I think I may have come across something that I have been doing wrong for the whole 2 years I have been playing, I want to run it across you guys before I get to excited.
History: when I first started playing I hit big banana slices. I quickly realized I was losing a ton of yardage and wanted to fix it. I knew I needed to get the club head closed relative to swing path to fix this. What I have done over the past few years is, adapted a very strong grip, and tried to get the club head coming more from the inside. I have made these changes and pretty much eliminated the slice(sometimes i will hit a push slice off the tee, but cant remember the last time i have hit a pull slice), but I have caused new problems. I believe my main issue, and always has been, is the releasing of the club! I will explain my issues and hopefully somebody can help me and let me know if I am on the right track.
My misses are very inconsistent, but the ones that I find I hit the most are, Pull hooks(sometimes pushes) with my longer clubs 6i-driver. I believe this is caused by my weight hanging back and my hands flipping(rolling over) in an attempt to square the clubface. With my shorter irons, 7i-56 degree, my main miss is a push.
I read this and believe this is what I do. I am not sure if you can tell from my videos:
"Another result of a strong grip is what I call the "Left Side Twistaway". The left hip pulls hard away from the ball which pulls the left shoulder open and causes a big outside to in swing path with the HANDS. With a strong grip though the CLUBHEAD comes from the inside so what you have is and inside to out clubhead direction and an outside to in hand direction. If timed perfectly it can produce a straight shot, but if not then there will be dramatic changes in ball flight from swing to swing."
I have read about the release on this site, and for the most part, everyone agrees that one should not consciously roll their forearms to release the club, but what if one has developed a habit of holding off? Again I dont know if you can tell from the videos if I do this. I got a chance to hit at an indoor range yesterday, and the two swing thoughts I had to start the downswing was first, slide hips toward target, second release the club(roll right forearm over left), I was striping the ball.
Just wondering if I am on the right path or way off base. I hope I am some where in between. It felt to easy to be right. Sorry for the long post, and thank you for all replies.