"Golf swing information shouldn't be based on opinion, only fact!"
This post is part of a series of discussions where I tackle a lot of common swing issues. However, instead of providing common fixes that you've probably seen elsewhere, I will be providing a more accurate way to think about how to obtain the correct feels of the swing. This series is catered to help more of an intermediate to advanced player who has somewhat of a functioning swing. These articles will assume you know some swing vocabulary. Please also check out my earlier posts.
Today we will be discussing an uncommon swing fix to help correct your release. You'll probably never find this tip anywhere on the internet but it will definitely help your release whether you're hitting it fat or even sometime to the right:
How it's different: This tip is different because there are many lessons that talk about what causes heavy shots, but none really talk about how to really fix it. And the fix that they are providing is most likely wrong.
To begin I recommend you build you swing from pitch shot with a short iron and gradually build up your swing. The secret here is in the follow through. As you are taking your pitch type swings, you need to make sure that your left elbow is folding against your lead hip on the follow through. If you're doing it right your hip will be also working toward your lead side on the follow through. If your hip is spinning out around you in a counter clockwise fashion, you are doing it wrong. If you find that your left elbow is locking up through impact and the follow through you're doing it wrong. In fact there's going to be more of a slight sway into your lead side as your elbow folds into your lead hip.
Another good way to feel this motion is to imagine holding a dumb bell with lead arm and doing bicep curls with the dumb bell angled over your lead leg. As you lift the dumb bell, work you lead leg into extension like you're picking it up with the extension of your lead leg. Try to apply that feeling with the follow through of your golf swing, it will work wonders.