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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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