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.