Squaring The Club Face Explained
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The motorcycle move works on rotating the shaft during the downswing. Rotating the shaft during the downswing is a hallmark of golfers with greater consistency. But, if you rotate the shaft you'll want to combine it with a shallower path. A shallower path also is a hallmark of golfers with greater consistency. This drill combination allows you to work on both at the same time. It also helps you clarify the feedback of reading ball flight curve.
Playlists: Fix Your Cast, Fix Your Flip, Squaring The Club Face Explained, Fix Your Slice, Motorcycle Move Training, Fix Your Chicken Wing (Bent Arm @ Impact), Understand Your Swing Plane/Path, Get More Distance, Fix Your Hook, Swing Plane Simplified - Working with steeps and shallows
Tags: Poor Contact, Not Straight Enough, Not Enough Distance, Early Extension, Chicken Wing, Cast, Draw vs Fade, Speciality Shot, Iron, Driver, Fairway Wood, Impact, Follow Through, Transition, Release, Drill, Intermediate, Beginner
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The Strel is combining 9 to 3 4 square and 9 to 3 motorcycle.
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Many golfers need to work on their face to path relationship and when they do they tend
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to lose the path.
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So one of the most common things that I see is golfers come in, let's say, with a club
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face that's wide open kind of like this.
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We're not a whole lot of shaft rotation and a little bit from the outside and they hit
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weak shots, but straight shots and with the driver it fades and they don't like how far it
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goes or how consistently they are.
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One of the first things that we need to work on is shaft rotation, getting the club
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face square to the path.
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So after they've learned to read feedback they say, alright, I can see that the club
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faces open to the path, I need to get that more closed.
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And then what they'll do is they will try to do the motorcycle move, but frequently they
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will steep in the path like this in order to close the face and now they hit these massive
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So frequently what I do is while they're doing the shaft rotation or working on the motorcycle
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I'll just create the visual of force square.
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So we won't get into any of the details of how they can shallow it out or get the club
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to swing more into out.
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But I'll explain to them that when they close the face, if the path stayed out to the
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left they're going to hit big poles so they have to shallow it out a little bit more.
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Well everything that shallowes the club tends to open the face so that puts a higher
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priority on now doing that shaft rotation and doing that motorcycle movement.
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So what I've done here, I've taken the spray paint and drawn force square there.
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Normally I just use a T and mark it in the ground but you should be able to see that.
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And then I'll usually start golfers with the ball, T-UP right in the center of it.
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But I'll take away the ball, I should say this is the first step I do before I put the
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ball there and T-UP.
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I'll have them go back to that 9 o'clock position, close the club face and then try to get
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the club to brush the ground going from square number one to square number three.
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So basically back to here, close the club face, brush through there and then check in
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the finish position to make sure that it stayed close.
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So this forces them to pay attention to the path while focusing on the club face.
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And they do them together, it'll look something like close the club face, little on
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the toe, little bit of a pull so I probably was straight and then into box four, not quite
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enough one to three.
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But it allows me to figure out what I need to work on.
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It gives me a little bit better feedback than just doing, that was better there.
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So it gives me more feedback than just doing the 9 to 3 with the motorcycle.
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Those two skills have to go hand in hand because if you change your face the path relationship,
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your path will have to adjust as well.
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This is a great way to work on it, combining 9 to 3s or going into full swings but using
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the motorcycle with some type of path alignment like either the force square or the bowling
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alleys, I really prefer doing 9 to 3 in combination with the force square.
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Here we have the close up view.
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So again I'll normally just do this by carving a line like that, like I showed in the
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force square drill.
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But here we've got the spray paint to make that a little bit easier.
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I'm going to work on trying to get the club face closed but closed coming from here.
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Golfers tend to either come from the inside with it open or come from the outside with
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It takes a little bit of training and getting used to coming from the inside while still
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having it closed.
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So you get set up.
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You can do this either off the ground or on the tee.
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I usually prefer starting on the tee but we'll go for it.
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So you're going to go 9 o'clock, close the club face, swinging through so that it launches
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pretty straight even though the club face stayed close.
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You can then work this pattern up to fuller and fuller swings so we can do a little
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Close the club face.
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That one the ball launched left.
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So now I'll focus, I'll get the club face set and then I'll shift my focus more to the
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So club face closed.
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That one was much better in terms of the ball flight started a little right and then
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This is a great way to work on combining the face and path.
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You just visualize the path and you focus on the feel of the club face and together
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it allows you to get good feedback while you're putting in reps.