Tiger Woods Rotary Hitter Release – Throwing the Right Hand

Tiger Woods swing through impact is the absolute ideal model for the Rotary Hitter. No one demonstrates a better free-wheeling throwing motion of the right hand and clubhead than Tiger. In this swing sequence, you can see how, like a Rotary Swinger, the clubhead works left after impact, but does so because of the release of the clubhead, not just the body like the Swinger.
Tiger Woods right hand release through impact.
Tiger Woods right hand release through impact.
In this sequence, you can see how Tiger is “throwing his right hand” like I discuss in the Rotary Hitter Right Arm Throwing Motion Video. But here’s the point I want to emphasize. He’s not throwing his right hand and arm with a lot of tension, it’s a free-wheeling release that was setup by the motion of his lower body. I have seen several students who are making the transition to a Rotary Hitter and ONLY hitting with their right arm right from the top of the swing. This will create a lot of tension in the swing and require the arms to have to move very fast in order to have any power. We still want an “effortless” golf swing as a Rotary Hitter, and that includes how that right hand feels through impact. In order for the hands to release like this and get the clubhead to not get shoved down the line or worse, out to the right, the hands must be soft and be allowed to release, basically a crossover motion. Keep those arms soft and throw IN SEQUENCE for a great Rotary Hitter golf swing.

Author: Chuck Quinton

Author: Chuck Quinton is the founder of Rotary Swing Golf, a biomechanical and physics based approach to learning a safe and powerful golf swing. He was the first to online golf lessons and developed the first online golf instruction website.

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  1. FWIW: My experience:

    There’s a couple of interesting elements to this to me as someone who habitually flipped the club at impact. The first one is that in the RH move, the elbow doesn’t get very far behind at the top of backswing. That builds that big lag into the right wrist. From there it’s like: bump, rotate, and everything just comes through the ball. The other is that getting into that top of bs position made me aware that I had a bad error in my grip: I was loosening the grip and then re-gripping on the way down. Focusing on maintaining steady grip pressure throughout the whole swing made this “throwing the right hand” move a whole different ballgame. It’s more like, “rotate the Hands-Unit THROUGH the ball.” It’s really obvious on chipping if it’s a move THROUGH the ball versus AT the ball…two completely different things.

    Honestly, at first it felt weak…taking the hands out of the at-impact area felt like I was leaving something out. The other item is that we talk about “Effortless” swings. But, this more effective technique takes some getting used to: I was used to putting in that extra effort. It was almost disorienting for a while to hit the ball a certain distance with less effort. That’s just a mental speed bump to be aware of.

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