Understand Your Swing Plane/Path
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Many golfers struggle with an outside path and an open face. This single drill allows you to slow down impact and virtually guarantee an in-to-out-path with a closed club face. While it's a small version of a full swing, it does give you a sense
Tags: Not Straight Enough, Not Enough Distance, Chicken Wing, Cast, Draw vs Fade, Driver, Fairway Wood, Impact, Follow Through, Release, Drill, Beginner
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The story is training a draw path with an impact bag.
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So those of you who've followed the site and followed my teaching know that I'm not really
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a big fan of using an impact bag, training for impact, right?
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The way that they're designed.
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But I do like to use impact bags in a couple different unconventional ways.
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So what I'm going to show you is how I like to use the impact bag to help you with a getting
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an outward path or a right word path for right hand golfers.
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So what we're going to do with the impact bag is we're going to position it outside the
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golf ball kind of like that.
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Now what many golfers, whether they know it or not, what many golfers intuitively believe
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is that in order to hit a draw when they're demonstrating it, they tend to exaggerate
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the face rotating through kind of like this.
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And we know that the amount of rotation that's not what causes the draw, it's the face
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angle compared to the path.
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So this is a good way to focus on both of those.
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Here's what you're going to try to do.
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If I do this facing you, in order to hit a draw, I want you to visualize that the face
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is close to the path.
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And so it's just going to travel through space like this.
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So if there was a golf ball right here, it's traveling more like this.
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It's not that it's coming just slightly inside and rotating close like that.
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So in order to get that feeling, what I'm going to do is I'm going to set up with this
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impact bag roughly out in front of my left foot.
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And now what I'm going to do is I'm going to get that club face so that it's pointing
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roughly at the target back here.
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And I'm going to extend the toe of the club out into the impact bag like this.
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And now it's a little tricky to do this and actually make contact with the golf ball.
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So usually what I'll do is get that look there in slow motion.
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It's coming through kind of like that.
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And then in slow motion, I'm trying to hit that impact bag.
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Now this is going to exaggerate that end out move.
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But when you start to add speed, it's going to usually result in a slight draw for golfers
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who are used to hitting more of a slice.
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If you're already struggled with hooking the ball, this probably isn't the best drill for
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So we'll bring that so it's just slightly outside the ball kind of like so.
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And then we'll do a little 9 to 3 where I'm basically trying to make contact with that
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and you saw once I add some body rotation, I actually missed the bag, which is easier to
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do than you would think.
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So again, we'll get that just outside kind of like that.
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Get a couple of rehearsals and I want to make sure that I'm not getting the arms too far
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So I'm still kind of in this position, you know, good delivery position and then I'm
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trying to basically close the face early.
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So it's close there and then I'm just trying to stick that toe into the bag like so.
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Yeah, just like that.
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Now time I hit the alignment route.
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So you can use the impact bag in a number of creative ways to give your brain a reference
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of hitting something.
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But I'm not a huge fan of hitting and bracing to look at impact position because it neglects
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a bunch of the skills that I think are good when you're training impact position.
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But I do like it for working on this right word exaggerated path and especially feeling
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that clubclosed with a lack of rotation through that release.
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That combination when you take it to a full swing is likely to produce a slight right to left
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