Golf Swing Drill: Learn the Release by Throwing a Stick Underhand

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Symptom:  Poor release on full shots, leading to weak shots that slice or tail off.  You know you ought to "get through the ball" better but just can't figure out what that really means or how to actually do it...

Overview:  Learn the proper swing release by throwing a stick.  Find a stick about a yard long, and throw it underhand at a specific target about 30-40 yards away.

Why it works:  It is remarkably simple to get the feel of a proper release using this drill.  But the particulars or the drill are quite important:

  • The stick needs to be about a yard long, because that is about the length of a golf club.  Any longer, and you won't be able to throw it underhand without scraping the ground.
  • You must throw it underhand (with your right hand) because the golf swing is basically an underhand motion with your right arm (for a right-handed player).
  • You must throw it at specific target because this makes you focus on your aim, and will cause you to step and release towards your target, not just on throwing a stick a certain distance.
  • You must aim it at a target about 30-40 yards away, because you need to throw the stick hard to get the feel of a proper release.  Any closer, and you won't develop the necessary lag to fling the stick to the target.  Without the lag, you won't execute the release and follow through properly.

All it takes is a few throws of your stick to get the idea.  After throwing a few sticks, take some practice swings.  You will be amazed at how much more powerful and smooth your swing has become after throwing a few sticks!

To see what a world-class release looks like, let's call on Fred Couples.  Freddie's release has been one of the best in the game for decades.  Have a look at the way he fires down the target line:

Run the video to 0:30, so it looks like this.  Can you imagine if Freddie let go of the club at this point?  It would fly straight down the target line!  That's the feel you are looking for with this drill.
Fred Couples Golf Swing Driver Release
Fred Couples releases his driver down the target line.
What other golf drill have you read that can improve your game, clean up your yard, or entertain your dog all at the same time? 

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