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Hands High, Club Low

During transition, the body is going to apply a lot of the speed to the clubhead, but the arms have an equally important role. They need to start shallowing the club, so that the body can turn through the ball without having the path get steep or too much to the left.

Tags: Not Enough Distance, Transition, Drill, Intermediate

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The Stirl is hand-high club low in transition.

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So a lot of golfers struggle with this concept of shallowing out the club in transition.

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And from the arms point of view, shallowing out the club in transition

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does a whole lot of really good things for the golf swing.

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Chris Como, Dr. Kwon, but Chris Como is the first person who kind of explained it to me.

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He has a great video on YouTube with Sasha McKenzie.

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He's talking about this hand-path that we talk about.

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So in order to set up that hand-path, you need to have this shallowing move from the arms in transition.

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And all that means is let's say that my hands are going to be pulling kind of on a line like this.

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Right? Well, so if I have this club here, my hands were going like this,

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then the club head would be on a slightly shallower line like so.

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And what'll happen is if this club is on a slightly shallower line,

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and you build up all this speed, and then you pull in, or your body goes into that bracing that I talk about,

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it will cause that club to want to line up, and it actually helps square the club face.

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So if you're having a trouble with getting steep in transition and hitting poles or fades or fat shots,

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this can be a big piece of the puzzle.

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So a lot of golfers struggle with these arms basically going like this.

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If I take my body out of it, the arms basically going like this in transition.

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So what we're trying to do is have them go more like this.

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Now, if you notice when I do so, my hands pretty much stay in place,

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and the club head drops closer to the ground or low.

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As opposed to if I was to pull my hands down, the club head stayed high, and my hands got low.

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So this is kind of the sister drill to the down versus out,

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because a lot of golfers have been taught or told to pull down on the handle,

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and unfortunately that can create the steepening of the arm path,

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and then you'll have to do some stuff with your body in order to try to shallow it out,

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whether that would be kind of standing up or releasing your wrists.

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Those are two big kind of shallowing moves that will accompany usually this steep transition.

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So similar to a pump drill, I'm just going to let the club almost try to get horizontal.

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And a lot of golfers have a travel kind of visualizing this, because it doesn't look like a golfer does that.

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Now, if I do that same movement, but so there's the hand staying high,

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and I'm basically just taking my left arm and dumping it like this,

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or I'm taking my right shoulder and bringing it more in front of my chest.

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Kind of like that.

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So a lot of golfers will say, well, it doesn't look like they do that on TV,

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and I'll say yes, but the reason it doesn't look like that is because their pivot is very different.

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So because they're increasing their flex, they're kind of bringing their chest slightly closer to the ground

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as they go into this kind of rotational phase, right?

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If I was to have my arms steeped during that, it would bring the club way out here.

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So if I do that movement and have a very good body movement, the club ends up looking like it's moving on plane.

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So the club itself may not look that different compared to the golf ball,

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but it'll look very different compared to your body.

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So the way that I tend to have golfers start with this is using more of a broken transition.

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So they'll go up, drop it down to there, and then see if they can find a way to make somewhat solid contact from there.

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And it's going to take five or ten balls just to even find the ground.

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In fact, before hitting the golf ball, I would recommend trying to hit the ground.

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If you're used to kind of a clunky contact like this, and then you start adding this piece,

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oftentimes what you'll find is you'll have a hard time hitting the ground if you're still standing up.

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So it's a good kind of bridge drill for working on getting this really good transition,

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and then requiring you to stay in better posture through the hit.

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So you can do it with or without balls, and your goal is to kind of do this broken transition and then go,

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and then work your way into making it as one movement as you can.

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This has been one of my more helpful drills for helping people really learn how to shallow up this club during transition.

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So you're going to keep your hands up high as the club goes low.

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And most of this lowering is going to come from what the body is doing, not by pulling down with the arms.

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So hopefully that helps you with your transition issues.

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