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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.