16 August, 2014 by Bobby Clampett

Clampett’s Corner – Releasing the Club

This week’s Clampett’s Corner question comes from Tom, and he wants to know about releasing the club.

I’m excited this question was asked because it provides me the opportunity to address a few questions at the same time.

    1. What is release?
    2. Where do you release the club?
    3. Is the release of the club automatic?
    4. How does this release contribute to optimal impact?

There are a lot of misconceptions about club release and several varieties of interpretations of the phrase.  The release takes place at the end of the lag right before impact.  The centrifugal force of your body’s motion during a golf swing propels the club into its release.  The longer you can delay the release, holding a proper angle through lag, the quicker the club will be moving on impact.  This should give you more yardage on your shots, and an overall cleaner golf swing.  Take a look in this edition of Clampett’s Corner.

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  1. I sent a message to another area here, going to try again. I bought your book and it has been helping me, but I am finding that since incorporating the aim technique I am topping the ball a lot more then I ever have. Is there something I can to avoid this topping??

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        Steve Eisenberg, Impact Zone Instructor

        Great question guy. I would recommend using the aiming point technique without a golf ball, making a line in the grass with a golf tee. Then, check your impact point in front of the line. Once you are able to consistently make a divot from the line forward, then put the ball back in play. This will take the pressure off your learning to use the aiming point technique without a golf ball present, and give you confidence you will not top the ball.

    1. Move on your forward foot energetically while looping all THE Time to THE AIM POINT ,4 Inches in front of THE ball :direct your hands from THE top of THE backswing to THE AIM POINT .

  2. Really enjoyed today’s Clampett’s Corner releasing the Club. It is the area that I am focusing on to make it second nature through my swing thoughts. Still working to hit the ball 4 inches forward. When I execute correctly, the quality of the golf shot and distance achieved is noticeable. Thanks for the great training.

  3. Hi Bobby
    I love your teaching.
    What is and is not happening when I hit the ball clean but only sweep the grass and don’t take a divot?
    What do I need to do to take a correct divot?

    from New Zealand

  4. I have trouble rushing the swing and I feel that I do not load it on the forefinger enough before starting the downswing. Is there a drill or something that will let me know that I am loading properly ?

  5. Bobby ,I have your fine instruction book THE IMPACT ZONE and I peruse it regularly .
    I have also Bought your DVD on ” Release “.However ,in m’y opinion ,there’s nô way you CAN Master the ” Late Release ” of the club ,other than rotating your hips faster .The ” Théorèm of Conservation of Angular Momentum ” ,described by famous Golf Teachet JOE DANTE ,says the Release takes care of itself andin nô way you CAN influence it ,other than rotating faster !
    Any comments or suggestions ?

  6. Bobby,
    Are you still accelerating the club on your follow through? And why? … you have already hit the ball.

    Thanks, Bill G.

    1. Bobby has said a gain And a gain That THE club should Still be accélèrerating ,after ” passing through ” THE ball :THE maximum speed is obtained 3 feet after the ball has been struck with THE irons and 4 feet for THE woods ‘ that’ when THE Arms are full y extended .

  7. Bobby,
    I am really enjoying the Impact Zone Training system. I am working on and am having some success applying the system to my irons but I am having trouble translating the system to my driver. Can you explain how to apply the system, especially dynamic #2 to my driver? Any tips would be greatly appreciated.

  8. I am very interested in :
    ” The Impact Zone ” however, because of a work schedule I would not be able to view it until mid November by which time we In the Frozen North will have abandoned golf clubs for hockey sticks. My question is can I learn this in an indoor facility or will the pounding on a mat negate the practice or even more importantly hurt my wrists, arms and other appendages ?

    Peter Randles

    1. Well now we certainly don’t want you hurting yourself! 🙂 Fantastic question! We’ll pass it along to Bobby and the instructor team.

  9. Great explaination: Thanks!!!

    Question: I believe you must have a flat left wrist and a bent right wrist at impact. How does this happen with different grips (strong vs weak)??? I used to relate this to the top of the back swing until I watched Freddie C and Dustin Johnson (both have strong grips but completely different at the top)???

  10. Just received my CD’s. I did not see anything on fairway woods or drivers. I saw you showing somebody swinging a driver but you never mentioned them. Does the impact point not work for woods?

