Golf tip: Discover sensation of clubhead release

'Throw' the clubhead at the ball to improve your driving

Posted: 9 November 2009
by John Hoskison

Releasing a stick over a fence (left) and throwing the driver clubhead at the ball should be a similar sensation

In a recent tennis match during the U.S.Open one of the players let go of his racket when serving, it flew across the net and the player lost the point.

Discussing the incident in the commentary box afterwards Annabel Croft pointed out that releasing the racket, or 'throwing the racket head at the ball', when serving was a drill used by the Williams sisters when practising their serve. Apparently they used a stack of rackets and threw them at the target after the ball, which ensured the correct release.

We can use a similar concept in golf when 'releasing the driver club' on a full shot. When you make a good swing and the club slips out of your hands it should fly into the distance on line with the target.

With a golfer who slices the ball or hits the ball with an out-to-in swingpath, the club would fly to the left of target. Conversely, a golfer who draws the ball would tend to 'throw' or release the club to the right – reflecting an inside approach into impact.

While I'm not advocating throwing your clubs when practising, imagining the club (or a stick) being released into the distance after the ball, certainly encourages a straighter, more natural release at impact.

John Hoskison is attached to the Newbury Golf Centre and plays on the European Seniors Tour, having after spending time in China, where he was instrumental in building a driving range for underprivileged children in Fuzhou. He won the 2005 Jamega Tour Order of Merit last week had his best Seniors Tour finish (15th) in the Benhavis Masters in Spain. For further information visit John's website at

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Sounds like a good drill.

i remember once when i 1st started playing i had a nasty slice, while playing in the rain the club slipped out of my hand on the drive and it did go flying to the left. went about 100 yards! the ball however was lost

Posted: 16/09/2010 at 09:38

I tried this a few years ago. Went over the local field with an old club from a spare set. It was quite scary because I wasn't letting go until way after impact and the club was going behind me. Fortuntaely it was a big field!

Posted: 16/09/2010 at 09:43

did you get it going in the end though?

Posted: 16/09/2010 at 11:49

Nah ... I gave up after about 10 mins ... it gets pretty boring trudgy round a field to pick up the club ...

I might give it another go later as my swing is vastly better than it was then.

Posted: 16/09/2010 at 12:21

So basically, your follow through should go down the target line then. Doesn't this make your swing plane different from the backswing plane?

Posted: 16/09/2010 at 22:02

David Leadbetters 'Swingsetter' will give you the sensation of releasing the club-head.


Posted: 16/09/2010 at 22:11

I nearly took my Dads head off when my driver slipped out my wet hands, stood 50yds away on the left side

Posted: 16/09/2010 at 23:42

A friend of mine let go of his driver once and it flew about 30ft into the tee side lake - oops

Posted: 03/08/2011 at 09:14


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