Today we take a look at the swing of a true legend of the game, Lee Trevino. Lee is going to show us how to release your clubhead down the line.
Trevino, winner of six major championships, had a home-made swing that looks a bit odd and awkward at first. Don't let this deceive you. Lee was, and is, regarded as one of the games all-time great ball strikers. So obviously he did a lot of things right, and could do them right under extreme pressure. Most importantly, he had a golf swing that the Occasional Golfer can emulate successfully. Let's have a look at Lee hit a few balls:
Some notable things about Lee's motion are that he has a pronounced starter move (for example, 0:05, 0:24, 1:05), a fairly short backswing, and a huge down-the line clubhead release. Indeed, it looks as if he is literally hurling himself down the target line, chasing after the ball. This is the key to his consistent ball striking -- he is able to keep the clubface square to the target line for an incredibly long time with this unique release motion. Hence, he can hit the ball with a very shallow descending blow.
To study his release a bit further, study the swing sequence from (0:38) to (0:42). I've stopped the action at a few key points, and drawn horizontal and vertical reference lines below:
|Lee Trevino stays centered over the ball despite his aggressive "Chase the Ball Down the Line" Move on the downswing and release.|
Now, I'm not suggesting you drop your head on the downswing as much as Lee Trevino. But, if your back can handle it (be sure to warm up first), try hitting some easy shots like Lee. Keep your head centered over the ball, clear your hips, fire through the ball, extend the clubface down the line after impact -- do it like Lee. You will find that you are striking down on the ball, releasing the clubhead down the line, and enjoying a new consistency to your ball striking that you've not seen before.
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