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Face Rotation With A Sharpie

A couple of pens, rubber banded to the shaft, can be a powerful visual training aid for working on the face rotation of the club through impact.

Playlists: Fix Your Cast, Squaring The Club Face Explained

Tags: Not Straight Enough, Release, Drill, Intermediate

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In this drill video, we're going to use pens to help us feel face rotation.

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So I've got a Sharpie that's tapered down, or that's rubber banded down there.

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Basically what you do is you're going to take the rubber band like so, wrap it underneath

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and then around the other side.

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And then position these two pens so that they're parallel to each other and both of them

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are roughly perpendicular to the face.

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That's a little off, but it doesn't have to be perfect.

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All right, now we're going to go through the drill.

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That's the easy setup.

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Let's go through the drill on how to use this.

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So for the sake of working on face rotation or understanding face rotation, sometimes

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it's complicated and hard to see exactly where the face is pointed.

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Even if you have one of those fancy little alignment things, it's not very visually attractive

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or visually specific.

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So what I like to do is take pens and rubber band them to the shaft.

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And so now, if I'm facing this way, you can see that the pens are parallel.

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I'm no longer thinking about the club face.

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I'm just thinking about the pens.

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If I were to go back, that's still parallel.

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That's still parallel.

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Well the face rotation in the golf swing would be this would point a little bit up and then

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it's gradually going to point until this looks a little bit down.

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Or from the down the line view, it would go to parallel to pointing roughly 30, 40 degrees

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behind me.

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I'll do that in the direction of the target.

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So it goes roughly to parallel with just natural rotation.

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With natural rotation, these are pointing 30, 40 degrees down towards the ground.

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If you're a slicer, I tend to want you to try to get these point at a normal murder

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point straight down at the ground because that will ensure that the club rotation is

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tapping soon enough that the club face will be pointed in the direction of the target

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or take away your slice.

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Because if you do the motorcycle move or the screwdriver move, it is impossible to slice

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the ball.

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Now a lot of golfers think that they do the motorcycle move and so they say, yeah, I'm working

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on it, but I'm still slicing the ball.

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And I will tell them, you're not actually doing it.

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You think you're doing it, but you need more feedback because you're not able to pay

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attention to it.

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The pens provide a little bit more of this feedback and depending on how tightly you

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have the rubber bands on, you can actually hit balls and take a look.

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Now the torque of the shaft, you can see that they no longer line up perfectly, but this

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one didn't change a whole lot and it is now pointed down at the ground.

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This one moved because there's a lot more things happening down at the club head and

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to the golf club when you go through the impact.

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So you can use pens to give you some visual feedback as far as how to understand and

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practice this face rotation.

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