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Face Alignment In The Downswing

Golf is unique in the way the club face can be impacted by 3 different directions of movement. Most other sports the face will only be changed in one way. In this video, Tyler shows you how to recognize different face orientations at different key times in the swing.

Playlists: Fix Your Cast, Squaring The Club Face Explained

Tags: Not Straight Enough, Not Enough Distance, Intermediate

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This drill is face alignment at different points in the swing.

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So I've got a video where we talk about this face, the three major ways that you can

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adjust the face, but I want you to see that it's not just down at impact we can apply

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it universally.

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And a couple of the key times when we're going to want to look at this or lead arm

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parallel in the downswing shaft, parallel in the downswing or shaft parallel in the

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So the three main ways that I can close the face would be by using the whole shaft,

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moving the shaft forward backward, which would look either like this or like this.

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Those are the same things, just two different ends moving.

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Rotating the face, open closed.

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That'll look the same regardless.

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Or lowering the handle closes the face, raising the handle opens the face or raising the

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club closes the face, lowering the club opens the face.

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So that's what it looks like down there at the bottom and it's kind of easy to see.

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Now let's look at what happens when we're in the downswing.

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So if we're looking at the pattern when the lead arms about parallel here, we can see that

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rotating the face with the motorcycle closes it, extending the wrist, kind of re-hinging

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and pulling narrow, opens the face.

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So from face on, that closes it, that opens it, from face on, that closes the face, that

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opens the face.

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The shallow movement that we want to do in order to allow that body rotation also opens

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the club face, which is part of the reason why you need that motorcycle to balance that

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back out.

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Same thing we can get down into this position here.

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This would be opening the face, this would be closing the face, that is closing the

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face, that is opening the face and then the one we really like, that shaft rotation

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opens the face or closes the face.

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Then as we go into that follow-through position, the same thing's going to apply, I can

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rotate it more, open our clothes.

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I can open it by lowering the club, I can close it by raising the club up.

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So you'll see that a lot of golfers get into this club face is open and then they close

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it by re-hinging as opposed to fully unhinging and allowing the shaft rotation to close

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Then the last one would be, this closes the face, this opens the face.

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That's another one where in trying to get everything to extend out there, a lot of golfers

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are used to closing it by having the shaft move, the entire shaft move and you'll see

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that a lot in that follow-through position if I've closed it by bringing, by using the

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shaft, it'll show where the club is weighted a little left.

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So what you'll tend to see is in that ideal swing or the stock swing model, you're going

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to tend to see fully unhinging, which opens the face.

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You're going to see the club staying out there, which closes, or sorry, opens the

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So the main closing that they'll have is more with that shaft rotation as opposed to moving

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the whole shaft to move the face.

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Hopefully it helps you visualize when we talk about face-to-path relationships or if we're

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talking about the club faces in a position where you'd have to do something like

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chicken wing or like scoop in order to square it up.

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This is what we're talking about.

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It means that your balance of steepest in shallows and your balance of the face open and

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closing isn't matching up for the pivot that you're trying to train, but since the

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face is happening first, oftentimes fixing the face-to-path relationship will help clear

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up a lot of the pivot problems.

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