Webster’s dictionary states that “timing” is the ability to select the precise moment for doing something for optimum effect. Let’s generalize “timing” as it pertains to golf. As most golfers know, if the ball slices, your timing is late and if the ball hooks, your timing is early. Yes, there are plenty of other factors that would make a ball hook or slice but for this discussion, we are focusing only on timing. To further understand “timing” we must investigate releasing the face of the golf club.
Lawrie points out that a golf club is designed to rotate in a circular motion. He continues to say that the left forearm and left wrist will help with this rotation (0:42 – 2:29). This is absolutely true. Lawrie shows a white arrow for target line and a black circular arrow to visualize club path (3:34). Great visual device, I may have to get one for my students.
How much time do most players who work for a living, have for practice and learn releasing the face of the golf club?
For most serious players, once a week on the range will not be effective to learn this in a short period of time. I’ll show you a different way of getting the same result much faster.
I introduced in earlier posts that the Katana Sword technique will automatically give you the club path (Lawrie’s black arrow) entering the golf ball from the inside. To release the face of the golf club, let’s do it in a different manner that won’t take a long time to learn. I stated earlier in other posts that the distance between your elbows in your triangle must stay constant throughout the entire swing.
If your hips clear prior to the arrival of the club head striking the ball, the release in the face of the golf club happens automatically.
Club head speed is induced with centrifugal force (the club head will want to get away from the center axis). Hip turn induces centripetal force (club head wants to move towards the center axis); by design the club face closes for you automatically with proper hip rotation. Learning hip movement is much easier to learn than proper timing and feel of the forearms and wrists.
As a side note: see the hip rotation video by Somax that I have on the right column of my website. I have always believed that a very fast hip rotation will give you extra distance. Most players have been brainwashed that fast moving hips will push the ball to the right. It does so because faster hip movement tends to bring you up and out of your spine angle. Learn to maintain your spine angle and you can move your hips as fast as you want to. Just a thought…
Releasing the face of the golf club requires too much timing