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Golfers used to believe that a draw was hit from rolling the forearms to cause faster face rotation during the moment of impact. With modern measurement, we've seen that this rationale is faulty. The draw is a result of a face that is closed to the path, which causes the ball to curve to right-to-left (for a right handed golfer). The idea of rolling your forearms does make sense from a standpoint of helping keep the path moving out to the right. See why in this video.
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This drill is rolling the forms to fix your slice.
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So rolling the forms to fix your slice is one of those things that has become trendy
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to say is kind of a stupid swing tip, right?
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The basically you don't want to roll the club face in order to hit a draw.
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We know that the draw is going to come from having the club face close to the path,
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not from the club face rotating.
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I'll buy into that.
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And a lot of golfers who have tried to roll the forms and up slicing worse so that rolling
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of the forms doesn't really create the draw.
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But a lot of good players have described this feeling of forearm rotation down at the bottom.
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So whenever there's a mismatch of good players describe it and instructors say it's stupid,
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we want to try to marry those and figure out what's going on.
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So what I want to help clarify is the difference between forearm rotation and shoulder rotation
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and why forearm rotation is very helpful for hitting a draw, for hitting any shot really.
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So if I'm facing the golf ball kind of like this and I get to this shaft parallel here
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in the downswing, there's two ways that I could square the club face.
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One would be using that motorcycle which hopefully I would have already done by here.
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And then I'd continue it and I'd allow that form to rotate.
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Now I stress that the forearm would rotate not necessarily the shoulder.
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When a lot of golfers try to rotate the forearm, they lack the ability to disassociate and
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so they end up rotating the whole shoulder.
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Once you get here, if you start rotating that whole shoulder, now that's going to tend
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to tumble everything in a steep fashion.
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If I get here and I just rotate my forearm, it doesn't prevent the club from coming from
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the inside and because of the forearm rotation, it's going to continue the club working
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away from me.
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So I'm going to hit it more down the descending part of the circle, which is going to move
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the path of the inferior to the right.
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So rolling the forearm may actually have more of an impact on the path of the club than
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the actual club face.
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And that's the important takeaway of why it does help create the draw is if you let that
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forearm rotate the way it naturally should, it'll help continue the club to work out
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away from you.
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On the trail side, what ends up happening is if you don't let that forearm rotate kind
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of like this and you go into more shoulder rotation, it has the same effect of the left arm
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going into external rotation.
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It will tend to get the club working steeply and you can see that pattern that I'm practicing
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right there has no chance of hitting a draw unless I early extended and control and time
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the low point just perfectly, which isn't a very sustainable model.
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So letting that forearm rotate, I like to at first do it without letting any shoulder motion
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happen so I'll grab onto the elbow and just let the forearm rotate over.
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That can be very helpful, more so for controlling the path than for controlling the face,
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but it does help with that draw pattern.
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And it's the main reason why having a little bit of a shallowing movement or having the clubs
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center mass or weight get underneath my hand path actually makes sense because then it gives
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me something that I can then supinate against more powerfully.
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So as a quick summary, this rolling of the forearm is going to have a bigger impact in
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the path of the club, not so much the squaring of the club face, the squaring of the club
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face is going to happen more from the motorcycle movement earlier in the swing.
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So whenever you hear an instructor basically say that something is terrible, but you hear
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a lot of good players describe it as something that they feel, investigative further, there's
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probably some misconnection in the dialogue and once you get that cleared up, it'll ultimately
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help you understand the mechanics of your swing even greater.
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If you're struggling trying to get the path to continue going out to the right so that
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you can draw the ball allowing more of that forearm rotation could be the missing piece
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that you're lacking and one of the main reasons why you still are battling with poles and
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