Proper Release of the Golf Club-Pulling the Handle

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  1. I agree with the way of getting lag is by keeping upper spine back and lower body shifted forward, but in order to have that forward shaft lean at impact and not flip the club when you shift your lower body forward left knee should go down and around with left hip being lower than the right hip. This allows you to rotate even better through the ball and you will be able to use the ground better for leverage, also keeping the face passive through impact which is the ultimate way to hit it far and straight.. example who did it perfect would be Sam Snead.

  2. hi monte,
    if one has problems shifting the weight and hits the ground before the ball quite often… would you say that moving the ball back in the stance would help ?… like using that as a permanent solution ? or maybe a weight forward stance … like gary edwin advocates ?
    thx a lot

  3. At the impact position, I'm not seeing forward shaft lean, but rather straight or even a bit back lean.

  4. I have been playing for longer than i want to admit to myself. After a lot of lessons and everyone saying I have a natural swing I remain inconsistent. Montes method is simple and allows me to cler my hips without thinking about in . No more pulls and now I cant light into my release hands infront of the ball and get reasonable distance. His point of staying behind the ball is right on . When you see a baseball player crush one he is tilted back slightly and the ballis way in front of his body. Thanks Monte look for me on your blog where are you located?

    David Boucher

  5. Pulling the grip down a line parallel to the target line is a very good first move to start the downswing. The idea Johnny Miller was selling of hitting the grip end into a wall is all wrong. The idea of pulling the grip down a line parallel to the target line is good until you get near the impact zone. The club face will square up automatically due to the body turning during the downswing and the lag getting converted into some shaft lean. Where Johnny Miller went wrong is that when the hands are club grip get near your body when you get near the impact zone, then you need to concentrate on keeping the arms and grip end of the club near the body until just after impact. At impact as your grip end and hands begin to travel up and left due to them following the basic curve the the left shoulder travels on, at that time the hands should be released and uncocked After impact the hands and the grip begin to get further away from the body, but not until after impact and at some point your body and club head should vaguely point at the target. Also the real wall that Johnny Miller should have been discussing occurs well before the impact zone. So the grip right before impact begins to travels slightly up and left, however the grip is not getting further away from the body, and at this time the club head is travelling down the target line even though the grip should remain close to the body but it is moving up and left of a line parallel to the target line.

    The way you describe Johnny Millers concept of hitting into a wall would lead to the club grip moving away from body before and during impact. The real wall is one you imagine that exists well before the impact zone about a foot or so behind the ball.
    Before you get into the first part of the impact zone you want to focus on not letting the grip or hands getting any further away from the body until about one foot after the impact zone in which case we are not thinking about a wall but whether the proper sequences took place, which you can get clues on by holding your finish and feeling where all of your body parts are and the club positions that the club moves in at the top part of your follow through.

    Most people are not flexible enough to hit a straight shot when they form a reverse c. The average golfer probably plays best with their spine perpendicular to the ground at impact, their shoulders swing too flat because they are not able to drop their right shoulder, so they have to time their swing so that they create lag and then create shaft lean by turning the body towards the target while keeping the grip and hands close to the body, not allowing the hands and grip to get further away from the body during the impact zone sequence. The simplest most repeatable follow though would be that at some point the body and club grip are general travelling barely left of the target. I suppose it is possible that the hands and grip can get slightly further away form your body during impact as long as the grip and hands are travelling on an arc that turns left of the target line. What you do not want to do, and how Johnny was wrong is that you do not want to still be pulling the grip down a line parallel to the target line entering the impact zone. When entering the impact zone the hands and the grip are beginning to release in such a way that the grip and the hands are travelling left of the target line and are moving up a little bit. However, even though the grips is moving left and slightly up, the club head because you release your hands with proper shaft lean, will travel down the target as a general concept. So I think grip travels left, however ideally the clubhead will travel in a different direct than the grip and will ideally travel straight down or just right of the target line.

