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Analysis - Husky Golfers

Every golfer has to learn how to work with their body type and movement patterns. In this analysis video, we take a look at how golfers who have a belly manage to swing the club at an elite level. There are two major adjustments that golfers make. Either they drop more in the downswing to create more space for their arms, or they stand up and rely more on forearm rotation.

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So in this video we're going to take a look at a number of the larger

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golfers on tour and what they do. And the most obvious places that we're going to

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look are what do they do during transition and what do they do during release in

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order to work around having some extra mass in there in their stomach area.

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Right? What would possibly what we might expect is we're going to have some

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issues with the white move in the trail L though. But we're going to see how a

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different golfers adjust for their body shapes in order to make it work.

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So even if you're not a Husky golfer, hopefully you'll learn some things about how

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tour golfers organize their patterns and what that might relate to your specific swing

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pattern. So first one we're going to look at is Craig Stadler. And we're really going

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to categorize these golfers into two different groups. There are their golfers who

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make pretty much the same swing as others with one exception that allows them to

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work around the belly. And then the other group which we're going to start with is

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golfers who have somewhat dramatically different looking swing pattern as they

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work around their belly. So first we have Craig Stadler. And as we look from the

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down the line, he's going to have one of the more upright shaft movements.

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So we're going to kind of a gym furrow and we're going to see that during transition,

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even though he has this upright backswing, we're going to see a very nice shallowing move.

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Now this shallowing move because of where his right elbow is able to get to still ends up

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creating a steep overall path. So because he has this steep overall path, you're going to

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see not a lot of body rotation and a little bit more of a stand up move in order to shallow

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that back out. Now what he does that's we're going to see common with all of these golfers

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is even though he has this steep movement, he tends to not use bending the arms on the way

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through. In fact, he gets really good arm extension even though he didn't have a whole lot of body

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rotation. Typically what we'll see with those golfers or golfers who don't have a whole lot of body

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rotation in impact is the club and the arms are going to pass the body a little bit sooner. So we'll

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tend to see more and exaggerated kind of roll of the forearms or flip of the club through the ball.

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So if you have really big strong powerful forearms, you can pretty much get away with this

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method as long as you don't push the threshold of starting to swing too hard. So now the second

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golfer will take a look at is the second statler from the video and we'll see that he

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he fits into a similar pattern as his dad. Now he's not going to have nearly as steep

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an arm movement. You'll see that he's still able to get a pretty good amount of shallow.

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Now, part of the way that he's able to get this good amount of shallow may be a lesson to some of the

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golfers out there who struggle with wrist tension. As we go slowly into his shallow, you can see that his right

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palm, you can see that his right pinky and his right hand is actually coming somewhat off the club.

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So he's got a fairly relaxed position in terms of this right arm and the majority of his movement

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is happening more from that lead wrist to create that shallow. Now again, he's not going to have a

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ton of rotation and we'll see in the second section of this video why he's not going to have a

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ton of rotation. But he's not going to have a ton of rotation. But because he was able to shallow,

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you'll see he does a very good job of creating that motorcycle, getting that face closed

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and he'll do the white a little bit more from the lead side. Now, at impact, he did not have a ton of body

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rotation. So he will tend to see a little bit more of that right hand kind of flexing and

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wrapping around the left in his follow-through. But he still has very good arm extension, which is one of the

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universal pieces that we'll see as part of this stock tour swing. So he's get up towards the top of the swing.

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One common theme that we'll see is that a lot of golfers are going to have a lot of these Husky golfers

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are going to have a little bit more of that lead arm bend just because of the mass of their chest that they

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have to work around. But then as he comes down, we know that he's somewhat letting go of the club

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with his right hand here. And you'll see as he goes through, there's the very good white movement

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if I was to draw the line that we like to use at about shaft parallel, where as he comes through,

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you'll see it's working in more of a horizontal direction. It's not really working straight down towards the golf ball.

