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Date Posted: 17:19:46 07/07/00 Fri
Author: GeneO
Subject: Re: What do you mean by release?
In reply to: Peter 's message, "What do you mean by release?" on 07:21:48 07/07/00 Fri

Most of what I've read and/or heard (from instructors and others) uses the term "release" to refer to the straightening/unbending/unhinging/uncocking/whatever of the wrists (which sometimes includes rotation as well). That's how I use it. I.e., the wrists hinge, bend, cock, whatever on the backswing (and with Moe, it increases at the start of the downswing) and on the downswing as you approach impact, you release the wrists to allow them to unhinge (unbend, uncock, etc) which gives you extra clubhead speed. Many people believe that one of the keys to increasing speed is delaying the release (which was one of the points of the "pump" drill, I believe). "Casting" is unhinging or releasing the wrists at the start of the downswing (which is bad and leads to reduced power and an out-to-in swing).

Anyway, that should give you an idea of what I understand the term to mean.

BTW, my understanding of the rotation that you are describing is that it really isn't a conscious "twisting" of the forearms to rotate the clubhead open and shut. Rather, it's something that just happens due to the mechanics of arms, elbows, and wrists as you take the club back. I am under the impression that adding additional rotation into the backswing than what naturally happens as a result of taking the club back is not a "good thing" in Natural Golf. For me personally, I've found that once I stopped trying to rotate the clubface open and shut, I increased my consistency with no perceptible loss of distance. I assume that if you were adding rotation in the backswing, that at some point prior to impact you would have to "release" it or you'd always hit big slices, so if you rotate like that then I could see using the term release to refer to the "unrotation" or "anti-rotation" as well. But that rotation isn't part of my swing so it's not part of my release.


> I am curious if we all mean the same thing when we use
> the term 'release'.
> When I use the term 'release' I mean the rotation of
> the club from toe up before imapct to (hopefully) face
> square to the target line at impact to toe up at a
> point soon after impact.
> This represents about 180 degrees of rotation on an
> axis along the shaft. In IMA this happens between
> shaft horizontal on the downswing and shaft horizontal
> after impact.
> Is this what you mean by 'release'?
> Peter

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  • Re: LTOBG Video on Release -- Peter, 20:24:10 07/07/00 Fri
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