Golf Tips: Hinge and Release Drill
A quick, simple and efficient drill to help ingrain
the feeling of a natural release is the "one handed drill."
(right hand for right-handers and left hand for left-handers)
As the name suggests, the drill requires that you
swing the club with only one hand. To execute this drill correctly
you must simulate your full swing as much as possible. Use
a full rotation of your body; don't just swing with the arms and
hands. The goal of this drill is to feel a full turn of the
body while allowing for a natural and effortless release with the
arm and hand. You do not want to slap weakly at the ball.
Begin by gripping the club with your normal grip and
take your usual address position. Then remove your upper hand
and place it behind your back as in picture #1.
Make sure to tee the ball up, as you do not want to hurt your wrist
by hitting a heavy shot.
Prior to swinging, practice hinging your wrist up and down using
a hammer-like action as in picture #2.
Now take your backswing while making a concerted effort to turn
the shoulders and hinge your wrist. Your arm should be bent
at the elbow just as in an underhand throw. You should hear
a nice "whooshing" sound as you strike the ball.
You will begin to feel a much better hinge and release into the
ball, which will create a more powerful swing with less effort.
After a few practice sessions, your release will become more powerful
and efficient. This drill will also improve your timing and
tempo while relieving tension in your arm. Finish right through
the shot with all the weight through to your front foot as in picture
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