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Question on Diagnosing Problems:

I seem to have a recurring problem of casting the club and cannot seem to stop despite knowing that I am doing it. It is drastically effecting my distance. Any tips on how to overcome this?

I also need help increasing my club head speed.
--Jason S. from Arvada, CO

Hi Jason. Thanks for writing MyGolfInstructor.com. I'm looking forward to helping you with your game.

Let's start with targeting your problem of casting the club because in turn, cutting down on or eliminating your cast will help increase your clubhead speed.

When you are casting you are taking the angles that you establish on your backswing with your rear wrist and elbow (these are typically close to 90 degrees if you are flexible) and releasing them too early in the downswing because you are using your arms and hands to move the golf club as opposed to using your pivot.

The most important thing here is to first understand the correct sequence in the downswing what we call the kinematic sequence. It's the order that your body parts fire and accelerate on the way down to the ball. This order should be hips, then shoulders and then arms. This basically means that you are going to leave your hands and club alone until they fire at impact. Without seeing your swing it is of course impossible for me to determine if you are in fact firing in the correct sequence.

The instinct to hit with your hands can be very strong. There are many effective drills you can do to delay your release. Drills are reserved for Pro subscribers, but I'm going to give you 2 for free Jason so you can sample this part of our service.

Chase the Ball Drill:
Chase the Ball Drill

Move the Angles Drill:
Move the Angles Drill

Give them a try and let me know hoe you do. You may also like this article here which will help you get into correct impact alignments.

Impact: Getting To Perfect Impact:
www.mygolfinstructor.com/instruction/diagnosing-problems/impact-getting-to-perfect-impact/

I hope that helps and let me know if you have any other questions.
Thanks!

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