Releasing the Golf Club More Effectively

Working on releasing the club is one of the trickier elements of the golf swing to improve on. A good release will help the club tear through the hitting zone and get the ball up in the air and started on line. Without a good release, you will probably be left with low-flying shots that don’t maximize your power potential and may start well to the right of the target (for a right-handed player).

While it is difficult to work on your release without just hitting some shots on the range or on the course, there is a simple drill that you can do to get a better feeling for what a good release is like.

Start with a seven-iron or other mid-iron of your choice. Standing in a place where you can make some practice swings safely, take the club in only your right hand (again, for a right-handed golfer). Start at your normal address position, except only have the right hand on the club with your usual grip. From there, start making slow swings all the way back and all the way through. As you are coming down through the bottom of the swing, feel what your right hand is doing with the club in terms of a release.

With no left hand on the grip to ‘get in the way’, your right hand is free to fire the club through the hitting zone aggressively. You will probably feel more of the release than you normally do with two hands on the club, and that is a good thing. The club should be flying through the hitting zone, and you should have no trouble bringing it all the way up into a finish position.

Once you make several one-handed practice swings, put your other hand back on the club and make your normal swing. Even though you are no using two hands, try to feel the same aggressive release that you had going with just the one hand. While you probably won’t be able to release quite as fast with two hands, the feeling you have experienced should still help you to improve from where you started.

A good release is a compromise between aggressiveness and control. You don’t want to use all hands through the hitting zone in an effort to maximize the release, but you don’t want to hang onto it either. By practicing the one hand drill, you can hopefully reach a nice balance and a good release.

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