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Isolated Ulnar Deviation

In this video, we look at how ulnar deviation is a key piece of the release. It typically starts to happen around shaft parallel to the ground in the downswing and finishes at follow through position. This uncocking of the wrists shallows out the path of the club and opens the face, and makes it easier for the arms to naturally rotate through impact. If you are struggling with getting width in the follow through and keeping those arms extending through the shot, this may be a missing peice for you. Just know that if you do this and the ball goes off to the right, then it let's you know that you are using rehinging to close the face, and have to add more motorcycle or shaft rotation instead.

Playlists: Unhinge in the release

Tags: Release, Drill, Intermediate

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This release drill is isolating owner.

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So, owner deviation is the unhinged part of the release, and sometimes it can get lost in

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the mix, but it's a critical piece for having that good extension on the way through,

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because what you'll see is if I hinge, which is radial deviation, if I just don't fully

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unhing, and what'll happen is it'll have a much more narrow look on this follow-through.

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This can be much more important for driving.

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You'll see for a Macaroid Jason Day, Jim Furik.

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Lots of really good drivers, the golf ball, who have this kind of late, wide, long look to it.

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Where that comes from is isolating this owner deviation.

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One of the benefits that isolating that owner deviation is as the club gets kind of inline.

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Now there's very little resistance to letting the club rotate, which also keeps my arms moving.

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Further away from me and gets that good extension on the way through.

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So what we'll do is we'll do nine to three drills, and we're going to isolate this

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owner deviation and talk about the timing of it.

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So from a face-on perspective, if I'm doing a nine to three, so I'm getting into this position,

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one of the first movements is going to be that kind of owner deviation before that rotation

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happens secondary through the ball.

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So this owner deviation, and you'll notice it's not a cast movement, so I'm not flexing

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my wrist and I'm not straightening that right tricep.

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I'm just lowering the club down towards the ground kind of like this.

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Now when I do that, what I would do in the actual swing is I would accompany that with

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body rotation so that instead of it ending up here behind the golf ball, the move will

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finish here pointing at the target.

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So from the down the line view, what you'll see is if I'm in this waist height and I have

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a tendency to see the club kind of get out there, that could be an okay body movement,

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kind of almost everything except for if I did that again, but now I add that owner deviation,

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you can see that now the club is tracking one or more shallow path.

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So this is one of the big shallower, it gets the club away from you, it gets the club kind

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of down low, allows for side bend and rotation through the ball.

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This can be a key missing piece to a lot of players releases, because what they'll tend to

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do is they'll want to kind of hold this the hands pretty much firm and pretty much in the

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exact same position, and then the club will get too high, and so what I'll have to do is I'll

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have to use my shoulders to get the club down towards the golf ball, but you can see that

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that's going to mess up some of the bottom of my swing and ultimately that path.

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So especially if you get into a very good delivery position, but then you still struggle

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with kind of scooping the ball, having a little bit of that chicken wing on the way through,

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what it usually means is I'm not doing any of this owner deviation.

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So what we'll do now is we'll hit a couple where we focus on

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I'm basically going to feel this owner deviate, and I'm just going to allow my body to rotate

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while I'm finishing that move, and you'll see that a checkpoint will basically be in this follow

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through if the club is slightly below my hands and kind of wide away from me.

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You can't hit balls this way, but one way to kind of exaggerate that feeling is if I were to

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choke up on the club here, I'm now in that delivery position. If I keep that owner deviation

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or I fully owner deviate, you'll see that I'll get the club pretty close to my left forearm.

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So if you're struggling with getting extension on the way through, it could simply be not having

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enough of this owner deviation during the release. And the timing of when that should happen

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is kind of down right around in here is when it starts, and it's basically going to finish

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when you're fully extended kind of right somewhere in this zone here, kind of in that follow through.

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The alternative, again, from the face on view, would be if I get to about here, and I don't

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owner deviate, then I have to get the club down to the ground one of these other ways, and I'll tend

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to release the club more like this, and you can see that that's going to affect the path, the amount

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of loft, the low point, the wide point, all the important parameters that we're trying to build with

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this good release. So get that early, older deviation, and that'll allow you to get more extension

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on the way through.

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