    1. Hi Rick! It does work but is a bit different. Bobby just covered this in his quarterly call and, as he said, “the driver is the least important club” when it comes to acheiving the 4-inch in front swing bottom. Thanks for your question! We’ll pass it along to Bobby and the instructor team to see if we can get a more detailed response featured in one of the Clampett’s Corner videos.

    2. This is very WELL explained in BOBBY’s book : THE IMPACT ZONE .Just buy it .
      You have to hit DOWN with THE driver also :there are photos in THE book showing FIJAY SINGH hittoping his drive with a descending stroke .

      1. Raymond, you may want to be a bit more either understanding or compassionate in your responses. To be honest, You may be the reason I look else where for assistance if this is how the responses to questions are going to be. We are asking questions and most of your responses either seem rude or just for us to go out and buy the product. I would Hope that Mr Clampett isnt the same way..

      2. Hi Guy! We always appreciate your questions. Raymond is simply another customer/golfer/instructor just like many of you. He offers insights but is in no way affiliated with Impact Zone Golf. I am the Director of Marketing and Operations, and I make sure all of your questions get to Bobby! He does the very best he can to answer most of them either by creating a video response in Clampett’s Corner (http://impactzonegolf.com/category/clampettcorner/) or via our quarterly conference calls (access can be purchased in our online shop). Thank you for your interest in Impact Zone Golf and please keep us posted on your game!

  11. Received your email info drop re “releasing the club” but got no sound… Pretty useless without it…!! Keen to hear the answer – can you help..?

    1. Hi Chris, we have checked into the sound issues and can’t find any reason why you would be unable to hear our videos. Are you able to hear others on your computer? Just not ours? – Desha, Impact Zone Golf

  12. Bobby:

    As you said, the rotation of the body is the workhorse. My question is, when do you start rotating the hips? Is the rotation complete before impact or is it completed at impact. Elucidate on this question please.

  13. greetings, Every time I try to hold the release, I block out the shot and push it to the right. I seem to be able to pull my hands through too much, which creates a very low trajectory and poor shot. I am trying to hit the ball higher.
    any suggestions

  14. Hi

    Please help. I started hitting shanks with my short irons (PW & Gap wedge) under 100 meters. All the longer irons are 100% – good contact / straight.

  15. i feel perhaps I don’t have a natural release that good golfers apparently have. When you’re showing your angle of left arm and club…That’s how I arrive at Impact whether I do it with relaxed or tense arms…club face pointing out away from me and literally bring the club to impact hosel first. This only happens when I try and increase lag. Somewhere these hands must do something intentional to square the face…I fear my natural swing is shank/hosel first. It’s frustrating.

    1. Me, too, for many years. What did it for me was a tip from Hank Haney: to release the club properly, the knuckles of your left hand must turn (as your wrists uncock) toward the ground. You can’t do this if your grip is too tight.

  16. This is just so lacking in any meaningful analysis. If this is true, what’s the point of any instruction: It just happens, right? There is just so much more. Creating a stable release pattern through impact is influenced by many, many factors, grip strength, how the arms are used in backswing and downswing to create a stable pattern through the hitting zone, how the body and spine move, etc.

    Sorry, this is disappointing…….

  17. As an engineer, the release does occur due to dynamic but centrifugal force is not one of them as it does not exist. The downswing is actually an exercise in conservation of angular momentum. First, as one starts down, the hips rotate and build up angular (rotational velocity) momentum. As we approach impact, the hips slow down considerably and the angular momentum of the hips is transferred to the shoulders, arms and hands which transfer this to the club. You feel it as though the club is pulling away from you (centrifugal force) but it’s actually the club wanting to maintain its forward momentum and your arms pulling the club toward you with centripetal force. The club head’s angular momentum is then transferred to the ball and converted to linear velocity. Essentially, the faster one rotates the hips and torso, or core, will result in more club head velocity at impact that can be transferred to the ball. The more solid the strike, the more velocity that is transferred from the club head to the ball. Rory McElroy’s hips actually reverse near impact leading to a nearly 100% efficient transfer of angular momentum which explains why he hits it so far with control.

  18. That Raymond dude is a**hole. Im looking forward to learning and grooving the 5 dynamics.My book is here and im ready to go. Cant wait to get to work

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