Squaring The Club Face Explained
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Each arm has a slightly different role in the golf swing. In this video, we look at how the hands change from set up to impact. You'll learn why trying to keep your hands exactly the same may cost you distance and consistency when compared to training each arm's pattern.
Tags: Poor Contact, Chicken Wing, Cast, Set Up, Impact, Member Question, Concept, Intermediate, Beginner
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In this analysis video, we're going to answer the question,
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do the hands stay the same through the entire swing?
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So if you search on the internet for close up of hands,
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there's a number of really good high-deaf videos that we can look at.
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And we're going to take a look at a number of different players,
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and we're going to compare their setup with impact,
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because that's pretty much all we can see with this close-up frame.
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But in general, most players are going to have their hands change
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somewhat during the golf swing.
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So we're going to see how they change and kind of the common patterns
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and what we might be able to learn from them.
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Now, commonly, there are two major pressure points discussed
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when you look at the trailhand.
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One is the connection between the thumb and or the underside
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of the right thumb or trail thumb and the top side of the lead thumb.
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So kind of pushing down through there.
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People also talk about the pressure of the last three fingers gripping the club.
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That one we won't really be able to evaluate too well in this video.
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And then the third key one would be the pressure point
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from the index finger right in there, kind of applying a force
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in a diagonal direction across the shaft.
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And I'm going to point out that that may be the most important one
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when looking at the movement of the trailhand.
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So here we have Greg Norman.
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We can take a quick look at what it looks like it set up.
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And then as we get towards impact,
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we can see that the thumb has shifted position.
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He's maintained from the most part that pressure of the index finger.
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But we can see that the pressure of the hand on top of the thumb
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has shifted a bit.
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We also see that the one common trend is for the right hand to slide
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further away from the left hand.
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Now, whether that's because the left hand is pulling up,
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where the right hand is kind of pushing down.
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It's probably a combination of both.
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But the important thing is training each arm individually
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is a key method for really dialing in your release,
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because what we're seeing from these whistle-sau videos
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is that the hands don't just mirror each other.
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They actually perform different functions.
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Now here we have Brant Snedaker.
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The one on the right is looking at setup and the one on the left
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is looking at just before impact.
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And now, I've commonly used this clip when I'm talking to golfers
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who tend to have a really strong pressure of the trail thumb.
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A lot of amateurs have a stronger grip where the thumb is pushing
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in this direction instead of that trail hand trigger point.
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And I'll use this clip because you'll see that Brant Snedaker
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actually lifts his thumb off the club before going into takeaway.
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Now, you can see from this point of view,
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here's in his takeaway, here he is just before impact.
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You can see that here's the top of the knuckle there,
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here's the top of the knuckle there.
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His hand has slid down just slightly.
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And you'll see that the thumb has changed position a little bit
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from where it was just prior setup.
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But he's really kind of maintained that connection between the trail trigger finger
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and the club shaft.
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We're going to see that as a common trend.
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Right hand, maintaining this pressure and sliding down,
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thumb doing very little and losing that pressure point there.
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Now here's a great close-up of Jack Nicholas.
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In this one, over here I've got setup on the left and over on the right
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I've got impact.
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And you can see that there's more of that left thumb revealed.
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The hands have actually rotated a little bit away from each other,
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at least the left hand is rotated to get to this more bod position,
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while the right hand or less maintained in its same alignment.
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So don't be surprised or don't be alarmed if your hands end up looking a little more
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like an Anika Sourin's damn style grip when you reach impact compared to where you started.
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Because the lead wrist is going to be responsible for twisting the shaft or contributing
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And the right hand is going to be helping control more of the,
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and if the right arm is working correctly, then oftentimes that twist of the lead wrist
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will create some separation between the two hands.
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But you'll see that maintained in pressure point,
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at least the index finger one, not so much the thumb pushing on top of the other thumb.
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This is also a great clip because it shows very clearly the difference in where the club is
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it set up and then when you're making contact how the grip has traveled forward
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about four inches or so.
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That's part of the reason why you're going to have these different hand actions
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because even though this is where we set up where these yellow lines are,
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that's not really where we're going to make contact and the hands have to adjust for that difference.
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If you did come back into the same position, you'd probably do so in a way that would sacrifice a whole lot of speed.
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All right, we've got two more that we're going to look at.
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Here's a good one of Stacey Lewis.
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And you can see over here on the right is set up and then over here on the left is impact.
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Here we can see how the right hand has slid further down.
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Again, how it's maintained that pressure point,
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we can see that compared to set up the wrist has increased the amount of extension,
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and the lead wrist has increased the amount of flexion.
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Those both allow for the grip being further ahead, like we just saw in that Jack Nicholisk video.
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These videos should also help you see that the trail thumb will not be pushing straight down and onto the shaft,
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the way that the lead thumb might be.
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If you feel a lot of activity with that right hand or that trail hand thumb,
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you're probably missing out on an opportunity for a little bit better clubface and path control.
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And finally, we've got Michelle Wee.
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You'll see that by the time the hands may get to impact, they've changed.
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They're working on the club differently.
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Again, we're seeing this right hand consistently applying that pressure point there,
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losing that one there.
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The wrist has changed orientation, the grip is further ahead.
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There's a whole common pattern of changes that we're seeing between set up an impact.
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And you can see more changes as you go into the follow-through position,
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but really finding high quality, close-up videos of the hands as they go through impact into the follow-through.
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It's really hard to find.
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But hopefully this at least peaks your curiosity as far as how to train each individual arm,
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because training each individual arm and hand can be really beneficial for kind of dialing in
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and building a really strong, repeatable release pattern.