A Golf Swing Release Drill For Left Handed Players
A powerful release is a great way to generate power off your drive. Often, there are many online tutorials for right-handed players but none for lefties. In this article, we will show you an excellent release drill for a left-hander that will generate a fair amount of distance off the tee.
What is the release?
The release of your swing and golf club happens through impact with the golf ball. Here, your wrists uncock as you swing downwards. This helps to present a square club face to the ball, and if done correctly, means you will strike through the ball properly, sending it where you intended.
What is an effective drill that can help with the release?
There are many ways to practice this, but for left-handers, this is one of the easiest.
- Start with a club you would use for lofted shots, for instance, an eight iron is ideal.
Take a normal stance as you were setting up for a shot into the green. Aim at your intended target (normally straight down the range if you are practicing).
Before you start your swing, move your left foot backward by around a foot and allow your body to follow naturally. This makes you aim around 50m left of the target.
By doing this, your alignment change will force you to over release the club. This causes the clubface to rotate at a very fast rate in the contact zone.
If done successfully, your ball should draw, moving from left to right in the air as it whistles towards your target.
If you have done everything correctly, you should also notice that your forearms rotate with the left moving over the right.
Continue to practice this with shorter clubs, eventually moving through your bag as you hit each club successfully. Once your body gets used to the release motion and it becomes muscle memory, you can begin to withdraw the left foot even less, eventually making the movement very small.
This drill is an extremely effective way to ensure that as a left-hander, your release is not only perfect but that it will help to generate more distance out on the course. Be aware, however, this requires plenty of practice and it is not something that you will get right straight off the bat. Golf is a game of practice right? The more you put in the more successful you will be.