How to Time the Golf Club Release Perfectly
Online Golf Instruction By: Chuck Quinton, Master Instructor • FULL BIO •
Today we are gonna be discussing how to add a little burst of speed into your golf swing, and a little bit of consistency. I know a lot of you have written to us in the past here, and asked us the question "Okay, when do we start to release a golf club? When does that movement start to happen?" Well, this simple little drill today is gonna start to train you and your body how to release a club properly, with proper timing, that's gonna help you get speed in the right spot.
So let's talk about that real quick before we start today's drill. Where do we want our maximum speed to be? Well, that's an easy question, right? That's an easy answer. We want it to be right down here at the bottom of the swing arc, right at impact. That's where we want the club to be at max speed. So many of us tend to struggle with putting speed into the wrong area of the golf swing. We tend to try to overuse our hands and arms, that in turn starts to throw the club very early, and then you're not having any sort of wag, which is a big source of club head speed. You know, we need leverage, which is nearly gonna be 60% or more of your club head speed. So if you start to try to speed the club up too early, then all you're doing is just wasting that down to the bottom of the swing arc, you have no leverage to be able to hit the golf ball with.
So that's what this drill's designed to do. So what I would like you guys to do at home, is I want you to go ahead and put a tee in the ground, about ball height, and I want you to go ahead and grab a golf club, I assume we all have one of these, and go ahead and take your setup here, and I want you to position the tee up off of your left ear. Okay, so this is gonna indicate our ball position. But what we're gonna do today is we're gonna flip the club over to start this drill, and we're gonna have it in our right hand. Now I know a lot of you guys are probably mind blown right now, that we're actually letting you do something with your trail hand in your golf swing which is typically the trouble maker, but that's just how we're gonna start to train you how to properly time that release.
So now we got the tee up off of our left ear, I've got a club just in my right hand, flipped over. What we're gonna do is just gonna turn to the top and mimic a backswing position. So from down the line what that's gonna look like, is you're gonna see that I'm in my normal backswing position. I've got my right wrist hinged a little bit here, a little bit of wrist cocking, I've also got this angle between my forearm and my bicep. Now this is the position of leverage right here, that we're gonna try to maintain when we start to shift our weight and we're gonna try to snap the release. And so what the tee is here for, it's just giving us an aiming point. Okay, we're gonna really try to create that snapping sensation down at the tee, and so we can hear the club actually whoosh right at the bottom of the swing arc.
So let's go ahead and watch how this drill works. So we're gonna load up to the top. Okay, now I want you to shift your weight, and as you start to shift your weight over to your left side I want you to snap down at the tee, okay? So you can hear the club actually starting to speed up down here at the bottom. I don't want speed out here, I don't wanna hear the whooshing back here, okay? So shift, speed at the bottom. Now, you can see I actually knocked the tee out of the ground. Now why is that a good thing to have happen? Well, now I know that if I'm taking this little tiny handle here and I'm meeting it to that little tiny tee on the ground, that's typically gonna mirror the center of the club face, so that's where the consistency part of this comes in.
I'm gonna go ahead and grab that tee. So I'm gonna put it back in the ground, and now I'm gonna try to speed this drill up a little bit. So I got my ball position up off my left ear. I'm gonna turn my body on my right side, shift, and I'ma snap. So you can see I missed the tee a little bit there, I just nicked it. Turn my body, shift, snap. So you can see that I ... you can hear the speed at the bottom of the swing arc there, see that my tee went flying. So now once you've done this drill, let's just say that you get proficient enough where you can hit that tee and you can hear it whoosh about 25 times in a row. If you can do that then you know that you're ready to start turning this thing over, getting both hands on the club, and trying to really start to add the speed to it the proper way.
So, assuming that you've gotten 25 times in a row, I want you to go ahead and take your setup, we're gonna flip the club back over. We're gonna put both hands on the club and we're gonna make the same sort of movement. So we're gonna go to the top, we're gonna shift our weight, and then we're gonna snap down at the tee. Now, because we have the heavy end of the golf club, effectively it's not gonna be ... it's gonna be much harder to snap down here and get the club to stop, so the club's gonna actually start to pull us more into a finish position. That's perfectly fine. So again, we're gonna ahead and set the tee up in the middle of the club face, take it up off my left ear, turning my body on my right side, and see that I'm snapping down at the tee went flying, that way I know I'm gonna hit the center of the club face, and I've got speed in the right spot.
So I want you to do 25 times in a row hitting the tee with the whoosh sound at the bottom of the swing arc, with the club upside down, then I want you to flip the club over and I want you to do 25 more reps like that. Then go out there, start hitting some golf balls, making those same sensations and I guarantee you, you will start to pick up a lot more speed and a lot more consistency. Now let's get out there, let's play some great golf in 2017 guys, I wish you guys all the best. Also remember, if you like this video, please click that thumbs up button for me. Also click the subscribe button, that way you get notifications any time we put out some new videos. And here's to playing some great golf guys, good luck with the drill.