The Release in Golf, a Key for Effortless Power in Tiger Woods’ Swing

This week’s winner, Tiger Woods. This weeks loser, Steve Stricker.

So how did one of the nicest, most well liked golfers on the PGA Tour become one of the most hated? He kicked the sleeping Tiger and woke up his putter.

Ok, enough kidding. What we’re going to talk about today is the release in golf.

We’ve all seen these tour players that look like they’re getting all this effortless power from this great extended release position and say, “Man, I dream of looking like that.

Well, you’re in luck, because in this Tiger Woods’ swing analysis video, I’m going to go over exactly what you need to do to help you make your dream a reality!

So if you want to learn how you can add 5, 10, or even 15 yards to your driver swing with very little effort, watch the new free video below.

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The Release in Golf


How Tiger Woods Uses the Release in Golf to Generate Power

As you saw in the video above, the key to creating effortless power in the golf swing all starts at the top.

As Tiger Woods begins to shift to his left, he immediately starts increasing lag in the downswing. About halfway down (below left), he’s thinking he’s going to have to get rid of this lag as quickly as possible so that he can transfer it into club head speed.


Tiger Woods' swing has a lot of good things going on in it. This picture perfectly illustrates how he uses lag and the release in golf to generate effortless power
Tiger Woods’ swing has a lot of good things going on in it. This picture perfectly illustrates how he uses lag and the release in golf to generate effortless power


The release in golf is how we do this! When done properly, this is how you get that great extension with your arms.

Note that (above right) not only is his right arm straight and really letting go of the club, but his left arm is dead straight as well.

So if you’re like most and struggle with getting your left arm bent, what’s happening is that your right arm is overpowering the release, and it’s pushing against your left arm.

When this happens, the left arm has nowhere to go so it “chicken wings.”

If I just described what you see on camera, what you got in the Tiger Woods’ swing analysis above was the perfect start for you.

Now, you should check out Premium Membership to access the release drills I mentioned in the video.

Use them to train your left arm independently and eliminate that dreaded chicken wing.

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Tiger Woods Swing and The Release in Golf


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Chuck Quinton

is the founder of the RotarySwing Tour online golf instruction learning system. He played golf professionally for 8 years and has been teaching golf since 1995 and has worked with more than 100 playing professionals who have played on the PGA, and other major tours around the world.

2 thoughts on “The Release in Golf, a Key for Effortless Power in Tiger Woods’ Swing

  • March 14, 2013 at 6:08 pm

    Hi Clay,

    Could you please address a potential point of confusion here for me? You mentioned in this TW swing analysis that a number of us can overuse the right arm in the lease, thus creating a chickenwing like scenario and lack of extension through the hit. I understand that you said working on the left arm only release drills would help a lot. Now, Chuck in his How to Create Lag video talks about lag being determined by the right arm’s relationship to the club, and not the left arm’s. And, that the drill he wants one to work on with lag is to get that right arm dropping into position. So, he’s talking about right arm in creating lag and you’re talking about not overdoing the right arm to get a proper release. I’m sure you have an easy explanation for my bit of confusion. Thanks Clay!


    • March 15, 2013 at 11:13 pm

      In reality, both arms will have their role in every swing. The right arm adds speed and helps to release the club, when used properly. I often see players overuse the right hand, and flip with the right wrist. This causes the left arm to chicken wing, since it has nowhere else to go. If you want to have fantastic lag and a release to match, you will need to use both hands correctly. Good Luck!
      ~Clay Ballard

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