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Presetting The Single Leg Jump - Start The Release With Your Legs

The trail leg provides most of the lateral movement while the lead leg provides most of the vertical. In this drill, learn the feeling of a dynamic lower body driven release. This movement is helpful for coordinating the wipe and the bracing and helps with overall consistency and timing.

Playlists: Pivot Drills, Train Your Release, Get More Distance

Tags: Not Enough Distance, Transition, Release, Drill, Intermediate

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This drill is preset the single legs squat.

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So a lot of the foot stuff and ground force reaction stuff has revealed that much of the

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vertical comes from the lead side, much of the lateral comes from the trail side.

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We've got videos to kind of help feel both the lateral happening from more of the trail.

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And I've got a couple of videos to help with the lead.

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But one of the classic drills that you can use that I'll show you how I prefer to do it.

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One of the drills for feeling the vertical of the left leg is kind of pre-setting that

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knee and hip flexion so that you have something to push off with.

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So the simple drill that a lot of instructors have used in the past is basically you're going

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to put one foot back.

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Now whether it's on the toe or on the foot, I prefer the toe but if your balance isn't too

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great, then you won't be able to put it quite as far back and you're going to have to keep

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a little bit more pressure on the ball of the foot.

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But then what we're going to do is here's my normal kind of golf posture but you'll see

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if I go up to the top of the swing, you can see that I load it dynamically in the down swing

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and get to about that amount of flex.

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All I'm going to do is I'm going to pre-set kind of that amount of flex.

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And then what I'm going to do is I can experiment with the timing of when I'm going to

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straighten that leg and potentially the advanced version of this is I can focus on the timing

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of when I actually load that leg.

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So I get into my setup position and then I'm going to straighten that leg and extend my

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arms kind of like so.

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So that can become a hitting drill, take my normal setup, move this foot back, pre-set that

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leg and then extend both the legs and the arms.

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Now there are three potential options as far as pushing through this leg.

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I had a great discussion with a guy named Mike with one of the new forced plate companies

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come out and I really liked the discussion.

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He was talking about a couple different patterns that he sees and I hadn't thought about

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that way but it might be helpful for some of you.

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So the three different ways that I can use this drill would be pre-setting.

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So load it at my setup and then extend it on the downswing.

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I could load it in the back swing and then release it in the downswing or I could stay

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at all and then have a little bit more dynamic where I drop and then load.

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I don't worry too much about kind of contact and ball flight.

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It's more about a feeling of kind of the timing of the leg push with the arm extension

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but you can try hitting golf balls in those three different timing mechanism.

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So the easiest, I'm going to get a little bit so if my normal is here I'm going to get a little

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bit further away.

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I'm going to preset that squat position of that leg and then I'm going to extend as my

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arms go into the release.

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So I'm basically extending the arms, extending the leg.

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The next one I'm going to dynamically try and load it during the back swing.

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So leg is fairly straight, I'm going to dynamically load it and then push.

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Now, when's a little less comfortable for me but for some of you it'll be feeling great.

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Now, the last one is the most comfortable for me in the full swing but in the drill it's

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a little challenging.

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So what I'm going to do here is I'm going to quickly kind of as I'm changing direction

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I'm going to drop into it and then pop back out.

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So I'm going to get the, getting the feeling, there it is.

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So I'm getting the feeling of basically loading it more during transition.

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So again a little bit further away than normal squat and then extend later and later.

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So you can play around with the timing of basically getting into that side and pushing

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through the vertical but pushing through the vertical can help create some of the rotation

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of the pelvis, can help coordinate the timing of the arms, really helps with the longer

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You wouldn't want to do this with your distance wedges but if you're struggling with

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especially the long irons, fairway woods, this can be really helpful in getting the lower

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body more active during the downswing during your release.

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