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Beat The Drum - Use Your Core In The Release

The merry go round is a great drill for feeling the body orientation at impact, but a lot of golfers struggle implementing it and feeling the timing of the core activation. Beat the drum is a great drill for feeling the activation at the core at the proper time. Many golfers go into early extension and will not be able to use their core in the way we show in beat the drum, which is why it can be a key drill for getting your core more connected to your swing.

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Tags: Not Enough Distance, Pitch, Impact, Drill, Intermediate

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The Strel is beat the drum and this is kind of a dynamic merry-go-round drill.

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So normally what I'll do is I will stand and hold the impact bag and let the students

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kind of hit it with their torso.

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But for demonstration purposes I'm going to do this in slow motion and I've got this yoga

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block that's kind of representing the impact bag.

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I can bring the driver up, good, and that'll work on about, you know, as protected by

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my towel so it should be okay.

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So we're going to get into our golf posture and then you're going to make a backswing.

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From here you're going to try and do a little bit of that Jackson 5 keeping that core

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engage and then you're going to let that upper body rotate until it basically hits something

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just a, you know, a foot ahead of the target line, something like that.

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You're not trying to accelerate that upper body all the way to impact because then the arms

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would have no real face.

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So again I'm going to lower body and then core transferring it to that upper body.

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So making sure that when my lower body goes it transfers through my core into my upper

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body and it feels like it's turning into this kind of dynamic movement.

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From the down the line it would basically look something like that and this is about where

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that torso speed is going to be the highest.

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Now in the actual golf swing that ends up looking like it gets all the way down to about

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So I'm beating the drum, beating the drum and then I let it go.

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As I've built up this momentum and I've kind of started this chain reaction from the lower

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body through the core into the shoulders.

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Beat the drum is great if you're working on relaxing those arms and powering the swing

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more from your body rotation.

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Once you have a good feeling you can try to make contact with the ground and then put

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a golf ball and let it get in the way.

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So now that I've got a feeling of that beat the ground I'm going to try and let that upper

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body get powered kind of like so and we're going to even this a little bit more down

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So now when I beat the drum I'm just going to let that momentum from my body go into the

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arms and club.

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Kind of like that.

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