If you have been looking at repeat NCAA Div 1 Champion Matt Wolff’s swing, you’re sure to be distracted by his funky-looking back swing and top position, but when you look at the part that really matters, it’s pretty darned good.
I’ll show you his down swing after the club has reached the plane of a more orthodox-looking swing, and you can see an excellent “3 O’Clock” position (other than the high trailing heel, but that’s an optimal matter, not a mechanically-unsound one), and a pretty good impact:
Whether you’re swinging a Driver or wedge, the key to a proper and smooth release is to swing down and through, without trying to actually strike the ball itself (which will make you ball-oriented and prone to reacting to it instead of just swinging).
I’ve talked about how you don’t swing at the target, but you also shouldn’t swing to “hit down” on the ball with irons and wedges either – down and through in one continuous motion is the way to get your best results.
I’ve been talking about the difference between a “flippy” or “casting” release and a proper, powerful and mechanically-correct release action.
Let’s take a look at the late great Mike Dunaway, the “Father of Modern Long Drive,”demonstrate and and explain what I’ve been saying about the release action, more specifically with the left or leading head release.
I’ve said since my early days in golf swing research and analysis that modern golf instructors and “gurus” seem to be trying to tell people that the rules of athletic motion are somehow different in golf as opposed to other sports.
That of course is so wrong as to be laughable, but I’m not the one trying to sell it, I’m just saying that athletic motion is athletic motion.
I found the video from Mike Dunaway in which he talks about an Impact/Release concept (if you still like and need concepts, they work ’til you don’t need’em!), and it’s very similar to the “Swinging Into A Wall” post from earlier in the month.
So, Uncle JJmentioned it in the comments, but I couldn’t find it at the time, even though I agreed with him on the similarity.
I have been looking for some examples of how many of the greatest swingers to play pro golf got properly into the leading side and foot through the ball rather than hanging back, and you’ll likely be surprised by some of the names that had a “short-stop slide” at one point in their careers.