One of the reasons us golf pros will always have work is because there are millions of people out there hungry for the right information to make their golf game a little better.

You have your job or profession, which I’m sure you’re good at but when it comes to breaking things down and understanding how to play the game better most people hire a golf pro.

Nowadays, it’s all about outsourcing. The new rich, especially here in the U.S. have found a way of outsourcing large parts of their lives and jobs to make their own lives easier.

For example, many people now have maids because they don’t want to clean their houses.

Many people have personal assistants or virtual assistants who they hire from the far east.

Some people hire a cook, some people hire a pool guy or a garden guy or a pluming guy or a roof guy when they need them.

And yes, most people who are serious about improving their golf game or generally just don’t wanna look stupid in front of their friends hire a golf pro.

Many people try and put off the inevitable until they simple don’t understand anymore and seek out a reputable pro to answer some of their questions.

One area where people will always get stuck is understanding golfing terminology. To some, especially newcomers to the game I’m sure think we talk a whole different language to most. We don’t, the problem is there’s not one set of rules to govern the terminology. Therefore everyone just simply says what they want.

A great example of this is the pronunciation of the word Centrifugal.

Centrifugal force is the force us golf pros talk about in the downswing. It’s an outward pulling motion of a circular action. And although the golf swing isn’t a perfect circle, it’s kind of a circular action.

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When I arrived in America in 2008 I heard the word “Centifical” thrown around a lot!

I’ve always been a researcher at heart, so I searched the term in youtube and google. At first I thought I’d moved to a land that was obviously so advanced that they had somehow overlooked this important aspect of the golf swing during my PGA training at the Belfry in Sutton Coldfield in England.


There ain’t no centrifical force going on here…

Here’s what it means – NOTHING!…..

“Centripetal” force is the inward force and “centrifugal” force is the outward force.

The word “Centrifical” is merely an Americanism, a slight of tongue used in the american/english language. The words centrifugal and centrifical I can only presume mean the same thing. Centrifical for some of my American cousins is how they pronounce centrifugal. That’s it!

My wife doesn’t however, so I can only assume it’s a dialect issue..

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My point here is this..

How can the average guy or girl, trying the improve at something such as playing golf, do so – when there’s people using different words that mean the same thing.

It’s hard enough as it is to teach people how things works in the swing without all this confusion.

So there’s my little take on the subject..

From now on if you hear a golf teacher pronounce the word “centrifiCAL” it means “centrifuGAL”.

Just to clear up what it does in the golf swing.. It releases the club on the downswing.

Many people talk about releasing the club with the hands through the impact zone, and if you’ve tried this I’m sure you’ll know that your consistency goes straight down the drain..

During the downswing we want to keep the right wrist bent until past impact. Releasing the club with the hands would also release this right hand bent wrist condition which is imperative in achieving a forward leaning shaft and a ball first contact at impact.

Simply put – If you try and release your right hand through impact (again I’m always referring to a right handed golfer) the low point of the swing arc will occur to early before the club head reaches the ball. This is the opposite of what we want as it should be after the ball, the target side of the ball.


Allow the naturally occurring CENTRIFUGAL force to take effect during the downswing to release the hinging or loading dynamics in the wrists.

There’s a direct relationship between people who try and release their hands at impact and their high handicap.

People who keep their right wrist bent through impact generally have a much lower handicap and get a lot more pleasure out of their rounds of golf – as they strike the ball further and straighter. They are able to do this because they achieve more lag in the downswing by loading the weight of the club into the trigger finger and maintaining that load all the way down. This is impossible if the right wrist releases during the downswing.

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