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Release

There are two different definitions of a release in the game of golf. The first and most common definition of release is when a golfer allows the golf club to catch up to their hands. This involves unhinging the rear arm and wrists. When it happens before impact it is deemed an "early release". Ideally the release will take place at the moment of impact when the player's hands are already past the golf ball. Release is also described as letting the clubface get back to square and then turn over after impact. If a player is not letting their arms release or roll over for instance, the clubface will remain open causing the ball to shoot right for a right handed player.

Release Drills

Release Tips

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  • Your Pivot is Your Engine

    Allow your hips to keep pivoting towards the target. Think of your pivot as the engine for your swing. It's where you get your power and acceleration. The faster you pivot, the faster the clubhead will come through the ball. If your pivot stops or slows too soon, your hands will take over. This forces an early release of the clubhead. Loss of power and control result.

  • Let Your Arms Roll

    Make sure to let the club face release or turn over through the ball. This requires you to roll your arms. Holding the face open or trying to lag the club too much can cause you to lead too much with the heel into the ball. In most cases the arms don't release simply because the golfer won't let them. If you relax your arms and let them react to your pivot, they will roll over and square up the clubface.

  • Stay Relaxed to Release

    One reason why the arms don't extend is because the player doesn't let them release or roll over. Make sure that your rear arm rolls over your front arm as you come through impact. As you pivot through the shot and create rotational speed the centrifugal force will throw your arms out and extend them through impact. As long as your arms are relaxed and you aren't trying to control or force the swing, they will return straight just like they were at address.

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