STOP SCOOPING AND GET MORE DISTANCE

If you scoop in your golf swing and you want to get more distance and consistency then you need to read on.

Who would of thought that one would be better than two! Well maybe in the case of re-educating the release of the club and getting rid of the early release then yes! Maybe one hand is better than one.

Before we start lets make sure we understand what the Early Release is.  The Early Release happens when the wrist set that is created in the backswing is released early in the down swing which results in a scooping action which can reduce power and drastically effect the contact consistency.  You can see in the good impact position below that the lead arm and club are pretty much in a straight line at impact, where as the shaft is leaning back in the Early Release example.

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We often get asked which hand is the culprit in causing the Early Release or Scooping as it is often referred to.  Well there are so many factors that can effect and cause the Early Release but when it comes down to which hand is the culprit we would say resoundingly it is the trail hand.

We have done many tests over the years and without doubt the right hand, for the right-handed golfer causes the club to be released early more than the left.  So it makes sense that if we want to retrain the hands to do a better job of releasing the club that we break the movement down and work on the main culprit in isolation.

So if you have the Early Release then there is hope for you, it will take time but this drill will definitely help change the poor pattern.

The one thing we need to make sure of is that throughout the practice swings and shots is that the club face returns square to the target at what would be impact.  The reason for this is that a lot of people will have the face open through the ball when limiting the Early Release, which often makes them a worse player.

Place a tee peg in the butt end of the golf club –

Hold the club with your normal hold in the trail hand only –

Create a wrist set in a mini back swing noticing that if the tee peg were indeed a laser beam it would be pointing about towards the target  –

Then, form there start the downswing with a gentle bump towards the target with the lower body and make sure you hold onto those angles through the hitting area and ensuring that the tee peg points outside of the lead hip through the hitting area and again making sure that you square the club face through the hitting area.

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By doing this you will actually be holding onto to the release too much! But this is exactly what you want to do as we always say if you want to change quickly you need to exaggerate the exact opposite of the fault.  Don’t worry you won’t suddenly start holding onto that release too much when you put both hands on the club.

To get rid of the Early Release will take a long time but the “1 Hand Drill” is an excellent way of isolating the main culprit.

If you can practice this as much as you can, you will start to over write those old habits and you will be on your way to getting rid of the Early Release.

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  1. Jason Warwick

    This is a excellent technique, just doing this almost feels like a gym wrist excersize,, but I think the best way to do it is how you explained but do it 10 times, set up to a ball at the range or lik…

    1. Andy Proudman

      Hi Jason. Thanks for the comment. Yes this does take a lots of practice to improve but if you do it right it can make a huge difference. As long as the club face still closes through impact this is ke…

  2. craig miles

    hi my name is craig and i have lessons with piers and andy at meandmygolf and i have a early release i have been working on the one handed drill with piers and had some great results its hard work t…

    1. Andy Proudman

      Hi Craig. Great work! Swing is looking better all the time so keep up the hard work.

  3. Montgomerjg

    Could this be why I hit my 8 iron 150 yards and my driver 220. I have gone to a 12
    Degree driver looking for more distance? Thanks

    1. Andy Proudman

      Hi James. Thanks for the comment. 8 iron 150 yards is a good distance. However 220 seems low for your driver yes. We would recommend having a fitting on a launch monitor to see what your number are. H…

  4. Montgomerjg

    Yes launch was low in the 10 degree range and spin numbers were 2400 club head speed was around 90 and swing kept coming under the plane I fight pulls. I am 49 years old and a 12 handicap good iron …

    1. Andy Proudman

      You need to get the launch up to increase distance. That is a low launch considering you are under plane! What shot shape do you have? Make sure you check out the driver section to help increase that …

  5. Dillonwest45

    This is BRILLIANT I hit about 150 golf balls on the range I didn’t see much of a yardage change maybe a couple of yards, but a much more clean and consistent strike. MeAndMyGolf are the best youtubers…

    1. Andy Proudman

      Hi Dillon. Thanks for the comment. Glad this has helped you. Getting that shaft leaning a little more forward will really help that strike. keep up the great work!

  6. Sean Malone

    Can you suggest a drill for the point in my backswing when I should have a good wrist hinge I am a little confused with this

    1. Andy Proudman

      Hi Sean. There should be a gradual set of the wrists in the back swing and by the time your lead arm gets parallel to the ground, you should see the letter “L”. Keep the grip pressure fairly light and…

  7. JOE

    does early release make the angle of attack positive? i’m the fitter actually and i saw someone’s iron shot, the AoA is around 0. Is there any drill that can help to hit more down thank you!!! Get lo…

    1. Andy Proudman

      Thanks for the comment Joe. Yes the Early release can make the AoA positive as it causes the club to bottom out too early. Take a look in our swing faults section and you will see several fixes for th…

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