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Centered Pivot - Finesse Wedge

There are a handful of issues that can create poor contact with the finesse wedges. Most of these are arm related, but there is a common body pattern that can also be detrimental. This pattern usually involves a significant lateral shift to the front leg during the downswing. This shift moves our "center" too forward of the ball and is usually accompanied by a strong pull of the arms in order to compensate. This then creates a large amount of shaft lean or the need for a sudden and aggressive release. To combat this lateral shift, a simple "T" setup (using alignment sticks) and the cue for a "centered" pivot is a great starting point. 

Playlists: Finesse Wedge - Chipping and Pitching

Tags: Poor Contact, Pitch, Chip, Drill, Beginner

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This drill is centered pivot finesse shots.

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So there are a handful of issues that create really poor turf contact for the finesse

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A lot of them have to do with what the arms do.

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But there is one common body pattern for a lot of golfers who struggle with these wedge

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And that would be when they get to the top of the swing, they tend to have a really big

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shift into their front leg and they tend to have a really big kind of pull on the club

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forward like so.

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So they get this shift on top and then they typically have to kind of throw the club down

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at the ground and hit bad contact there or they really keep going and hit have a ton

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of shaft lean and hit really poor pattern.

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So one of the ways to go about that is by using more of a simple T setup with the shaft

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fairly vertical you're going to try and make some swings where you have where you basically

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imagine that your tailbone or your spine is just spinning in place over the ground.

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So if you had a shadow and the sun was straight over any over above, you're not going

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to have any shift during the downswing.

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Now as you know, I like to have a little bit of a shift towards the target in the backswing,

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but in this drill there's no shift if anything, it's going to shift a little bit away

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during the downswing.

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I mean your head and upper body would shift just a tiny bit away in order to keep

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your spine a little bit more centered.

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So you can focus on this either from feeling the feet being really quiet and staying

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centered or you can focus on the spine and if you had a shadow creating a very limited

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amount of shift.

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So little high on that one maybe a little bit extra speed on that, but if you're struggling

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with ground contact, especially if you're getting leading edge, there's a very good chance

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that you're having kind of a pull towards the target this way and the big shift into

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that front foot, try to keep your pressure a little bit more centered just over the middle

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of the inside heel, just a little bit ahead of the ball, but as you swing and pivot,

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you're going to feel like you just spin the body around that spot, not a big jacks in

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five like we like to do in the full swing.

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