Yep – All Tour Pros Release the Golf Club the Way!

So, in my last YouTube video, I talked about how you should release the club and the club face should not match your spine angle. But there's a lot of well intended instructors out there who teach this, and a lotta people who've bought into this idea, even though they don't typically do it themselves. And if they do, they don't hit the ball anywhere, except for right, and short, and high. But, I advocated that all tour pros follow the rotary swing tour methodology, or they wouldn't be tour pros. And they release the club and the toe is toed up. The club wants to release. Physics is dictating that club want to rotate around the hosel, that's why the shaft is there. If they didn't want it to rotate, they'd put that shaft in the middle of the face.

So, so, to prove it to you, I'm going to walk you through a bunch of prominent tour players and show you exactly what's really going on here. And we're gonna start with Dustin Johnson. So now, Dustin Johnson, if anybody, shouldn't release the club and subscribe to the idea that the club face, in the follow through, or in the release, when the club's parallel to the ground on the other side, should be matching the spine, it'd be this guy. Because his face is more shut than anybody else on the PGA tour by far. But, let's see what happens. Face is starting to turn over. Oh my goodness. Look at that. Wow. Not even to the complete release point yet, and look at that, the club face is toed up. But is his spine vertical? No it's not. It's 45 degrees bent over, yet the club face is vertical. That's a release.

You can't hit the ball anywhere without it. It has to happen. It's designed to happen. The physics dictate that this club face, the toe, wants to rotate around the hosel. It does not match your spine angle. If that was the case, then DJs club face would be pointing this way. Okay. That's one example. Let's grab another one.

Oh. Jack Nicholas. Right? Somebody brought up, "Oh. Jack Nicholas was, you're saying Jack Nicholas was wrong because he obviously didn't release the club like you're saying." Nope. Jack actually did release the club exactly the way that I'm saying. Because, look at that. We can already see his glove. It's completely released over. Forearms almost touching, completely crossed over release. That is a proper release. Okay. Jack's one thing. He's old school.

Oh my goodness. Look at that. Bubba Watson. Look at this hands. Completely turned over. That club face is probably past vertical. It sure as heck doesn't match his spine angle. What about ... Oh. Look at this. Rory McIlroy. Look at that. We can see his gloves. His left hand. Completely rolled over. Right hand completely rolled over. This is not a flip people. This is how you release the club. And you don't have to take my word for it. Here's a bunch of tour pros who are doing it exactly that rotary swing teaches.

Oh. Look at this. Sam Snead even. We can go on, and on, and on. What about some old school guys. Davis Love III. Well surely, he doesn't release the club like that. Right? One of the longest hitters of all time. Oh. Oh. Oh. Look at that. Forms crossed over, club face sure as heck doesn't match his spine angle. It's more than shut. Again, if he was doing what a lot of instructors advocate, matching your spine angle, that club face would be point way over here. But again, it's definitely not.

Anybody recognize this guy? That club face is slam shut. Definitely not matching his spine angle. Here's another great example of a rotary swing tour release with a very, very strong grip. Again, if you weren't gonna release the club and you wanted to match your spine angle, if you have a grip this strong, I would certainly say, this would be a good time not to release that club. But, let's see what Freddie does. Slowly but sure he's getting there. Here we go. Into impact. And now as we continue on to the release, watch what happens to his forearms. Still going. Sorry it's taking a while. Oh. There they go. Look at that crossover. Look, you can see the butt of the club, left hand. Look at that. His forearms are probably touching each other, he's released the club so darn hard. Look at that, we can see a gap in between his forearms. So, that club face definitely doesn't match in his spine angle.

So, if you're still subscribing to the idea, that the club face shouldn't be released over, that your forearms shouldn't rotate over, and you think that's a flip. Well, pretty much everybody on the PGA Tour does the exact opposite of what you think is right. So, let that be your guide. If you think you shouldn't release the club, and let the club turn over, well, everybody on the PGA Tour thinks otherwise.

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.