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And what you'll see from this face on view is you'll see that the left wrist is almost working away from the right wrist,

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indicating again that he's got more of the pressure, more of the control in that lead wrist.

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And you'll see that as he comes through that right wrist kind of stays the same as that left wrist

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continues to flex, indicating that the right wrist is actually off of the club during that release part.

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So that is one very good strategy for controlling the ability to get this arm extension piece.

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If you tend to be more trail arm or right hand dominant for right hand and golfer, you will frequently have that left arm

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bend through the shot. But Kevin Sideler is demonstrating a very good way of controlling that shallow movement

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transition and arm extension on the way through by dominating it more with that lead hand.

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And now we can take a look at Colton OST, who's kind of a little bit in between what we're going to see as the

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standard golfers who just happen to be overweight and make one major adjustment to allow them the space in the room to create the white

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or the timing and what they need to create the white versus what we saw with Kevin Sideler, Craig Sideler, who

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mitigated rotation tended to stand up to help shallow the club and focus on getting those arms a little bit more extended

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as they reached impact. You'll tend to see golfer who use that method or not going to be able to swing hard.

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So good thoughts for them will revolve a little bit more around rhythm than golfer who are in better positions.

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They won't need the timing in order to have their best ball straightening days.

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So you'll see that he does a Colton OST here does a pretty good job of shadowing out the club during transition.

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So there's a pretty good little arm shallow move. He doesn't get massively open to impact.

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So he doesn't have a lot of side bend as a result. What you'll see that he does is he works a little bit more into an early extension pattern moving that upper body away similar to say a billhouse.

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And then as he comes through, you'll see just like all these golfer who's he does a really good job of getting that arm extension piece on the way through.

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And he actually controls some of the forearm rotation because he does get his chest a little bit more open than the Kevin Sideler, Craig Sideler combo.

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So at the top of the swing we'll see that arm bend that I believe Peter Costa is highlighting.

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And you'll again see a pretty good looking white movement. He has a little bit more of the hands working down which could go some problems.

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But he reaches pretty good arm impact elements and then has very good arm extension on the way through.

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I mean, it keep highlighting that point because in my experiencing coaching, that's one of the issues that I tend to see the more overweight golfer is having trouble getting those arms to extend on the way through.

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And I think that that's something that this video will hopefully help you see is one of the common traits not just among among.

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Tour golfers, but a comment rate even among the Husky golfers and how they are able to play on tour.

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Now we've taken a look at some of the some of the golfers who have a noticeably different swing given their mass.

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Now we're going to take a look at some of the golfers who have more of a traditional or classic looking kind of stock tour swing.

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And what major adjustment they make given the fact that they have a little bit more of a belly.

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So this is one of my favorite ball strikers Carl Petterson.

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And what you'll see is on the way through he does a great job of sequencing it.

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We'll see from the downlining it is a tremendous job of shallowing.

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He's tremendous at getting that delayed arm extension and that big arm extension piece on the way through.

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And then as part of the reason he is such a consistent ball striker out on tour.

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So we'll see one of my favorite shallowing moves even though the hands are working out towards the target line.

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You'll see that club head drop well to the inside.

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So you'd think with that first movement going way out here that this guy is going to slice the ball off the world.

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But seeing him person he hits nothing but little five and ten yard draws.

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In fact the fade is actually one of his tougher shots.

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So you'll see that he does a great job of getting that body open.

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And if we skip back to the face on view, we can see that he does a great job of having those hands working more across his body in the white movement.

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And the way that he's able to do that is one of the things that you commonly hear tiger criticized for is in order to create more space.

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And you'll actually see a very pronounced head drop.

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His upper body is going to be somewhere around three and a half four inches closer to the golf ball, which is probably about double what the tour averages.

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Which gives him the extra space.

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So it doesn't look like his stomach is actually getting in the way.

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So he's going to take him to then rotate create shaffling and when he's making contact with the golf ball, his stomach is actually pretty much out of the way.

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So it doesn't impede him from creating that white movement and creating that really good arm extension piece on the way through.

