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Four Ball Rhythm Drill

This is a great drill for players who struggle to manage tension and rhythm; it is especially helpful for players that fail to brace properly or those who may pull excessively with the arms. Overall, our goal here is to make a centered pivot, so that our arms can remain tension free and be driven by the body. From here, we can work on a number of release focused drills/concepts, such as bracing, "'the wipe", ulnar deviation, or arm extension. Just remember, we want to allow for the club to swing, so be sure to be especially mindful of your ryhthm and grip pressure. 

Tags: Fundamentals, Poor Contact, Not Straight Enough, Drill, Advanced

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This is four ball rhythm drills.

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So what we're going to do is we're going to place four balls in a line to force myself to

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stay both in rhythm and to manage tension.

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So oftentimes, golfers who have more kind of arm-bracing during the release or more

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of a lunge during the release.

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So if you have either an excessive upper body movement like this or a lot of arm tension

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where you tend to finish these kind of wildly and out of balance in your finish, you've

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got a lot of tension and you've got extra movement.

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So what we're going to do is we're going to hit four balls in succession and in order

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to do that, you're going to have to stay more centered so that you can rotate back and forth

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like this and you're going to have to stay more loose with the arms in order to let the

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club swing.

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Otherwise, what you'll do is you'll hit one shot and kind of freeze and then bring it back

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and start over.

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Our goal is to basically hit the shots where the club is just swinging back and forth.

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I could use this to work on a body bracing.

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I could use this to work on the wipe.

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I could use this to work on older deviation.

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I could use this to work on arm extension in the follow-through or the right arm or the

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left arm like I can use this for any of the release pieces.

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This just helps force it to be a little more rhythmical and a lot more centered.

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So you can either do this with or without practice swings.

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So I'll do the first version without.

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So I'm just going to get set up and then I'm going to basically do a 9 to 3 where I'm

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keeping the club moving and I'm just, I'm trying to duplicate the same

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arm release intention and I'm just trying to control low point by where my body is.

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This is easiest when I have the balls in the line.

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As a challenge drill for golfers who I think can handle it, I'll actually put the balls

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a little bit more staggered.

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So almost in more of a semi-random fashion.

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So now on this one, I'm going to work on the lead arm mechanics.

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So I'm going to work on a little bit more older deviation and a little bit more motor cycle

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and a focus on the lead arm.

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So I'm going to bring it back, keep it going.

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And you'll see that I have to make the body adjustments but kind of keep that arm release

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Now I've got a feeling in my mind of about how much tension I want in my arms down

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during the release.

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So now I could either do just a swing and then a hit or I could take that feeling and apply

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it to a regular full swing.

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Kind of like that.

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So if you struggle with either arm bending or a lot of a hit through the shot where you

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have a lot of tension and extra movement, use the four ball rhythm drill to help smooth out

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the arm tension, get a little bit better extension and force yourself to lead everything

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more with the core and less with the arms and shoulders.

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