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The release refers to allowing the second lever (golf club) to catch up and eventually pass the first lever (leading arm) to create maximum clubhead speed. The player’s sequence will influence the needs and timing of the release to produce consistent shots. Muscle tension, especially in the grip, will affect the release, as the clubhead will be slowed down. Too little tension and some control of the club path may be lost. Golfers should find their optimal amount of pressure on the grip to allow for a healthy release of the club.
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