Problem – Full Extension Release

throw releaseHere’s something that occurred to me yesterday.

Most people, in my experience, have had a good deal of trouble with the concept of the full-extension release.

It is usual to find people coming into impact with a visible lowering of the body (the “harpoon”), and/or having their right elbow (for right-handed swingers) jammed into the hip as they try to turn, baseball-style, on the ball.

Those who can affect a proper extended-arm impact and release action, of course, are the longer hitting swingers, with less effort, because this is using MCS or mechanically-correct action at its ultimate.

I have been searching for the best way to explain this concept, as I myself struggled with it for years, being a left-arm “puller” of the golf club.

When you “pull” the club down with the leading side, you will be liable to fall victim to using just the “pull” of the “push & pull” action of a full-body swing.

The “Harpoon”

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Conversely, naturally right-handed people who swing will tend to grasp the concept better, but you will still have people diving at the ball, trying to “pull” the hands down to impact.

And what happens is that you now fall out of proper down swing position, and bad things happen at impact, either with the club face, or your body, or both.


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The most obvious clue to whether someone has a proper release or a “hold-off” impact and release is to watch the club head and the hands – is the club head releasing past the hands or are the hands and club moving more together, as above?

So, why am I talking about this now, when I’m supposedly “out” of things to say about the swing?

Because I’ve been able to demonstrate the action myself, as seen here below, but it was a conscious action, one that you don’t want on the golf course.

throw release

Because yesterday, while just swinging my stick idly in the living room watching television, I got a flash of a visual that may work with showing others how to properly sequence the down swing to get the extended-arm release as a natural move and not a conscious one.

It’s part of MCS swing theory, but very few people have been able to translate the theory of extended-release into execution, because I will tell you – it’s the most difficult part of the swing to grasp and, even once you’ve grasped it, to implement.

I took my visual to the driving range today and the first few swings are dead left pulls, but a mile long with my 7 iron – because I was extending to the release, but the club face was closing or my shoulders were opening prematurely (the scoliosis thing).

After a half-dozen balls, I knew I had something.  The feel was different, and the sound and flight of the ball – I’ve killed some balls in my time, but this was… different


After 11 years of ball striking research, I knew immediately that the different and new feel through the ball was big…for me

With the driver, I found one thing felt very, very different – the effort level seemed almost low, with this sequencing, as the pivot and weight transfer were doing all the work.

Point 2 – I also looked at the back swing a little, with regard to how the left wrist works on the back swing and down swing to make that release natural, and boy! I may have some good, good stuff to present in the next few weeks, if time allows.

I took some video with face-on swings with 7 iron and Driver, and got a slo-mo shot of both clubs down the line.

I’m crunched for time today with other things, but I’ll try to get that video edited and posted for a little more discussion.

And I’m not done with this concept – today, I felt what it must truly feel for a right-handed person with a natural extension move to hit a golf ball.

And you know what that means – if I can conceptualize, visualize and perform the action – then I can demonstrate and explain it…

More later!


Want to learn more about the MCS Golf Swing Theory? Try one of DJ’s “Secrets of the MCS”video shorts available via download.

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Or you can download the very latest MCS Golf Swing video “MCS – Perfect Pivot based on the flawless pivot action of Ben Hogan.

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14 thoughts on “Problem – Full Extension Release

  1. major tom

    I doubt you’ll ever be “out” of things to discuss about the swing. for what appears to be a simple motion, there are nearly infinite variables that keep us continuously in search of the holy grail. I think that is the fascination with golf, every now and then you get the perfect hit that goes 10 – 20 y farther than your best and wonder, how did I do that? and don’t forget to hit us with the occasional screed now and again 🙂

    1. D Watts Post author

      Doubt there will be any screeds, Major – I barely watched the year’s final major and when I woke up on Monday, I had nothing to say about it.

      I will always be keen on athletic motion and sundry, but modern pro golf offers me absolutely nothing.

      TV Golf is a wasteland, and I’m not interested.

      1. major tom

        in any case, I’m confident that you’ll continue to maintain a critical eye on the modern golf establishment

  2. David

    Love how that lead foot is so stable.

    You my friend are the greatest swing analyst of all time. Thank you for the continued work.

    1. D Watts Post author

      Thanks for the kind words DK – although the embellishment was not required! 😉

  3. Laser

    What you’re talking about gets into REAL bio-mechanics–not the phony machine mechanics that they pass-off as bio-mechanics.

    That’s what Moe Norman meant when he said, “Too much mechanics, not enough motor skills.”

  4. targettom

    Lately my woods have been great but my iron distances very inconsistent. So I went to the range today with my interpretation of what I saw in your video above. I immediately got back the distance I was losing esp. on my short irons. It felt so easy and it felt very efficient. So thanks again DJ.

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