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Raise Your Arms to Shallow

Golfers will sometimes have a hard time improving their transition through wrist training alone. In these cases, I will often have students "key" into the movements of the upper arms instead and use the addition of a visual training aid such as the "shark fin". Ultimately, I will want them to focus on what the arms are doing as the lower body and torso begin to rotate towards the target in transition. If the arms are moving properly, players should feel as if they are raising the club or at the very least, resisting the tendency to pull down with the arms. Players who are prone to getting steep in transition will typically pull with the arms and then try to compensate with an inefficient and late shallowing pattern such as "early extension". If this feeling of raising the arms in transition feels weak to you, it probably means that you are powering your swing with the upper-body and may need to spend some time in the gym on your hips and core. Overall, this drill is an excellent go-to for when you are having a hard time learning how to effectively and consistenly shallow the golf club.

Tags: Poor Contact, Not Straight Enough, Early Extension, Transition, Drill, Intermediate

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This video is raised your arms to shallow.

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So, shallowing in transition is one of those key movements to having a more body centered

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swing and it's one of the movements that many amateurs circle with.

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They tend to have a look of pulling the arms down and kind of steepening the club like

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And then there's a whole host of consistency problems that can result from being too steep

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their in transition.

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So, what I'm going to show you with my little shark spin tool is a way for you to

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visualize and potentially train the arm staying a little bit taller up in transition

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and what I mean by that.

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So I'm going to, I'm more sure that's got a vertical stripe so that you'll be able

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to visualize it but I'm going to use the shark spin little training tool that I use sometimes

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for creating a stronger visual.

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So now I've got basically a reference at about the bottom of my ribcage or it's a, you

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know, about nipple level.

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So what I'll see on 3D is when you get to the top of the swing, golfers who tend to shallow

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the club during transition actually go like this.

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So as they start down, that left arm is actually raising up compared to their upper body.

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It's not pulling down right away.

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So what ends up happening is they get up to the top of the swing and as they start down

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because of that left crunch and regaining that flex and turning, if the arms stay up

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compared to that or if the arms don't really change compared to that then by definition

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that arm will actually be coming up.

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So what you'll see is up to the top they're basically going to keep those hands up above

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that chest level for a long period of time and get most of the down component through

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the body movements.

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You get steep in transition then what typically happens is you're pulling your arms down

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which is creating more of the steep movements in the arms and then you have to stand up

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or hold your rotation back, creating the shallow movements in the body.

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So if you're working on shallowing and you're just not quite getting it through the risk

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movements then thinking about this arm coming up or what I've had some guys try and feel

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is almost like you're trying to kiss your bicep as a way to basically keep that arm up

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all the way down until you get to delivery position and then you can start

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lowering the arm as you go into more of the release movements.

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So if you're struggling with your transition showing move hopefully this little visual

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here of the shark spin helps give you a visual of what the arms need to do.

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If you feel that when you hold your arm up you can't create power then it probably means

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that you're creating more of your power with a vertical pull and not enough power

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using your hips in your core in order to shallow effectively.

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So that might be a good little side project to work on your hip strength and flexibility

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work on your core activation so that then your transition move can be powered more with

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your body less with your arms creating that more shallow path that hopefully sets you

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up into a good delivery position so that you can just turn through and extend your arms

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and consistently make a solid strike.

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