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This is a great way to combine several tour inspired release drills into one playable "feel". While training patterns related to the trail arm will often mitigate issues with contact/inconsistency, concepts such as the sidearm throw can benefit a player's pivot and help eliminate early-extension. Ultimately, when trained together, they should create a consolidated feel that can transfer from the range to the course.
Tags: Poor Contact, Early Extension, Cast, Impact, Follow Through, Release, Drill, Intermediate
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This is connecting the trailarm only in the sidearm throw.
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So a common pattern is that golfers will tend to stand up and really straighten that trailarm.
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And there's a number of different things in play here.
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I could be struggling with my body creating too much power through early extension or
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kind of thrusting in towards the golf ball.
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Or I could feel like my right arm is really straightening early to apply force or to help
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get the club all the way down the ground.
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So there's a number of different factors in play.
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I find that the sidearm throw is a great way of feeling the engine and feeling like you're
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not standing up on the way through.
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But then to add a little bit of control element, we're going to do some single arm
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So the sidearm throw is basically where you put the driver even with your left foot and then
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you get into your golf posture and you do a little sidearm throw underneath the shaft and
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you'll feel like your body is kind of bent over almost like you're looking underneath
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Well now what we're going to do is we're going to try and make contact with a single
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arm drill, a single arm hit with the golf club.
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I've got about a 7 or 8 iron that's a good place to start with this and then I'm going
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to use the same setup.
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So I've got the driver basically even with my left foot and now I'm going to bring the
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club back and I'm just going to rotate through keeping my arm in front.
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And you'll see that when I make contact with the shot, it's much more of a body hit where
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it just feels like my arm is kind of being brought along but on a different plane than
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I might be used to.
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I might be used to turning my shoulders very level in which case I have to throw this
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down in order to get there.
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This is going to feel like my arm and my body pivot are working more along the same angle.
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Now one thing you want to be careful about is check your follow-through position to make
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sure that the club is still out in front of your body.
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What can happen is some golfers when you've got this in your way, you'll tend to just
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kind of throw the arm.
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So now my body is facing the golf ball and you can see that I threw the arm across and
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the club finished way past my body over here.
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So I want to avoid that and make sure that I get into a good body position.
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So after I did one where I threw my arm, I threw my arm a little bit and caught that
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So now we'll try to feel like we keep it a little bit more connected.
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That was probably the best one of that session.
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So since that was the best one, I'm going to take that club out of the way and now I'm
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going to look back at the ball and I'm going to spend maybe 15-20 seconds just kind of
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dialing in that position.
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So that right there is where I want to try to get to with my 9-3s and ultimately go through
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that position with my 3-4-10-2s and my full swing.
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So this is a great way for you to kind of combine a few of these feels of not early
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extending and hitting it more with the body on the way through into one playable feel.
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That playable feel may be something that you can really use to transfer your range swing
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and take it onto the course.