Part 5 of 6 - Accelerate then Decelerate (Load & Unload Release)
After you accelerate your arms down quickly in transition with the shaft loaded up, they then need to then decelerate so the shaft can unload, this is as a result of the club releasing (wrist passively uncocking) When the arms decelerate and the wrists passively (freely) uncock the energy transfers from body to club and the club head accelerates and releases, its called the kinetic chain or muscular chain (transfer of energy) this kicks the flexible shaft forward squaring the face and speeding it up.
If you lock your wrist, manipulate it, or hold onto the wrist angle too long in an effort to create forward shaft lean or maintain lag, your arms keep accelerating and do not slow down, this is a bad move to make.
The GForce Swing Trainer helps with a poor release by giving you feedback from the ball flight and feeling through the flexible shaft. Accelerate too long and the shaft won't unload correctly, leaving the face open sending your ball off to the right.
Lean to unload the shaft and its energy with the Tommy Fleetwood stopper drill which helps your arms to decelerate, unloading the shaft increasing clubhead speed and squaring the clubface for longer straighter shots. I called it that because Tommy has a unique follow through which looks like its cut off short which helps with the release.
This is a great drill for generally improving strike, compression, ball control and clubhead speed.
Here is a video I did on the release and unloading the shaft, also check the notes below the video where there is a VR-3D analysis of Rory McIlroys release.
Here is a link explaining the release with some basic physics
Some key 🗝️ references that have helped me over the past 20 years to put this video together in the simplest possible way, you should go and check out their work :-)
Chris Riddoch - Sports science professor and coach
Gabriele Wulf - Professor in the Department of Kinesiology
Rob Gray - Professor of Human Systems Engineering
Michael Neff - Director of Gears Golf 3D Motion Capture
Pete Cowen - PGA Tour Coach
Shaun Clement - Wisdom in Golf
Chuck Quinton - Rotary Swing Golf
Ernst Jones - Swing The Clubhead
Good Luck 🍀 Stuart
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