    Actually one thing Johnny Miller had right is that you can pull the grip towards a wall, but the wall is to the left of the target. The idea is to pull the handle from the top of the downswing along an arc loosely defined by the arc of the left shoulder that occurs during the swing. So as you get near the impact zone the grip and hands get nearer both to the target line and your body. Right before impact you are still pulling on the handle but now the hands follow the arc of the left shoulder and begin pulling up and left. I am stilling pulling on the grip with my hands and most of the release happens naturally although some of the release is on purpose.Like an ice skater when the hands remain close to the body he begins to spin faster andat impact the hands remain fairly close to the body and the body is spinning and as a result of the club head moves away from the body and travels down the target line even though the hands are moving up and left and therefore some of the release of the clubhead into the ball is partially caused my body begins to spin faster. Some of the release path of the clubhead is as a result of pulling the grip up and left and the rest is an intentional release on purpose release of the clubhead down the line even though the hands are moving up and left.

    If an iceskater had a golf club attach to the hip of the ice skater with the grip attached at the waist of the ice skater, and then if the ice skater started spinning and pulled his or her arms in, the ice skater would then start to spin faster, and if the ice skater started spinning fast enough the club attached at the hip, the club head would begin to lift off of the ice and begin to raise up getting higher off of the ground. So the grip end of the club would keep turning to the left, but the club head would get further away from the ice skater if the ice skater kept spinning faster and faster, until the ice skater reached a maximum speed, and the clubhead came off of the shaft at the same time the ice skater reached maximum speed, the club head would travel in a straight line tangent to the circle created by the spinning ice skater. This is another way of saying what I stated above.

  6. Sir, you are genuinely impressive as a teacher. And your ability to mimic all these positions is simply unprecedented.

  7. I've been hearing "bump the lead hip" for years. First time I've ever heard "keeping the upper body back". Makes total sense and may explain why I never could make the weight transfer work.

  8. Local pro showed me pulling handle about a week ago and I added total accuracy and an extra 20 yards a club. I'm an old guy but thrilled with the new pop! He also showed me the angle. Look that up! You pull butt of club about 8 inches in front of ball. Pro warned me I'd hit some right at first. I did. Then my timing kicked in, closed the gate, and hit a 230 yard drive, a draw, amazing, right down the middle. Monte, I like you dude, but Johnny Miller is on to something here!

  9. Monte watched your video with the bucket so surely if you let centrifugal force happen then these issues should take care of themselves.

  10. Take lessons from a pro and stop trying to learn from the internet. You may be trying to fix something that isn't wrong with your swing and make things worse.

  11. I'm not trying to contradict Monte, who is a great golfer and teacher. However, I think teachers and students should be open to the idea that there is more than one way to skin a cat, so to speak. As my golf coach says, learning the golf swing involves skill acquisition and skill development. One may have learned a skill in another sport or activity than can be useful if applied to swinging a golf club. In my case, my persistent OTT move remained resistant until I applied the mental and physical approach that I would use if the golf grip was a battering ram and I was trying to break down a door. It helps me get my golf path coming from the inside. I don't care about the lag aspects at all. For other golfers that approach may not be necessary.

  12. another classic Monte lesson, thanks. I have found that if one makes a proper pivot and has a loose grip & stable head through the swing, you get all the lag you need.

  13. Wrong bud. U can never be a good golfer. U have to drop the club in a slot first . Then only shift the weight.

  14. keeping the upper body back … Henrick Stenson would disagree with that – see his video on YouTube on the golf channel… it's all about the right shoulder, forget the lower body, the lower body will move out of the way as a RESULT of the right shoulder – people come over the top with the right shoulder due to a too fast transition (like you say, not using centrifugal force properly, being patient enough to roll with it) and the plane of their shoulder being wrong… and keeping the upper body back, sure you can hit balls well like that, probably even further (AKA mike austin reverse C), but it creates a fade, wears out your hip and probably compresses your back – unless like Colin Montgomerie you are naturally hyperflexion jointed

  15. Monte's golf videos are the best on the net! I've uncomplicated and unlocked my swing based on his commentary. They are all excellent!