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Tags: Fundamentals, Poor Contact, Not Straight Enough, Not Enough Distance, Set Up, Impact, Follow Through, Backswing, Transition, Release, Concept, Beginner

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In this content video, we're going to talk about the core concepts of the Galsmar

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Academy system. So the core concepts are basically a review or a preview of the key

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movements that you're going to learn in each section. And it's really to help us establish

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a more consistent vocabulary, right? So instead of having to use the technical terms,

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my students have really come up with phrases over the last decade that have stuck with me.

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So in this video, I'm going to help go through what are some of the common phrases

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like the motorcycle move that you're going to learn in this site and kind of create some

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clear definitions so that we're at least starting on the same page. And that way we'll be able to

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communicate a whole lot easier as you ask questions and experiment with the different videos on this site.

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So I'll go through kind of each of the different phases and what some of the core fundamentals are.

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But the major kind of global picture is there's three major skills that we're trying to do

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when we're swinging golf club. We're trying to create speed in the clubhead. We're trying to

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coordinate the path of the clubhead so that it strikes the golf ball. And we're trying to organize the

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face to path of relationship so that when that clubhead strikes the golf ball, it flies and curves

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the way that we want it to. Now we can simplify that into saying that we want to power this wing

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or we want to create most of the speed by using our whole body and then we're going to

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organize this face to path relationship by using somebody but mostly the arms. When I talk about

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powering the swing, it's very easy to get confused and think that it needs to be really explosive

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movements. While using as much of your body as you can to create speed is important. It doesn't

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have to look very violent on video. So one of great analogies that I've heard was from Ben Doyle,

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which is looking at, let's say instead of a golf club, let's look at pushing a shopping cart.

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Right? I could push the shopping cart with just my wrists. I could push the shopping cart with my

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arms and shoulders. I could not really use my arms and push with just my legs or I could use

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my whole body to push the shopping cart. Well that fits very nicely into the analogy of using

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your whole body or the metaphor rather for using your whole body to swing the golf club. I want to

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use my legs and my hips in my core in order to swing the golf club and then I'm going to do some

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simple movements to help coordinate the face to path relationship and that movement pattern tends

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to hold up best under pressure. So the 3D motion that I've used for the last 10 years helps give

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parameters as far as how tour pros are using each parts of their body during these different phases.

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So when we're trying to build this body-powered swing, there's some key things that we're going

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to come up against. So the core concepts when we look at setup, setup is really simple. We're trying

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to keep our spine in a position where we're going to be able to use it for power and we're going

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to grip the club in a way that is going to give our free-to-move movement and give us a head start

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on coordinating that face to path relationship. There's really only two ways that I can coordinate

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that face to path relationship. One is with how I orient my hands on the grip to start and two

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is the movements of the wrists and forearms that I make during the swing. The backswing can be simplified

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into the goal is to use the body to swing the arms into place rather than positioning the club with

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the arms. So I could have a good swing plane, but if I'm picking up my arms and not using a whole

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lot of body, that probably wasn't a great swing plane, but if I'm just using my arms, I'm going to

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have a hard time with low-point control. I'm going to have a hard time with dynamic loft and I'm not

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going to be able to really create a whole lot of speed. So when I say that the body is driving the swing,

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we know that we want to keep the club moving on a relatively planar path as we do it.

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But most of the things that you're going to hear from not just my site, but in golf instruction

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everywhere is things like a low and slow or smooth or wide takeaway. All those

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things are all those descriptions are ways of looking at a body-driven swing. Why did the top

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extending the spine not swaying off the ball, not standing up? Those are all ways to look at

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making this somewhat centered pivot, which is one of the core concepts of the golf smart academy

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system, is a somewhat centered pivot revolved around the body movements. So in the backswing section,

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you'll see lots of videos to help you coordinate the face-to-path relationship and get ready for

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transition. But most of it is ways to stop yourself from not using your body to swing the club

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in the backswing. So while the core concepts in the backswing are great, it's really the downswing

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that I set up, think separates elite golfers from average golfers. And part of the reason why I think

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many elite golfers benefit from thinking about setup and posture and simple things during the backswing

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is they've already built for the most part a really functional downswing. Well, many

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amateurs struggle with their downswing have much more inconsistent contact and just having a good

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setup usually doesn't cut it. In my coaching experience, working on the downswing can have some

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of the biggest impacts into amateur golfers, ball striking ability. Now, when I'm looking at the

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downswing, I tend to talk about two different phases. One is transition and two is the release.

