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If you want to have body rotation, you need to have shaft rotation. The motorcycle move is our term for shaft rotation. Ideally, it starts in transition, but many golfers fail to continue rotating the face long enough in the downswing to have a really good release.
Tags: Not Straight Enough, Not Enough Distance, Cast, Draw vs Fade, Drill, Intermediate
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This video is the continuous motor cycle.
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So the motor cycle is starting the club face rotating.
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But I often refer to the motor cycle as looking at shaft rotation.
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So there are two major ways that golfers square the club face in the golf swing.
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One is having the club pass my hands.
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So you can see if I'm right here, club is pointing out towards the camera.
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If I keep my grip here, let the club pass.
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Now it's pointed at the wall.
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And then if I keep my grip there, let it pass.
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Now it's pointed directly behind me.
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So compared to the target by letting the club pass,
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I changed the face location, but I also totally changed the path.
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You can see that in order to move the club face,
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I had to move the entire club.
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The other option is club face rotation.
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So right now that is pointing at the wall.
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And now that's pointing at that wall.
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So I was able to change the club face rotation or alignment.
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90 degrees without changing the shaft.
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Obviously I don't need to change it 90 degrees or 180 or 360.
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In the golf swing, I only need to change it 3040 degrees.
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But many golfers who struggle with either having more of a forward lunge or trail arm straightening or kind of picking the ball,
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not getting a whole lot of compression,
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potentially the longer clubs, not being able to stay back.
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Frequently, these golfers struggle with having the motorcycle movement or the shaft rotation.
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Because that is just changing the face to path relationship without changing the path.
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So many golfers, many tour golfers, start that pattern with the lead wrist and the trail wrist,
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kind of rotating the shaft up here.
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And then they continue and the pattern is the club face just kind of rotates like this,
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the entire downswing.
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What many amateurs do and what tour pros do with a lot of their wedge shots.
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So they don't rotate the club and then they use more that club face passing to square the club face.
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So if you're struggling with the motorcycle, sometimes it's important to see how it continues.
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Because I focus on it in a, I use the word motorcycle and I focus on it in transition of having that club start rotating early.
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But many golfers stop that movement of rotating the club as they get down into the release.
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What rotates the club when you get down into the release is more of the lead wrist supination.
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So letting that form kind of rotate so that the palm is facing up or the famous Jimmy Ballard catch a range drop,
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where that palm is facing up as opposed to palm facing down.
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So that continues the motorcycle from waist height through to waist height through.
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From the trail side it's going to be a little bit more of the pronation as opposed to flexion of the wrist like so.
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So to continue the motorcycle movement during the entire downswing,
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what that's going to look like is I'm going to start it with flexion and then as the club starts to unhing,
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now it's going to continue rotating in more of that supination style.
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So if I give myself enough room, I'm going to start it with that flexion of the motorcycle and then as I unhing,
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I'm going to continue that supination in order to let the motorcycle movement continue down through the release.
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So many golfers start the motorcycle move but then lose it during the release.
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If you feel like you do the motorcycle or if you feel like you do the arm shallowing and you focus on the motorcycle,
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but you're hitting lots of slices or balls that go curving off to the right.
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Know that it's impossible to actually do the motorcycle movement and have a massive slice.
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You could hit a little power fade, but it's very hard to have the face get open to the path since the motorcycle movement closes the face to path.
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So if you're struggling with that type of contact, then you can work in some of these kind of pump styles and you can just feel,
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all right, I've started it rotating and instead of feeling my exact body part,
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I'm just going to feel the club face rotating and I'm going to feel like it's just going to gradually rotate all the way down until I make contact with the golf wall.
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And if I'm aware of it, the changing movement is going to go from flexing during transition to as it starts on hinge,
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supernating on the way through in order to continue that rotating.
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So if you're struggling with the motorcycle and or your ball flight, don't forget to continue the motorcycle movement as you work through the release drills,
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because if you just started during transition, you can totally lose it with poor release mechanics and frequently the release mechanic that gets overlooked the most is letting that lead arm supinate as you work through from that nine to that three position.