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I often talk about the golf swing as a balance of steeps and shallows. One common place to see this relationship is looking at the downswing arm steepness compared to the follow-through arm bend. There are other factors in play, but a really common pattern is steeper arms in the downswing being complemented by arm bending, or a chicken wing, during the release. If your lead arm is bending at impact then it usually causes consistency issues for both contact and direction.
If you've worked on your swing long enough, then after you've trained each of these two movements (arm shallowing in transition and arm straightening in the release) then you'll be able to train the two of them blending together into one feel. This blend of these two movements can be a really powerful experience for owning your flat spot.
Tags: Chicken Wing, Transition, Release, Concept, Intermediate
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This concept video, we're going to connect arm shallowing to the chicken wing.
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So there's one of the more common patterns that emitters hate seeing on the way through
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is the chicken wing.
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When the arms are bending and coming in kind of more like this, there are a number of
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different causes that can be from lack of body rotation.
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It can be one of the ways that you're squaring the club face.
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Like common pattern or one common pattern is that it's a way to shallow out the club
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late or pull the low point away from the ground if you're coming in from a steep arm position.
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So in general, a steeper arm position would be the club working in more of a vertical
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fashion like this.
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Now it could be coming from the inside.
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It doesn't have to be coming from the outside.
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That depends more on my body orientation.
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So I don't want you to just think steep is outside shallow is inside.
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It has to do more with this verticality and narrowness.
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So here I'll be steep but from the inside and from this position, you'll see that
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in order to not slam the club into the ground really hard, I'm going to have to pull away.
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Whether that's from early extension of my body or from bending the arms, I'm going to have
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to pull to prevent the club from slamming into the ground.
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Where if I had this in more of a horizontal pattern, so if it was working more around
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my body like this and I slowly bent down, you'll see that this gets to a point where
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it's just giving the ground for a long period of time.
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That's part of how we're able to create this consistency or flat spot.
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So if the club is working more around my body kind of like so, then just it will make it
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easier for me to get chaffling, which is a steepener, hard to create steep when you're
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already too steep.
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And it will allow me to continue rotating my body because that's also a steepener.
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So what I've seen kind of clinically with my students is that getting the arms into more
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of a shallow position tends to free up a number of things and it tends to contribute to
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getting more arm extension in the follow-through.
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So we're taking away the chicken wing.
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So if you're looking at your swing and you're struggling with the arms bending and really
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pulling in here in the follow-through, then double check that down the line arm shallow
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check point to make sure that you have a steepen things too much in transition.
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If you have, then it's unlikely you're going to really change that chicken wing pattern
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unless you address the arm shallowness at least a little bit.
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If there are some people who are a little bit more vertical and they don't check
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in wing and what they'll do is they'll have more of a well-timed kind of reverse.
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Thrust away from the golf ball with the body and kind of a feel of that throw of the arms.
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That is one way to solve the puzzle, but in my experience it tends to break down a little
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bit more and be more timing dependent.
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So if you're capable, I would look at some of the arm shallowing drills in order to get
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more comfortable in getting into a delivery position kind of more like this.
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Then you won't really have to time so much the release.
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You just have to stay in your position as you let the arms extend in order to get the club
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down toward the ground.
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So again, if you're struggling with your follow-through, always look at the transition or the
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If you're struggling with the downswing, you might want to look at the follow-through.
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Those two match each other and one common pattern is the steep arms in transition will
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often cause a chicken wing in the follow-through.