Release the Club

Grip the club lightly and hinge your wrist on your takeaway.  On the downswing keep the angle of the wrist in the first photo, then release the club!  Your hands always pass the ball before you make impact.  Swing within yourself, and make good contact!

release the clubDon’t hold on:  Let your wrists unhinge and square up with your target – keep your balance, finish and don’t overswing.

By Sean Foley |Photo by Stephen Szurlej |July 2012

Lag is a misunderstood concept.  When powerful ball-strikers such as John Daly and then Sergio Garcia came onto the scene, and people could really see how much the clubhead trailed their hands as they were about halfway through the downswing, it became the goal of many golfers to try to create and maintain more lag.  They figured all they had to do was hold off the release of the wrist angle they created at the top of the swing as long as possible–just like John Daly and Sergio Garcia.

Well, here’s the problem with swinging like this: If you don’t let the clubhead release naturally, you’re going to hit a lot of weak slices.  The clubface will come into the ball too open, and you won’t transfer enough energy into the hit.  For good players, clubhead lag doesn’t come from holding off the release.  It’s a product of the change of direction at the top of the swing. If you had a slow-motion camera, you would see Sergio’s lower body moving toward the target and unwinding while the club is still completing the backswing.

So instead of thinking about “holding on” to your lag, focus on unhinging your wrists during the downswing so your arms are nearly straight at impact.  Your wrists should be square to your target when the club meets the ball. You’ll notice that your left forearm naturally rotates to do this (above, right).  If you don’t have any forearm rotation, then you’re still trying to hold on too much.  Don’t hold on to set the face at impact, release the club! 

Swing within yourself, don’t overswing and make good contact!

Sam Snead – Don’t over swing, swing within yourself and make good contact!

Practice without fear!  Play without fear!  Golf is just a game!

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