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Transition is kind of like the the weight shift and the the early part of the throwing motion and the

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release is the second half of the throwing motion. In the golf swing, transition is roughly until

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about shaft 45. So there's a bit of a weight shift, which I tend to refer to as the jacks in five

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or a little bit of the hit bump. There's a regaining in my posture and my what I typically refer to

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as the left tilt or transition crunch sometimes. So the body regained its flex as it helps with that

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weight shift. And then there's two things that the arms are doing. They're going to shallow,

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that allows me to make some of the steeper body movements. So the arms shallowing during transition

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is one of the core concepts that you're likely going to work on. And then earlier face rotation

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or what I refer to as the motorcycle movement. So the arm shallow is basically the arm's rotating

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away from the target to help shallow out the club so that my body can rotate and regain its flex

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and the club doesn't get too steep. And the motorcycle movement starts the club rotating. So I'll

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talk a lot about whether the club faces getting squared by in-plane shaft movement or the club

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passing your hands kind of like this or if the club is getting squared by shaft rotation.

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That pattern starts during transition and then continues hopefully during the release.

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The last movement during transition is kind of a bridge movement. It works between both

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transition and the release and it's called the wipe and it's basically working the arms across

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your body like so. Many golf instructors and many golfers have talked about playing well when they

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get their arms in front of you or arms back in front of their chest. I think that that's when I'm

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describing the wipe that's essentially looking at the same thing. It's the direction and the timing

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of where the arms are moving at the end of transition and through the release. If you tend to struggle

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with that wipe move you'll tend to have the arms back behind your body which could either be an

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outside in kind of getting into a chicken wing move or a kind of stuck look which will give you a

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big right-word path so it could either be behind my body like so to help control low point and help

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control club face or it could be more behind my body like so to really help control path and

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club face but the wipe movement is essentially getting the arms in front of your body. When you have a

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good wipe movement you're swing your contacts will be relatively solid and your swing will tend to have

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a look of rhythm or fluidity to it. When you lack that move you'll typically have more of a kind of

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a stalling look when you get down towards the bottom of the swing. So the wipe movement bridges

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because it kind of starts just as we're getting to the end of transition and then continues all the

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way until the end of a release and the release ends for me at about shaft parallel or what I call

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follow through position. So during the release we're going to continue the shaft rotation of the

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motorcycle movement. We're going to worry about shallowing by using unhing instead of arm rotation

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and then we're going to work on those arms working across your body with more of that white movement.

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That creates shaft lean body rotation that impact the flat left wrist. A lot of the things that you've

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probably read about and are familiar with will break down the different ways that you can train it.

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We focus on left arm or bright arm or body all those key movements. Now the main body movement

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that we work on during the release I call bracing. So at this stage I'm using my body really to get

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the speed into the clubhead and then just after impact my body now has to worry about decelerating

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or stabilizing all the speed that I create in the clubhead. So if I were to get way up on my toes and

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kind of get off balance if I had a lot of speed in the clubhead it would pull me even more off balance.

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So being kind of down and keeping my spine angle or keeping my posture as I go through

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using my hips having my hips a little bit more ahead of my body or my lower body

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puts me in a position where if this club was going to get yanked out of my arms I'm in a position

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where I can use the big muscles of my core the big muscles of my hips and my trunk in order to

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stabilize that speed. So it brings us full circle to where we want to use the body to control the

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backswing we want to use the body to help control the downswing we're going to use arm movements to

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coordinate that face to path relationship but we're primarily going to use our body for

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speed control and our body to safely decelerate all the speed that we created. By going through

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each section you'll figure out which one or two of these core fundamentals or core concepts

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you struggle the most with and you can put in most of your time with that. Now you will see that

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these fundamentals build off of each other so if I don't or if I don't shallow my arms if I get steep

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then I'm probably not going to have a big transition crunch and I'm probably not going to have a big

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white movement but if I if I gradually work on each of these pieces I'll find the one or two that

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will help tie all the other ones together and I'll instantly notice better contact better feedback

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which is why it's important to know how to read the feedback but better contact better ball flight

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and it will usually look better on video as well. So we'll see if we can throw a swing together

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that utilize all of those core concepts.

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