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In this video, we look at the range of jackson 5 movement that tour pros make in transition, and how it relates to what the upper body will do during the release. The difference between the center of the thorax and the center of the pelvis at it's peak is around 6-8 inches for driver but only a couple inches for wedges. Many amateurs have a difference of only a couple inches, even with their driver, which is part of the reason why it can be one of the harder clubs for higher handicap golfers to hit.
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Tags: Fundamentals, Not Enough Distance, Driver, Analysis, Concept, Advanced, Intermediate
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In this analysis video, we're going to take a look at AccessTilt by looking at the Jackson
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5 and the Bracing movement.
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So it's an easy movement to see from the down the line camera angle, but it's hard to
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get a real accurate measurement.
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So a common question is how much lower body shift should I have.
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So right here on the screen I've got Roy McRoy now.
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I know with the driver he's towards the, he's close to the six inch range of lower
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body shift and then we've got Gary Woodland and I know that he's very close to the
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four inch range.
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So what we'll see is if we look at Roy McRoy now, this is technically three wood and
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the camera moves a tiny bit.
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But basically as he starts down you'll see his lower body shifts pretty close to half
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a box and then as he continues to rotate, the trick is to be, there the tricky thing is to
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be able to see exactly where the center of his pelvis is.
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But as he makes contact with the golf ball you can see that the center of his pelvis moved
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about half of his pelvis width because it was pretty close to the middle of this and then
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it moved pretty close to this end line.
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Now Gary Woodland we're going to see is going to move about a third of a pelvis width.
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So you'll see that lower body really bump and initiate the down swing.
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So we'll replay that a couple times so we can see that lower body leading that down swing
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with more of a lateral shift before it really starts to rotate as he goes into that
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post that move and then when he makes contact with the golf ball right about here, you
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can see that the center of his pelvis is moved more or less a third of a box which is
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kind of the lower end of tour average with a driver.
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Now according to Dr. Rob Neal they saw about the same amount of lower body shift with
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I typically see a fairly close to a little bit less depending on the style but we're
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going to take a look at a number of tour pros in this video so that we can see examples
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of different strategies of creating this tilt.
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The ultimate goal especially with the driver is if we take that line away.
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The ultimate goal of the Jackson 5 is to help power the swing and the ultimate goal of
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the Jackson 5 in the bracing is to create this axis tilt and basically what that refers
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to is if we were to imagine a line along the spine through the pelvis kind of into that
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The better drivers of the golf bar are going to have a larger axis tilt so they're
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going to tend to be a little bit more upper body behind where the lower body is.
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One of the metrics that we're able to measure is where is your the center of your upper body
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compared to where is the center of your lower body.
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The greatest difference between those two is going to be roughly shaft parallel in the
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follow-through and a lot of good drivers like golf baller up in the 6, 7, even 8
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I know Roy is up in the 8 in range and I know that Gary Woodland here is up in the 7,
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7 in range something like that.
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You can see that there's a fair amount of tilt away from the target and the Jackson 5
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is kind of how you start that tilt and then the bracing movement is how you continue
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it through the release.
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We'll take a look at a number of different strategies.
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You can have more rotation, you can have more slide.
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This is a general pattern that you'll see especially with the driver and the longer
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clubs to help get the proper angle of attack.
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What you'll see is as he goes down, you'll see that he creates a fair amount of axis tilt
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and when he gets to this point, you'll actually see that upper body kind of drift back
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Over here with the wedge, you will tend to see a little bit of that forward bump or that
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Jackson 5 move and then as he goes into the release instead of having his upper body
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really kind of back up, it just kind of stabilizes there.
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The difference in that back up move versus just stabilizing is the upper body here is a little
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bit more on top of the lower body and the lower body is more or less on top of the foot.
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Here the lower body, the center of his hit joint is probably somewhere right around that
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one right there.
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You'll see that that typically won't go past the inside of the heel until after the
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But you'll see that his upper body is behind it.
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That's kind of the bracing strategy is if your upper body is too far on top like he is
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in the wedge, if I was to come here and pull that club that way, he would pretty much fall
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But in this position because his upper body is behind the lower body, if I were to go pull
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on the club, it would not pull him over.
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He would have that lead leg to be able to brace with.
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So now over on the right we have Ben Hogan on the left we have Dustin Johnson.
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We'll just look at a few more.
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Now you'll see that Ben Hogan is going to be starting that lateral bump or that Jackson
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5 move just before the top of his arm swing and then because he's hitting an iron, you'll
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see that he gets that hip socket more or less on top of the foot and you'll see he pretty
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much post up there as he goes to rotate through into that follow-through position.
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Now when he makes contact he still has a good amount of that upper body to behind the golf
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It's a little hard to see all the details because the quality of camera wasn't as good
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back then as it is right now.
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So here we have Dustin Johnson and you'll be able to see there's that lower body shift
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and then the longer hitters are going to have a greater distance between their lead
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hip and that lead foot.
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If you get too much on top of it then when you push into the ground all the force will
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tend to push you more up where if you have this angle then when you push into the ground
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it will tend to push you more back that way and help create some of the rotation.
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So we'll see that he basically posts up there and then he has a combination of medium-sized
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Jackson tilt and then a medium-sized of the upper body going back.
