The Down Swing & Release – Hollow The Shaft (Video)

club-shaftThis is a little clip from the four hours of video that I shot last summer and fall with David D.

Of course, everything couldn’t make it into the final cut of the “MCS – Dropping The Hammer” video, but here’s a little out-take that will be familiar to the old hands.

When we used to discuss the “throw release,” it’s easier for a right-handed person swinging right-handed to think of throwing the club down and letting it go at the bottom, but if you’re stuck on that visual, or perhaps you’re a left-handed “puller” of the club when swinging right-handed, then this visual works for both types.

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The problem with “pullers” or people who tend to try to swing to the target is that the ball isn’t at the target, so the instinct to do so will cause a lot of problems in the golf swing, from turning early or delaying the release to try to stiff-wrist the ball, and other things.

So, if you think of the shaft being hollow, you might get the meaning of both terms which seem contradictory – “The swing is finished at the bottom, but you swing through to the finish.”

“Hollow Out Your Shaft…”


And all that means, is that the swing should be finished at the bottom as there’s nothing you can do to the ball after it’s been struck, so any effort after that point is wasted or leaked power, and the whole idea of swinging “through to the finish” is to simply let momentum carry you around.

So, the two terms are not contradictory, you have to know the difference between when the powering phase of the swing is finished (at the swing bottom), and when the motion terminates (at the finish).

This principle works very well with the “Dropping The Hammer” concept, so try it out!


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

“Dropping The Hammer!”

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Or you can download the very latest MCS  video “MCS – Dropping The Hammer , Part 3 of the MCS Golf Swing Trilogy**

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2 thoughts on “The Down Swing & Release – Hollow The Shaft (Video)

  1. Van

    I remember you used to talk about throwing the club into the ground about a foot in front of the ball in the driver position, DJ. Looks like the same concept in a different presentation!

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