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Monitoring Right Side Bend

Axis tilt is important for creating a shallow path of the club but not all axis tilt in created equally. Use this simple feel drill to see if you are creating your side bend from your spine or more from your hips.

Tags: Concept, Drill, Intermediate

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video is monitoring right side bend for the full swing. So monitoring right side bend

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can be helpful for those of you who either don't have enough or have too much or

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getting it from the wrong place. So not all right side bend is created equal.

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I mean you view simple way to feel whether you're getting it from your hips or

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you're getting it more from your spine. So the simple way to feel it I'm going to

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put the club down here for a second is if you take your hands and you hold

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them kind of in the low-high symbol right now we're going to take our thumbs

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and place them on the bottom of our ribs so you can just kind of poke around until you

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feel the bottom of your ribs and then take your pinkies and place it on the top of

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your pelvis or kind of like your ASIS. So now if I was to right side bend or left side bend

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I can feel kind of a crunching action and a lengthening action so I can feel some

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change there versus if I was to tilt from the hips I can feel that this

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relationships, they's pretty much the same but I can create a pretty good amount of

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side bend just by going through the hips as opposed to keeping the hips level

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and going through the spine. So there are two common places where you can go into

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more of a spine side bend and not the hips and you want to kind of monitor it if you're

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working on your access tilt especially if you start to get some lower back pain.

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So the two common places would be in transition and in the follow-through.

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So what I'll do is from down the line you'll be able to see I'm going to have a

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little bit of left side bend as I go towards the top of the swing but then as I go

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into transition I'm going to basically keep that left side bend and not let that

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right side get too low until I get into my release. So here's that transition move

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where I'm having it more from the hips as opposed to having it all from the spine

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from the face on view that I'll look like this if I do it more from the hips it

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will look kind of like that if I do it more from the spine it will kind of look like

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that and it will look a little bit more upper body dominant. The other option or the other

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place to kind of key in on is when I go through the follow-through making sure that I'm getting

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in some of the side bend through the hips. If the hips stay pretty level and then I get

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all the side bend through the spine that can be problematic for a lot of golfers. Both in terms

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of usually accompanied by a little bit more of kind of that role release and creating some crunch

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factor in the right side lower back. So making sure that when I get into that good follow-through

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position that I've got some crunch in the spine but nowhere near my maximum. So I like to say that

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if your maximum is let's say 60 degrees or something like that, Tor pros that impact are going

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to be somewhere in the 20 to 30 range and then when they reach their maximum, it will be somewhere

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around 40. They're not really going to approach their end range of motion for this side

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bend movement of the spine. The way they do that is by getting some of the tilt from the pelvis

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and some of the tilt from the spine and that ends up creating more of a look like so where I'm kind

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of sitting in my pelvis as opposed to this which would be sitting more in my lower back. So if you're

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struggling with getting some of this access tilt from too much spine side bend, use your thumb

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and index finger kind of do some homework where you can put in 10, 20, 30 repetitions at a time,

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just kind of really feeling this and as you put in more and more you'll get more comfortable

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getting into that movement. Once you're comfortable in that movement you can do whether it's transition,

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you could do pump drills or if it's through the release you can do nine to three siled drills. You can figure out why your body

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would be trying to avoid that movement is it because of contact and path or is it because I can't control my low point.

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That's the investigation part of this whole procedure but know that we don't want to create maximum spine

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men. We want some of that men coming from the pelvis and some of it coming from the spine and you can check that in a few key places

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using the low-hot thumb and pinky.

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