Releasing/Throwing is NOT Flipping Or Casting

Originally posted at DJ Watts Golf on October 29, 2011.

I’ve got some photographic proof here that the “throw” or “Full Release” and not trying to create artificial lag in the swing do not lead to the “flipping/casting” that many higher-handicap golfers perform.

I’ve said in previous postings that I don’t believe in the “lag” school of thought, that you can create all the lag you need right at the top of the back swing instead of trying to create or maintain in during the down swing.

Take a look at three photo stills I’ve taken of my Driver swing after impact, from three different angles.

In a flipping or scooping motion, the club head passes the hands before impact and there is virtually no power in it. You also get a breakdown of the right wrist angle, where the right wrist goes from cocked to past flat in the extension. Well, if you look below, you’ll see that I perform a “throw release” with no great lag in the middle part of the downswing, and yet I do not have a breakdown of the right wrist.

  • 1. Well after impact, my right arm and the club shaft reach a flat-line of zero angle.
  • 2. Looking down the line, even at this point of the follow-through extension, my club head still has not passed the plane of my right shoulder to hand – meaning, my hands are still leading the club head around the swing circle.
  • 3. Looking up the line, the club head is only now catching up to my hands traveling around the circle. They obviously have passed my hands on the vertical plane of the swing at impact, but as the hands and club head travel around the swing circle, you’ll see that my right wrist at this point is still flat and has not made any scooping motion whatsoever.

The pictures don’t lie.

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