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This visual drill helps you visualize the relationship between the hands and the pelvis. Many amatuer golfers start using their arms as the dominant mover too soon in the golf swing. This tends to cause the body to stall and makes it hard to get good extension on the way through. Using the image of the hands staying parallel to the pelvis can help improve the timing and position of a solid impact position.
Tags: Impact, Drill, Intermediate
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The drill is pelvis to hands at impact.
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So I try to give you many different ways to kind of feel or visualize or kind of experience
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the different movements of the golf swing.
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Well getting a good impact position is one of the faster ways to improve consistency
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And one of the images that I've used with a number of players is the relationship of the
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hands to the pelvis.
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Now I talk a lot about the relationship of the hands to the chest.
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The more that your body is rotated, the more that you can have shaft lean and the more
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that you can motor cycle or the less that your body is rotated, the more you're going
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to tend to have a tendency to flip or scoot.
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Well, it kind of relates to that but gives you a different area to visualize.
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So we're going to use my belt buckle here and if my hands are facing the camera and the
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belt buckle is facing the camera, I'm going to call this perpendicular because my belt
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buckle is kind of like this and my the club is like that.
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Where if I have my hands like so I would say that they're now parallel.
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You can see the shaft of the club and where my hips or my belt buckle are pointing are
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Well at impact we know that your forms are going to be slightly closed compared to the golf
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ball or from the down the line you would tend to still be able to see just a slight amount
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of that left arm.
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But the pelvis is going to be somewhere around 40 degrees, 45 degrees open.
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So what that means is that compared to my pelvis, my hands are going to be more like this
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So using that as an image can really help a lot of players.
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So basically what I'll have them do is we'll go to about waist height and I'll say, okay,
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right now, your hands are parallel to your belt buckle.
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Can you find a way to make contact where your hands stay parallel to the belt buckle
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or are they going to have to release to be more perpendicular?
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So hands getting parallel to the belt buckle and then basically staying there until I come
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through and make contact.
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For a lot of players this is going to feel like I've rotated a ton like my belt buckle
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is almost facing the target as I make contact with it or that I'm hitting it and kind
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of powering it with my lower body.
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Now the really important thing when you're doing this is that you're not just spinning your
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hips but that I'm pushing through the ground and I'm kind of connecting this movement
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to how I'm pulling on the club or how I'm speeding up the club.
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So what I'll frequently do is I'll have the player get in there and I'll come and
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I'll grab the grip and I'll say, okay, now try to get your hips facing the target but
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can you feel that all the way through the leg and all the way through the feet?
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So I'm not just kind of spinning on top of the ground.
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So you can do either nine to three and then once you have kind of that feeling, you can
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try and take four swings where that pelvis is getting open well before the arms end up
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It's a visual alignment drill but it really helps with the sequencing and the timing of
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when those arms extend, similar to kind of the leave the arms behind your drill.
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So let's take a quick look from the down the line and point out one little thing.
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So from the down the line, if my hands are going to be more parallel to my belt buckle
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as I come through kind of like so then that means that at waist height because my hips
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are continuing to lead they're actually going to be slightly more than parallel as opposed
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to more perpendicular.
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If I don't get a ton of rotation then I'm going to tend to have this get perpendicular
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very quickly and it'll just kind of come through more like that.
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So if you're struggling with getting your body a little bit more open or getting more of
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a kind of toward looking impact position and getting that really good arm extension on
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the way through, try this one where you're going to get your hands feeling like they're
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following or like they're parallel to your belt buckle all the way through impact.
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That'll help you delay the time of the arms getting a better body impact position ultimately
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get more arm extension and hopefully improve your consistency of contact.