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In this video, I share with you how to release the club correctly using your body. Learn how to move your body and arms correctly so you can play your most consistent golf.

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Find him on YouTube at: https://www.youtube.com/user/adaviesgolf Advanced Fellow of the PGA Head Golf Professional The Marriott Forest of Arden The Golfing Machine Authorised Instructor TPI Certified Fitness Golf Instructor PGA Swing Lecturer PGA Swing Examiner PGA Qualified in 1999, Achieving 3rd position Trainee of the Year Roles Former Academy Coach Wales South West Squad Performance Director Midland Performance Golf Academy Coach to GB & I Squad Member Head Coach to Birmingham University Teams Coach to Solihull College AASE England programme Coached Numerous County Squads including Staffordshire, Warwickshire and Derby. Philosophy I am a highly self-motivated full time coach committed to improve players of all standards. Through continually developing my skills and knowledge I am considered one of the leading coaches and have been recently voted in Golf Worlds top 100 coaches. Having excellent communication skills enables me to be able to deliver first class tuition to all levels of golfers and this is reflected in my achievements from my players and personal accolades.

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  1. ChipN'Run

    Nov 6, 2017 at 7:58 pm

    Alastair,

    Just watched your YT on Proper Body Release. I have trouble spraying the ball on approach shot. I get pretty solid hits, but sometimes my draw turns into a pull, or hangs out a little right on a push.

    Your description of proper body release captures much of what the 5SK people talk about in diagonal sweet spot. Anyway, I had two questions:

    1. You had talked about letting the neck rotate properly. Nicklaus used to talk about “cocking the chin” before takeaway, supposedly to allow for more shoulder turn. Would the chin cock help with proper neck rotation? Or, what does chin cock really do as far as the resulting swing?

    2. When I am hitting tee shots well, I get this sense of slinging the arms through right at impact. I’m letting the hips lead/clear out on the downswing, but I’m wondering if the slinging can lead to spraying problems. As long as the hips and torso lead, should the slinging be OK. (With slinging, I definitely hit THROUGH the ball rather than TO the ball on my poorer contact days.

    I enjoyed your YT segment. You have a clear speaking voice, and you shot outdoors but were able to prevent the irritating wind noise that hisses in background of so many of these videos. solid knowledge, and top quality production!

  2. Hawkeye77

    Nov 5, 2017 at 9:15 am

    No, no, no.

  3. TexasSnowman

    Nov 4, 2017 at 10:44 pm

    yep, Alastair you nailed it on this one. 99% of us do not or cannot release properly and 98% of us do not understand what the proper release sequence is as you describe here. Stalling bodies, flipping wrists are everywhere, even some pretty good players do it.

  4. etc.

    Nov 4, 2017 at 4:40 pm

    99% of all 50 million ‘golfers’ worldwide are unable to rotate their hips, torso and shoulders in a sequential manner; they rotate everything in unison and only slap or shovel the golf ball.
    They have a rigid kinetic chain and cannot generate adequate speed and therefore cannot properly release the arms, hands and club into impact.
    What they do is try to consciously square up the clubface and fail miserably. They are physically inadequate and will remain so because they refuse to condition and train their bodies.
    The golf club OEMs exploit this inadequacy by promising performance for the pathetic, and they buy it in their desperation.

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3 keys for getting out of bunkers with soft sand

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One of the most infuriating things in golf is to land in a bunker that has too much sand, or sand with the consistency of a truckload of talcum power. Now, I am not picking on the Superintendents; they do have to add new sand from time-to-time, so no hate mail please! It’s my fault for hitting it in the bunker in the first place, and bunkers are supposed to be hazards; I know that.

The one thing we will assume for this article is that even though we are in soft sand, we will have a good lie, not a plugged or semi-plugged one. We are in a bunker that just has a bunch of sand, or it’s soft and fluffy sand. Everyone asks me what the secret is to handling these types of conditions and I’m here to help you get better.

1) Get a wedge with the correct bounce

Let’s consider that you play the same golf course every weekend, or that you mostly play on courses that have the same type of playing conditions mostly. When you have this luxury, you should have wedges that fit the conditions you tend to play. So, if you have a low bounce wedge with a sharp flange and you’re playing from bunkers with lots of sand, then you are putting yourself at a disadvantage.

Why alter your swing if the wedge you have can help you? Use a high bounce wedge (9-12 degrees of bounce) for soft sand, and a low bounce wedge (6-8 degrees) for firm sand.

2) Control your Angle of Attack 

As with most things in golf, there are always things that you must pay attention to in order for you to have the odds in your favor. Simple things such as paying attention to the lie you have can help you save shots in the rough. In bunkers, you cannot test the surface, however, you can use your feet to feel the density of the sand. Pay attention to what you feel in the balls of your feet. If you feel a ton of sand below you, then you know you will have to alter your angle of attack if you want any chance to get out of the bunker successfully.

So what do I mean by this?

The setting of your wrists has a very dynamic effect on how much the wedge digs in or skids through the sand (assuming you have an open face). When there is a surplus of sand, you will find that a steeper attack caused by the maximum cocking of your wrists makes it much easier for the wedge to work too vertical and dig too deep. When you dig too deep, you will lose control of the ball as there is too much sand between the blade and the ball — it will not spin as much and won’t have the distance control you normally have.

The secret to playing from softer sand is a longer and wider bunker swing with much less wrist-set than you would use on your stock bunker shot. This action stops the club from digging too deep and makes it easier for you to keep moving through the ball and achieving the distance you need.

3) Keep your pivot moving

It’s nearly impossible to keep the rotation of your shoulders going when you take too much sand at impact, and the ball comes up short in that situation every time. When you take less sand, you will have a much easier time keeping your pivot moving. This is the final key to good soft-sand bunker play.

You have made your longer and more shallow backswing and are returning to the ball not quite as steeply as you normally do which is good… now the only thing left to do is keep your rear shoulder rotating through impact and beyond. This action helps you to make a fuller finish, and one that does not lose too much speed when the club impacts the sand. If you dig too deep, you cannot keep the rear shoulder moving and your shots will consistently come up short.

So if you are in a bunker with new sand, or an abundance of sand, remember to change your bounce, adjust your angle of attack, and keep your pivot moving to have a fighting chance.

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Are you flipping through impact? In this video, I share a great drill that will help you put better pressure on the golf ball at impact. By delivering the sweet spot correctly, you’ll create a better flight and get more distance from your shots immediately.

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For many golfers, the ability to hit shots golf ball to the target is a difficult task, especially when you take into account the rough, trees or hazards lining the hole. In this video, I share “The Wagon Wheel Drill,” a simple idea of how to practice intentionally hitting the ball left, right and on target.

Practice this and you will soon be hitting the target more often.

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