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Pete Kostis strikes again. When critiquing KJ Choi’s golf swing he said it was OK to come over the top if you turn your hips and hit a cut.

If he had stopped right there, I would have been giving props to him in this very sentence…but then, he went too far and added…

“You just can’t release the club or it will be a pull hook.”

I want to see Peter demonstrate a pull hook while doing the following:

1. Come over the top

2. Have proper hip movement

3. Release the club while continuing to accelerate the club

He can’t. You know why? BECAUSE IT CAN’T BE DONE!!!!!!!! I guess if you absolutely tried to you could, but that actually makes my point.

Nice Peter, you could have helped people and now you just made it worse. People are going to hold off the release and hit a slice or a pull if they drag their hands through impact without releasing. On a cut, the club releases, it just happens later by the lower body turning better and more.

THE CLUB ALWAYS RELEASES. The club will release when it is supposed to, as long as you allow it. It’s late releases that are almost always the cause of a hook. A hook is a compensation your body makes to avoid hitting the ball way right when the club is coming into the ball open.

Before I move on to the golf, one more thing to add to my rant. Chris Kirk…PULL THE TRIGGER! There are always exceptions, but all of that backing off the ball and gyrating does nothing but jack up your nerves and your rhythm when you get under pressure. Don’t tell me anything about routine. It’s only a routine if uou do the same thing every time ALA Jim Furyk. I don’t approve of that either, but at least it’s the same every time.

See Doug Sanders on the 72nd hole at St Andrews if you don’t believe me (someone will post a video in the comments section).

KJ Choi is an example of how you can overcome a funky thing in your move with good rhythm and balance. It won’t always fix all your faults, but it can help you get away with them. I really enjoy watching him play. Even though he is not demonstrative, he looks like he has fun and doesn’t take himself too serious.

PS-When I say good rhythm, I mean good rhythm, not the ultra slow back swing and a jerk in transition that you see at every range in the world. I also don’t mean that forced slow perfect swing that is aesthetic, but totally ineffective. You still have to attack the ball.

Jeff Overton is nuts, but I like him. To me, he is much better than all of the robot drones walking the fairway today. He doesn’t have a contrived cookie cutter move, he attacks the course and puts the ball in the air.

I REALLY LIKE Ricky Fowler. Great game, good personality and again, looks like he is having fun.

Lastly I really want to give it up for Nick Watney. 27 on the back 9 Saturday? I don’t care if the par is 30, 27 is ridiculous. I have shot 27 twice. Once on a par 3 course and the other time was on a par 36, but I quit after 7 holes.

Any time someone goes really low, then goes low again the next day to win the event, that garners my respect. Not that that’s worth anything (LOL), but following 62 with a 66 and winning is a tough thing to do mentally.




  1. s.

    When people say “release,” they may not be talking about the same thing.

    Is “release” trying to rotate the face through impact, like A.J. Bonar?

    Or, is it trying to square-up the face and hammer the ball with brute force?

    Or, is the right hand releasing in a slapping motion like Hogan & Bobby Jones & others have said–right hand is non-rotational, no rolling, no scooping–a centrifugal release?

    Heh-heh…in this column you attacked cookie-cutter and funky at the same time.

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  3. Andrew

    I was there watching Sanders from the grass in front of the 1st tee stands (skinny brat in shorts). Although it was a tricky putt I remember the concern running through the crowd as he took an age. no surprise when he missed.

    Andrew from Addis

  4. BernardP

    For me, release is letting the clubhead swing freely through the downswing, without interference or conscious manipulation.


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