The Proper Way to Release Your Club (and Fix Your Slice)

The Proper Way to Release Your Club (and Fix Your Slice)

One of the more difficult things for the average player to understand is the idea of being able to get a release in the golf swing. In other words when they get down to the ball they tighten up too much in their hands and their arms start to separate from the body too much. This keeps the face from closing or squaring up and the ball goes out to the right.

How to Fix Your Slice

What is their option? Well, they just get up and start swinging to the left to make it slice back. Let me show you a wonderful little idea and tool to help you get the release so that you can hit the ball straight. There is an old Scottish saying 'Ya wana icheride aeven its howya doit.' What did I just say? I said If you want to hitch a ride to heaven, this is how you do it. Right there.

Slice Fix: Hitch a Ride to Heaven

You see where the thumb is, 12 o'clock, pointing straight up, that is Hitching a ride to heaven. What it means is that when I take my golf club and I swing it halfway through to the finish, if I have my thumb pointing in the 12 o'clock position so that the face is closed up, that is going to be a straight shot. Now, the slicer does this. He pulls the left arm away from the body, the thumb points over at two o'clock, the face never closes and the ball goes out to the right.

So what we want to do, if we want to not slice it, maybe you want to draw it, then you put the thumb at 10 o'clock. The arm stays in, the thumb is now pointing at 10 o'clock, and that is a draw or hook. You feed this thumb position in before you swing. If you want a dead straight shot practice a 12 o'clock thumb position with just your left arm and the club, hold your left arm and club in that position for a quick 10 count. Then put your right arm on the club while holding that position, feel it for a second and swing it. Dead straight. That is how you hitch a ride to heaven.

Category: Downswing
Sub-Category: Arms, Hands, Wrist
About the Instructor
Gary Wiren
Gary Wiren
Trump International Golf Club
3505 Summit Blvd.
West Palm Beach, FL. 33406
Tel: 800-FOR-GARY
Tel: 800-367-4267

Dr. Gary Wiren was the PGA Teacher of the Year in 1987 and is also author of the PGA Teaching Manual. He is listed as one of Golf Magazine's Top 100 Teachers and Golf Digest's #12 instructor in the world.


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