A good old ‘corn broom’ is a wonderful teaching and training aid. I keep one outside the front door all winter as it is often better to sweep than shovel. Swinging one slowly and with purpose, squaring up the ‘face’ of the broom through impact and allowing it to properly open up on the way back, return to square at the bottom and continue to close on the way through is a wonderful way to train a better ‘release’ through the impact zone. The added weight of the broom and the additional air resistance as you swing through don’t just help you strengthen your wrists and forearms but also help strengthen the big muscles in your legs and back as well. If the broom is too heavy when you start out, choke down so that the top of the handle of the broom is at about the height of your elbows when you take your address position. Now when you swing back to where your hands get to shoulder height, the portion of the broom handle below your hands should be roughly pointed back to the target line where your ball would be and you should have a ninety degree hinge at the wrists. No need to swing the broom too quickly down and through the impact zone so that you can see how well you are ‘squaring’ things up and continuing to allow the broom ‘face’ to close through a proper release. Swinging the broom is also a wonderful way to slow things down and smooth out your tempo. So now just remember that after your done sweeping… you should swing.
Have fun, Dave Lengyel