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What we're going to see next is we're going to take a look at some golfers who tend
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to not have as much of the lateral shift tend to be lower on the scale of closer to the
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three four inch range and they will tend to have more of the upper body shifting back which
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I have found is a little bit tougher to teach most amateur golfers rather than the lower
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body moving towards the target.
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Especially when you're hitting an iron's a lot of amateur golfers when their upper body
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starts moving back creating more side bend that way tend to have bottom-to-swing issues
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and hit a lot of fat and thin shots.
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So over on the left we have our nails over on the right we have Jamie Settlowski, one
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of the longest hitters on the planet.
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So here you'll see Ernie L's having I've seen his 3D he's kind of in the 4 inch range.
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Now this is an iron so it could be a little bit more a little bit less but he's kind
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of on that lower end of average and then you'll see as he goes to release because it's
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an iron he can more or less stay on top of it but you'll see that his first movement
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really before the arms reach parallel is to get that left hip joint in the general vicinity
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of that lead foot.
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That in and by itself is the Jackson 5 movement that we try to teach.
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So then here we're going to see Jamie Settlowski who doesn't have nearly as much side
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tilt and now part of that is going to be the further he's going to be behind that
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then when he pushes that lead foot into the ground it's going to create more of the side
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bend and rotation.
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So now when he gets to about delivery position which for him is probably somewhere in
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right around here you'll see that as he goes to press with that lower body if we were
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to just kind of monitor where his upper body is because he didn't have a very big slide
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in order to create that access to tilt and create that positive angle of attack he's
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going to have his upper body shifts significantly away from the golf ball.
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There are a number of very good drivers of the golf ball who have this pattern where
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the upper body is three, four, five inches further away from the target than where it was
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when it started but the overall goal is creating this access to so that we can have the
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shallowness from the body which will allow us to rotate and get those arms to extend
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on the way through.
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So we'll look at a few more we've got Ricky Fowler on the left Kenny Perry on the right.
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So Ricky unfortunately this clip starts mid-back swing and just right about where this is.
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Ricky on his 3D tends to shift a few inches towards the target with the pelvis so if we
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had him it set up and we had a little bit more square camera angle I think it would look
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like he shifts even less during the downswing but more during the backswing but because
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he's already shifted over there you'll see the downswing is not going to have a very
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big lateral shift and so as a result you'll see his head compared to that stand is going
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to work its way backward in order to get this impact alignment of this access tilt that's
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key for the driver.
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Kenny Perry we can see has a little bit more of that rotation similar to that Jamie said
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loudseey move and then once he gets to delivery position right about here as he starts
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going into the release you can see that head move a few inches away from the target so that
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he gets this tilt.
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If you are going to stay more centered with your lower body then your upper body is
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going to have to shift a little bit more off the golf ball or sorry away from the target
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down during the release in order to create that bracing movement or the Jackson 5 movement.
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So the Jackson 5 is going to be more of a transition bump where the bracing movement is
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going to be more of the release stabilization piece but both of them are built into creating
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this good side bend rotation and access tilt.
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So as we look at Tigers start his downswing we can see a little bit of that bump but again
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more towards that lower range that perfectly acceptable three to four inch range but you'll
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see that he doesn't have a ton of that upper body going back and so since he kind of has
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the low slide of the lower body and not going back with the upper body he tends to have a little
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bit more of a path issue as it relates to the driver.
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Over here with Troy we'll see this is when he was doing stack until and so you'll see
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there's no real room for the Jackson 5 movement because he's essentially done it during
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So what we would expect to see is that upper body kind of working more back in order to
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create this tilt away from my golf ball.
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So whether you start on the left side and then stay there and tilt behind it or whether
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you have a little bit of a bump where you have the upper body going back the goal especially
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with the longer clubs pretty much I'd say six iron through driver is to get this really
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good access tilt in order to have the arms extended the right time and create that good
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flat spot for consistency.
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This is not something that I've collected camera angles for yet so unfortunately the best
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I could find on YouTube of kind of a higher handicap golfer is this pattern here where
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you'll see neither the tilt nor the upper body moving back and so when this person comes
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through you can see that the upper body and the lower body are basically in the same line
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and she's using a fall hang back method to help her square the face but you'll tend
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to see a mini version of this where the lower body just tends to spin and the upper body
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stays on top as a common pattern for amateur golfers who struggle especially with the
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Now here we have Steve Strikker on the right hitting kind of a three-quarter wedge so you'll
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see a very slight little lower body bump and then the upper body kind of staying more
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less on top of it and as he comes through you'll see that there's not a ton of tilt
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it's very very slight typically on 3D I'm gonna see in the the one to two inch range
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where with the driver golfers tended to get more in this six seven eight range with the
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better golfers being closer to that seven eight range so hopefully this helps you visualize
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what we're trying to do during this downswing and release pattern in order to create this
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Jackson five or bracing move you can use video and you can kind of see which of these movements
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you may be struggling with and know that if you're struggling with getting your upper body
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behind your lower body it's probably more of a steep arm movement in transition or an inability
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to close the club facing at the with those arms extending during the release so if you have any
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questions about the Jackson five movement the bracing movement or any of the other movements that we
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teach here as they relate to the golf swing please submit your video or send us an email and we will
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happily clarify as best we can.