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Connecting Leg & Arm Extension
Golfers who play with a flip style release often have a "buckled" or bent knee at impact; these two moves are typically lumped together because a bent knee or lower body slide helps to mitigate the excessively leftward, shut, and steep characteristics of a "flip". This is not suprising as most swing faults are usually met with some sort of additional compensation, but this is a poor swing strategy in the long run as it can cause serious issues with low point control and power production.
To re-train this pattern, golfers should start with some 9-to-3 style swings with an added focus on the lead leg. Specifically, you will want to make sure that the loading and unloading of the lead leg is driving the release of the club. Or in other words, you will want to start with a relatively bent lead leg and focus on the straigthening of the leg to power the release. You can then work through some half-swings and gradually add more speed and power as you get comfortable.
Overall, the timing of how the lead leg loads and unloads is a very important move that has been given a lot of attention recently, especially by the golf science community and those familiar with ground reaction forces. If you have struggled with a flip release for some time, make sure to focus on the lower body as well as these two moves are closely related and can increase distance and consistency when done properly.
Tags: Poor Contact, Not Straight Enough, Not Enough Distance, Release, Drill, Intermediate