Release me, Let Me Go

Did you know that if a golf club could speak, it would sing these words: “Please release me let me go”…..

Who Wrote Please Release Me Let Me Go?

Just to let you know it was not a golf pro!
The song ‘Please Release Me (Let Me Go)’ was written by Dub Williams, Eddie Miller and Robert Yount. This 1967 song was recorded by Engelbert Humperdinck who had previously used the name Gerry Dorsey. The breakup song reached the top of the UK music chart.

What makes a good golf swing difficult for most duffers is what they call the release, and for most of us duffers it is quite tricky to master because it requires a great deal of timing. When done correctly, it will increase your swing speed at the precise moment of impact, and isn’t  that what we are after?

Their are probably as many articles written about the release in a golf swing as there are Salmon in Lake Michigan. However, I found this to be about as good as any:

Most duffers , including  myself, release the club too early in the swing.  When we swing back  we create an angle between the club shaft and the left arm (for right-handed golfers). This angle between the club and left arm is what is released during the downswing. Releasing the club too early in the downswing can cause a loss of distance, poor contact and lack of accuracy. To release the club later in the downswing, you need the proper grip, wrist hinge, arm position and hip turn. If you make these changes, you can gain distance, accuracy and better contact.

What’s wrong:
You slice, you lack power and your impact sounds like a “thud” instead of a “crack.”

What to fix:
There are a number of errors that can lead to this kind of poor ball striking, but when you’re simultaneously producing slices that fly shorter than usual with a dead sound at impact, you’re not releasing the club correctly — if at all.

The release of the club through impact is a necessary swing component to:
• Make contact with the ball with a square clubface
• Add power to your swing
• Allow your clubhead to exit the hitting zone on plane

You can see why the release is such an important part of your swing. If you don’t square your face, the chances of a slice increase dramatically; if your swing lacks power, you’re not going to hit the ball very far; and if your club doesn’t exit on plane, you can almost guarantee catching the ball off the heel or the toe.

What to do:

Release by bowing your right wrist and “throw” your club at your target.

2. Swing your driver with just your right hand on the handle.
This will ingrain the feel of a powerful release. As your hand reaches your right knee on the downswing, begin unhinging your wrist and then really unload it through the hitting zone. (You can actually hit balls with this drill.) Try to bow your right wrist as your hand swings through impact and “throw” your clubhead down the target line. Feel how this aggressive unhinging adds extra speed to your swing and allows your club to remain on plane in your follow-through.

 Your club exits on plane when you bow your right wrist.

3. Now make swings with both hands on your driver.
Again, make sure to unhinge your wrists fully through impact so that your right wrist is bowed in your follow-through. (Your left wrist should be cupped.) There’s nothing shy about a powerful release, so really go after the ball through the hitting zone. If your shots start hooking, it’s a sign to add more body turn. When your shots start to fly straighter and farther, your release is definitely improving.

Practice hitting balls with a tee 2 inches in front of your ball. Hit the ball first, then the tee to develop a late release. Widen your stance by 6 inches


Do not swing with tight grip pressure or with tension in your arms. Tension will make it more difficult to release later.


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