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A study from well known golf biomechanist, Dr. Sasho MacKenzie, showed that 39 out of 40 touring professionals had some amount of club shallowing in transition. If you combine this with the fact that many amateur golfers tend to get too steep at this point, we can safely say that this is a key differentiator between low and elite level players. To get a better feel for this pattern, players will get to the top of their swing, drop the club, and then catch it, while pulling in the direction of the target and rotating to a full finish. You will probably want to do this with a split-grip and avoid hitting any balls at first, but you should get a good sense for how the shallowing of the club relates to the movement of the body. Once you have completed a few repetitions of this, you can then move to the next progression, which involves a normal grip and a simple decrease in grip pressure as you again feel the club falling or shallowing in transition. From here, you can go ahead and hit some full shots, while being aware of any tendencies that may overly steepen the club. Overall, this is a great drill that has helped a number of my students quickly pick up on the unique feel of what it takes to properly shallow in transition.
Playlists: Keys To Transition
Tags: Poor Contact, Not Straight Enough, Not Enough Distance, Transition, Drill, Intermediate