…And How to Keep You From Blowing Yours!
I had just joined a new golf club and everyone was looking to the big bad golf pro to win the club championship in a landslide victory even though our club has numerous great golfers, a PGA Tour pro who beat Tiger Woods in the PGA Championship, a couple NCAA collegiate champions and a handful of legit single digit handicappers.
Well, after two days of intense play, I stood on the 18th tee box with a two shot lead. The 18th at my club is a relatively easy par 4 that you can hit a 3 wood off the tee and still only have an 8 or 9 iron into the green.
The only thing that matters is putting the ball in play off the tee – which I didn’t.
Knowing a bogey would still likely win the tournament, I opted for the driver off the tee just put the official “stamp” on my win that I could thread the driver into the small sliver of fairway between the two large, extremely deep bunkers. As a crowd of about 40 people watched on, I blasted my ball off the tee with authority, 290 yards up the hill – and about 2 yards too far right.
Right into knee deep weeds.
“F*&K!” Was all that went through my head. WHY didn’t I just lay back with the three wood? Idiot!
Ever been there??
I had been struggling with releasing the golf club under pressure and the ball had been leaking out to the right when I got under the gun. Unfortunately, right was a place you simply couldn’t hit it on this hole.
The ball nestled down deep into what I could only figure was the former home of a small troll, it was barely visible as I took a mighty lash at it – and advanced it about 3 feet.
“You moron!” The negative self talk was STRONG at this point as the pressure grew to get out of trouble.
I wisely took a lob wedge on the next shot and hacked the ball out onto the fairway instead of trying to go for the green this time.
From there I hit it onto the green and two putted for a double bogey. My competitor made an unbelievable up and down par save to give him the momentum he needed to defeat me in the second sudden death playoff hole.
Why do I tell you all this? Because it was a simple, fatal swing flaw that truly cost me the tournament and it’s one that I see nearly every amateur golfer on the planet make every day at our golf school here at the Ritz Carlton in Orlando, FL.
The swing flaw? An improper release of the golf club. It is the bain of amateur golf and leads to shots that weakly fade out to the right no matter how bad we want the ball to go straight or draw.
But, it can be fixed and it doesn’t have to take you blowing a big tournament to have the proper motivation to fix this fatal flaw.
I created a video, it’s actually my FAVORITE video on the site, that walks you through the PERFECT golf club release in 5 easy steps.
You can follow along and master this tour pro quality release in your home without hitting a single golf ball and completely transform your golf swing.
So, check out this video: 5 Minutes to the Perfect Release so you never have to worry about blowing your club championship on the last hole like I did!
Chuck Quinton is the founder of the RotarySwing Tour online golf instruction learning system. He played golf professionally for 5 years and has been teaching golf since 1995 and has worked with more than 300 playing professionals who have played on the PGA, Web.com and other major tours around the world.
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