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Load The Chop Pattern - Wedges

Golfers know that they need to swing the finesse wedge swing more with the shoulders but many fail to load the shoulders with proper left in the backswing. 

Playlists: Master Your Distance Wedge

Tags: Poor Contact, Pitch, Chip, Backswing, Drill, Intermediate, Beginner

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This wedge video is load the chop pattern.

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Now, I've got another video where I talk about the chop first lift and basically whether

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the arm is lifting by going this way through impact or chopping by going this way through

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I think that's a good indicator of whether it's more of a driver pattern or an iron

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Well, what happens with a lot of golfers is they can't really chop during the downswing

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because they never loaded it during the backswing.

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And there's a really common way to see if this is what's going on in your swing.

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What you'll see if you're not loading that chop pattern is you will see the club tend

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to get way inside in the takeaway.

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Now, most golfers know that with wedges if you get it way inside, that's a problem.

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But we're going to break down a little bit why and how you should actually load it.

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So if the arm gets deep in across your body like this, it'll stay very well connected

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to the rib cage.

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But it's actually loading the chop pattern to basically fly away.

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If on the other hand the arm gets away from the body, just a little bit that creates

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some space for you to then reconnect or chop down.

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If it gets across your body like this and the club gets way to the inside and you've

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loaded that more of the lift pattern, you're creating an overly shallow path by the club

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getting way behind you.

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That's a problem.

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What normally happens is then during the downswing you're either going to drag the

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handle forward which will create a steepening which helps balance it out but messes up

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your low point and prevents you from using bounce or you will do more of a roll release

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which tends to steep in the angle of the tack to balance out that over leash, but also

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takes away bounce and can give leading edge contact and usually some face control issues.

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So it can result in a problematic release pattern.

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So how do we load the chop so that we can fire it during the downswing?

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Basically what will happen is during the backswing, you're going to see just a slight amount

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of space increase.

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You don't want this to stay completely connected to your rib cage where you've got nothing

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to chop down with and what would happen is just with rotation you'll tend to see the

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hands drift a little bit more towards the inside.

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If you do this chop pattern correctly you'll see a little bit of rotation and you'll see

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the arm kind of lifts lightly off the body.

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You'll see it easiest from the down the line and it'll look a little bit something like

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I'm just swinging the club on plane but if you investigate if you look at this area you'll

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see that it's just working away from my body as opposed to if I kept it connected you

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can see that would get it well deep to the inside.

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So what you can then practice is you can practice loading it and do a hit from the top where

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you basically feel like it's been loaded and then it just chops down to reconnect.

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Two things that you've got to watch out for if you struggle with this chop pattern there's

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a good chance that either you're shifting your weight too much to the right side or kind

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of leaning off the ball.

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Then when you chop you'll bottom out behind it so make sure that you do a little bit more

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of that forward lean during the backswing or if you tend to chop and then tilt during

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the downswing so you don't really shift off the ball during the backswing but you tend

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to create too much of that side bend and drag the handle a bit then if you chop you'll

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probably catch it then or fat depending on what you do with the wrist.

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But one thing that you will see from the face on view is if you do a good job with this

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chop pattern you won't see a whole lot of grip travel during the backswing.

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It's good to keep the club head lower to the ground but you don't want that grip to

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travel straight back where because then the grip is going to have to basically have too

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much speed and travel towards the target a little bit more aggressively.

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So you understand what we're trying to do.

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Let's take a look at a few.

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You're going to load that chop pattern, pause at the top and then you're going to reconnect

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and as this comes into your body as the chop kind of helps trigger that cast pattern you're

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just going to accompany it with a little bit more of that cast pivot and you should

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make solid contact.

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So you go.

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So you get set up, go up to the top and then little cast pattern with a little bit of the

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cast pivot.

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From the face on view you're going to load that cast pattern and then you're going to reconnect

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just like that.

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So if you're struggle with having that look of the hands going left on the other side

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of the ball, you're struggling with the look of the arms chopping in or you may notice

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it if you're struggling with the look of your hands going out during the release on

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these finesse wedge shots or even distance wedge shots make sure that you've loaded the

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chop by having a little bit of lift or drift in the backswing that'll help keep the club

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on plane during the backswing as opposed to having it get sucked inside or to inside

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during the takeaway.

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