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Many of my students (and golfers who find their way to the GSA site) start with a severe out-to-in, or "over the top" swing path. With some of the drills and concepts found here, players are able to quickly move away from this pattern and instead, are creating a more shallow club path (with improved wrist mechanics). However, in this process of improvement, it is not uncommon to start struggling with thin or heavy contact. In large part, this is because you cannot receive the full benefit of an improved club-path without also improving "low-point" as well; this can be done with moves such as the "the wipe", for example. Ultimately though, if you understand how the old "over the top" move was able to navigate path and low-point, you can better understand how to address these two variables through more efficient and reliable mechanics.
Playlists: Train Your Release, Understand Your Swing Plane/Path
Tags: Poor Contact, Not Straight Enough, Impact, Release, Concept, Intermediate
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This concept video is connecting swing path to low point.
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So many golfers come in here with more of an over-the-top swing path and they'll tend to
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complain about hitting, you know, as the swing gets better.
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Sometimes they'll fall into a pattern where they're hitting a lot of thin shots or maybe even
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some fat shots.
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And what I'm going to do is in this concept video I'm going to show you how the swing path
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or the swing or the club path rather affects low point.
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So right now I've got this line on the ground to represent low point.
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So right about there we'll say that's where we're putting a golf ball on that line just
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Now what you'll see from the combo of down the line and face on is if I swing outside in that
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tends to move the low point forward.
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So instead of the whole hoop resting right here on the line, then when it moves forward
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now it's resting right there in front of the golf ball.
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If I naturally move the swing into out you'll see that now it's resting on the ground right
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So what many golfers do is if they hit some fat shots because they're swinging on plane
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or closer to straight then what they do is they start swinging outside in and they'll
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say, oh I hit that one really well.
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It was more of a pull but I hit it really solid.
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Basically what they're doing is they're cheating with the swing path in order to move
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the low point forward.
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Instead of using the wipe so the goal would be to get the swing path coming a little bit
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more straight kind of like this and then using the arm extension and the timing and the
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direction to get the low point forward like this.
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So that basically I'm swinging around an object here instead of swinging right around
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something directly in front of me and by swinging around more my left hip or outside
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of my left hip kind of like this that's going to shift the circle so I can still swing
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from the inside but hit down on the golf ball or hit the ball first.
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It have the divot ahead of the golf ball.
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So oftentimes if you've been outside in and really open and you start getting the motorcycle
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close then you just get coming from the inside but you don't have any of that wipe
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movement then yes the bottom of the swing gets here and you start hitting a lot of thin
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Know that that's part of the process and you're on the right track and now what we have
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to do is we have to use a little better arm mechanics or shoulder mechanics combined with
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a later timing of the arms in order to move that low point forward so that I can make
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So if you're working on low point drills where you're trying to get the low point move
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forward you might also want to you know put in some type of visual reminder even just
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a stick on the ground or something to make sure that you're not doing it by changing
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your swing plane but you're actually doing it by swinging around something or a point further
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out in front of the golf ball.
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So use that concept when you're applying some of these release drills if you're struggling
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with the low point getting behind the golf ball.
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We're going to do a little bit more just kind of a three quarter.
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Just a feel there.