Early Release or Scooping occurs on the downswing, as the player starts the downswing there is a premature release of the wrist angles, this results in a weak impact position with the left wrist being cupped at impact. It adds loft to the face of the club and as a result we see a loss of power and consistency. It is termed Casting or Early Release when the club head and left forearm are in a straight line prior to making contact with the ball, it is termed Scooping when the club head passes the hands through impact and the student is trying to lift the ball into the air.
What should happen is everything should move back into position because everything is being pulled. The hands pull the arms, the arms pull the shoulders, the shoulders pull the hips, the hips pull the knees, and the knees move the weight on the feet.
Simply put these muscles” are positioned so that if they fire ipsilaterally (only on one side), they will produce a movement that creates both a lateral bend and lordosis. If performed bilaterally (on both sides of spine), you will see entire spine extend without any lateral bend so obviously this is not desired.
As a general rule, we must move the small, deep inner myofascial (muscle and fascia) before we move the larger and more superficial or outside ones. Since our culture values large, ripped muscles vs. our deep inner myofascial (no one could ever say, golf Hey check out my ripped rotators, psoas and QL's”), we tend to want to use the outside musculature to swing a club. We've lost touch with what the inner myofascial system is doing. Yet this is where all the action occurs with the great athletes.
I am able to get the flat left wrist down pat (after lots of practice) but I am having some trouble understanding the position of the clubhead at the top - square, open or closed. With a flat left wrist my club face is facing the sky, almost parallel to the ground. Is that a correct position? If not, is it my grip? I play a slightly strong grip - two knuckles showing on left at address. Thanks.