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Analysis - Club Path Through The Release

In this video we highlight the general trend of the club path. Is it high to low with a wide point after the ball, or is it low to high with the wide point behind (or at) impact. If you have a hard time with your trail arm straightening too soon. Of if you have a hard time getting your body to continue rotating, identifying the goal of having the club low and wide in the follow through can help you determine your release pattern. Knowing your release pattern is a key step to building a tour release.

Playlists: Swing Analysis Videos, Fix Your Cast, Train Your Release, Understand Your Swing Plane/Path, Swing Plane Simplified - Working with steeps and shallows

Tags: Not Straight Enough, Release, Analysis, Intermediate

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In this analysis video, we're going to take a look at the overall shape of the club during the release.

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So you'll hear me mentioned about brushing the ground.

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And what I think can be very helpful is if we look at the overall path of the club

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and how it's able to create this brushing phenomenon.

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So what you'll tend to see if we fill in some of these gaps

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is that the club will be in a higher position and then kind of have this smoothing out piece to it as it goes through there.

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One of the ways that I like to explore this brushing or explore these release movements is to scrub back and forth.

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So to just take the video and kind of scrub back and forth and what you can see is that the club is coming from a higher position

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down almost like it was going to slam into the ground and then the movements of the arms tend to cause the club to just gently brush the ground.

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Here we'll see Justin Rose demonstrating kind of a similar pattern where the club is going from this high to low position.

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And you can see that it's gotten overall shape kind of if I exaggerate it kind of like that where it's coming from high to low position.

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So that where it's coming from high to low and then just kind of brushing out in front.

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A lot of amateurs get somewhat confused focusing on what the body is doing and sometimes just tying it all into the general look that we want to have the club doing can open up or cause a higher your rega moment.

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So what you'll see is that even with non-traditional looking golf swings you'll tend to see this kind of high to low of the club going through impact and through the release as a consistent pattern among Torpros.

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Pretty much you would have a hard time competing at this level if you didn't have this pattern even if you had some funky body movements in order to create it.

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So you'll see low to high or sorry high to low so the club is higher here looks like it's coming down very steep and then as it gets very close to the ground starts just skimming or brushing the ground.

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So now let's take a look at a few amateurs and we can see there overall pattern which typically air is more on being very circular or even going from low to high as opposed this high to low club path through impact.

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So here we can see a couple amateurs and if we scrub back and forth and we're just looking at the overall path of the club you'll see that it's going to have a lot more of a almost u-shaper circular as opposed to where the pros head it kind of really creating that wide point after the golf ball.

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So you can see the overall look tends to be a little bit more of this airing on low to high golfers who have the the path of the club going more low to high are going to struggle with having early arm extension timing and they're typically going to struggle with getting their body open through impact.

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And so I've found that by addressing this overall look of what we want the club to do or the overall pattern of what we want the club to do that frequently unlocks and allows some of the body movements like the wipe and continued rotation and reducing early extension to fit their swings a little bit better.

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So here's another student who's kind of demonstrating just a little bit more of this low to high pattern where you can see the club is coming up very quickly.

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Now it's possible to get down into a very low single digit golfer with this low to high pattern but it's very hard to get to that plus three you know and below that really high level of ball consistency without having the pattern of having the club working its way down and kind of forward ahead of the golf ball.

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Now we can look at to low handicaps and we can see a kind of a similar pattern where it's not quite really low to high but it's definitely not high to low so it's kind of in this middle zone where the club is just kind of brushing right around impact instead of having that that flat point a little bit further after the golf ball.

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And you'll see that he's pretty much in position where he could continue rotating side bending and extend those arms but his overall pattern usually revolves around how he's going to get that club face pointed at the target.

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So frequently you'll see golfers who have a pretty good looking transition and look like they could get into that Tory impact position who tend to.

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Bale on it will tend to bail on it because the club faces a little bit too open and so they're using getting the shaft vertical as a way to square the club face as opposed to using the motorcycle and using shaft rotation.

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So two different examples of kind of the same symptom of having the club face a little bit more open than you would want kind of in this zone here and then as a result they're not able to get that toward look of having the club brush and stay low to the ground through the follow through.

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This movement of the club is definitely something that you can train with better movements during the release here you've got a student who is demonstrating and a little bit more of this low to high pattern where the club is working.

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Not quite up on the way through but you can see that the radius is narrowing very very quickly and the club is working up off the ground.

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Quickly compared to what we were seeing in the early part of this video and we can see after doing some wipe training and working a little bit more on that release in the brace you can see that the club stays lower to the ground and has a little bit more of that look.

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So sometimes taking the big picture and focusing on the overall movements of the club will help you understand and dial in some of these movements that we train here during the release.

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One of the key movements is going to be having the club working from high to low even though the hands are going to be working from low to high and working in.

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The combination is that wipe and then extend with a little bit of the bracing and continued body rotation and side bend.

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Those pieces that we train together help get a really consistent bottom of the swing through the release which ultimately will help you strike the ball as well as you possibly can.

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