Do you early release?


The Early Release is a down Swing Fault and is defined as and excessive loss of angle created with the club shaft and lead arm in the down swing. This is one of the most common Swing Faults and has a huge influence on contact and producing power to the golf ball. This is also one of the hardest things to train. Starting the down swing in the right sequence is really important when it comes to this Swing Fault. The best players in the world start from the ground up passing energy from the lower body to the torso then arms and hands and eventually to the golf club. This allows the club to trail and will hold or even decrease the angle in the down swing ultimately creating a more solid hit and more power and a more penetrating ball flight.

Common Causes

  1. Poor understanding of concept – Golfers are often unaware of how we are looking to generate speed and start the down swing. This can lead to applying power to early from the hands and arms.
  2. An open club face – This is the most common cause. When a golfer has an open club face or poor back swing sequence, in an effort to square the golf club at impact they will Early Release.

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