The kinds of release in words.

Yesterday in a thread on Golfwrx.com, I thought of how to explain what a proper release was in words and I think I have a pretty good way of describing the technical aspect of it.

A proper release involves the natural rotation of hands, wrists and forearms, that will be “held off” automatically by the opposing force (AKA the rotation of the body). All of these things working in sync will create the correct amount of lag for each individual that will be released at the golf ball when centrifugal force pulls the club head to the ball.

If you hold off/delay the release actively, you fight the centrifugal force aiding you in squaring the club. That can also slow the club down because if you are holding the release too long, you are fighting centrifugal force.

That is for those who like the technical side of it. For those who want plain English.

A poster on Golfwrx.com named KMeloney put it this way…and I liked it.

1) happen really late in the swing, where you have to get your timing just right and where the results of leaving the club face open, or flipping it closed can be really bad, 2) happen early in the swing, with no body turn and no dropping of the arms, resulting in a cast and terrible results, or 3) be started early in the down swing while turning your body and transferring your weight so that, by the time your arms are almost extended, the club head is coming into the ball with tremendous speed.

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9 Comments

  1. Bob

    Good description, Monte. I would like to hear you talk more about using centrifugal force.

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  2. Gunnar

    Thank you for the interesting information.

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  3. Kirk

    That KMeloney guy sounds like an absolute genius! Haha! Thanks again for the help, Monte. Keep up the good work!

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  4. T

    You have changed my entire concept of the golf swing. I’m slowly teaching my body to accept this. Takes some time to undo what 17 years of standard cliche’s has done to me.
    T

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  5. Peter Balogh

    Hey T, same here. Are you a lagholder? If yes can you talk abou how you managed the change or how you are about to do it? That is what I would need from Monte, some help what there is to feel, a drill or whatever. Regards, Peter

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    • Monte Scheinblum

      Peter, while it is winter there, keep doing this drill and by the time you can play, you will have it.

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      • Paul Cholette

        Monte–great drill and explanation, I found your site while reading Kelvin Miyahira’s articles on the swing–especially about being athletic and moving like a reptile–not a robot like evil Dr. X Factor McClean! Kelvin’s theories have already helped me tremendously and from what I’m reading on your site, my swing improvements will come even more rapidly.

        One question about this drill. If I do this correctly, will I have a flat/bowed wrist at impact? It’s all about continuing to rotate, right, otherwise my left wrist will cup at impact? Or am I too concerned about wrist postiion at impact.

        Great site and keep up the good work–this is very clear, concise and helpful.

        Be a reptile,

        Paul

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        • Monte Scheinblum

          You are correct on everything you said. The part about what the wrists will do, but especially about not worrying about what the wrists will do. 🙂
          and thank you, glad you enjoy the site.

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    • T

      Peter: Yes – how could I not be, ‘normal’ golf istruction being what it is. Living at the 60th latitude my golf season has ended but yesterday I went to the local range to check out if and how my body has accepted the new ‘input’. I concentrated on taking everything back at the same time and releasing as soon as possible. The output was extremely promising. Every shot ended with a classic finish in perfect balance! In addition to Monte’s advice I found that I had to make sure to have a (reasonabley) flat left wrist at the top. As soon as the water outside my home freezes over I’ll be hitting balls out on the ice.

      Monte’s video on plane and release tells it all, but if you want further confirmation; google on David Blair. The man has a wonderful accent (Scottish?) but as English isn’t my first language I really couldn’t tell.

      T

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