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All right, so he'll be another one.

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You can use kind of the markers on the wall or in the in the back.

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You'll see that he has a fairly pronounced upper body drop, which helps create the space for his arms to complete the wipe on the way through.

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If you early extend or if you stand up as your main shadowing move, yes, you're going to have a lot harder time doing the wipe if you have a belly but what what some of the better boss rankers on tour.

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Who are overweight if demonstrated is that if you do not early extend if you were able to control where your upper body is you.

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Having a little bit more mass in your stomach is should not impact you from having really good impact alignments and really good downswing mechanics.

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Here's a great three quarter camera view of Tim Haren hitting a driver and you'll be able to see really good sequencing.

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You would think that he's not going to have any room to wipe but he's going to continue rotating and delay that arm extension piece until his stomach is out of the way.

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So you can see that at impact his stomach is pointing at this camera which is a good 30 40 degrees out in front of the golf ball and as a result his arm is going to have a pretty clear path with little mass in his way.

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If he had done more of what we saw with Craig and Kevin Steadler where his body was facing more of the golf ball it impacts we would you'd see a little bit more of that flip roll release.

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Where the forms kind of the right form is flexing and really rotating around as it passes the body very very quickly.

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But because he's done a good job of dropping, lowering during his golf swing he's created the space and allowed for that body rotation which allows him to have pretty normal stock tour swing mechanics.

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So if you're if you're highlighting that amount of drop he's actually dropped a little bit during the backswing you can look at his head compared to the gentleman's shoulder in the back.

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And what you'll see is as he works his way down to create that space down around impact he's moved from almost shoulder level where he started on that gentleman in the background down to almost nipple level.

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So he's dropped a significant amount usually more than than tour average.

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And now we'll take a look at one of my favorite ball strikers on tour, bu weekly, who does have a belly that he works around but he's been one of the most consistent ball strikers over the last five years.

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If he had putted say as well as Jordan's teeth a lot more of him we'd see him a lot more on Sundays that's for sure.

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And you'll see that he does a great job one of the best wipes I believe on tour where you'll see from from that delivery position.

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And the guy who's been working more or less across his body and you'll see as he gets close to impact you'll see that there's a fair amount of space between that right elbow and that right hip so that elbow has worked pretty well across his body.

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And he's seen as he goes to extend he is one of the latest wide points and has a really good arm extension piece on the way through part of what makes him such a consistent ball striker.

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And he's done the down the line.

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We'll see a very good job of that lowering move to get that stomach out of the way. You'll see that it looks like his upper body is bent well over which would normally steep in the shaft.

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And he's done a really good job of standing in that spine angle and rotating inside bending around it. He's got plenty of space.

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Doesn't look like his right elbow even touches his head.

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As he comes through because he's done a good job of staying in that spine angle and rotating inside bending around it. He's got plenty of space. Doesn't look like his right elbow even touches his belly as he works through during the release.

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So as a quick summary there's predominantly two different patterns you're going to see for overweight golfers. One of them wish they use the body standing up as their major shallow move.

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And then you're going to see less of the body rotation. But you still have to figure out a way to get that good arm extension on the way through.

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Craig Sadler and Kevin Sadler both good examples of ways that you can use that lead wrist to really help create that arm extension.

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If that's your pattern I would say that focusing on that arm extension on the way through while using your tempo to help you not have a overly steep angle of attack will be a really big key for you.

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The other option is what the best overweight ball strikers on toward do, buweekly Carl Patterson. They'll tend to lower a little bit more to get that belly out of the way and then they'll still able to create the rotation which creates the space for the wipe.

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And as long as you've got good enough shoulder flexibility you should still be able to get that really good arm extension piece.

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Whichever method you choose most of the information that we discuss here in the golf smart academy program is going to help you refine your program.

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If you find that you're struggling with certain movements you're welcome to submit your swinging we can help you figure out what might be your best strategy for working around what your body is capable of doing.

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