The late release


 

The late release is a crucial component of a good golf swing. It is safe to say that the later you leave your release the better the shot will be. Here’s how to put it into effect.

When you start your down swing your arms and the club should be at an angle of approximately 90 degrees to each other. Consciously maintain this angle as you swing down and through the ball. Pull the butt end of the club directly down towards the ball during the down swing in order to magnify this effect.

This might sound strange but don’t worry. If you are developing any swing speed at all centrifugal force will force the club head to catch up with your hands as long as your arms are continuing to accelerate through the ball position. This is inevitable and will happen automatically. Your role in the process is to allow it to happen without resisting in any way. This will add immensely to your power and thus distance.

If you can get your hands ahead of the ball as the club head goes through it you will have achieved close to your maximum power.

Throughout the down swing you should have a sense of the club head trailing behind the arms and hands. This sense of trailing is important. The down swing is far more of a “pulling” action than anything else. If you think about it, it will make sense. Anything that is being pulled behaves far more obediently than something that is being pushed. Horses pull carts, locomotives pull carriages. Pulling works.

If you allow the club head to overtake the hands before going through the ball by slowing down your hands, you will only achieve a weak “flipping” effect. Your timing will also be negatively affected and the ball flight will be high and weak. Work on keeping the hands accelerating until after contact. 

 

 

 

 

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