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Shaft Resisted Rotation Training

This is a great drill for golfers who need to improve the rotational qualities of their swing. Depending on how we orient the club, we can train resisted/assisted patterns for both the backswing and downswing. This can be helpful for golfers who struggle with making a centered pivot and have a tendency to sway off the ball early in the take-away. On the other side, if you struggle with getting your hips open at impact and/or overdo the linear movement of the "Jackson 5", this can also help you re-calibrate. Overall, we want to use this drill to make sure that our lower body is engaged and that our feet are working effectively with the ground throughout the swing. 

Playlists: Stop Lunging Forward, Stop Moving Off The Ball (Sway)

Tags: Sway, Impact, Backswing, Drill, Intermediate

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This really is shaft-resisted rotation training.

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So what we're going to do is we're going to work on the lower body rotation in our

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golf swing.

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This could either be emphasized in the backswing for golfers to tend to sway off the ball or

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have very little rotation kind of like this.

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Or we can use it for the downswing for golfers to tend to get very square to the target

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line or have more of a slide.

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Maybe they overdo the Jackson 5 and they don't have quite enough rotation on the way

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So what we're going to do is take the golf club and place it behind one of your legs.

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So in this particular case, I'm going to be helping myself to rotate in the backswing

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and I'm going to be resisting myself rotating in the downswing.

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If I have it going the other way, I'm going to resist myself turning in the backswing

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but I'm going to help myself rotate in the downswing.

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The one that I tend to use most often is where the grip is in the right hand.

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Because this provides a little bit more resistance into the downswing direction

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and a little more just help in the backswing direction.

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It also allows me to keep my left hand out in front of my chest.

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So now what I'm going to do is I'm going to make a backswing where I'm going to feel like this

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basically rotate here.

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If you have a tendency to keep this leg too straight too long, you have a tendency to slide off the ball

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or sway off the ball, you'll see that the shaft still stays square to the target line

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instead of rotating around the golf ball.

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So I'm going to rotate just like so.

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If I'm not used to that position, I can take the club and now set where I would be at the top of the swing

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kind of something like that.

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Next version.

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I'm going to do the downswing version.

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So I'm going to make a backswing and then I'm going to try and get by the time my left arm is facing the golf ball.

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I'm going to try to get this pointing almost out towards the camera.

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So I'm going to try to get this twist just like so.

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And as long as I've gotten over my left and my upper body is more on top of the golf ball,

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I've probably done the Jackson 5.

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For some golfers, you may have to, if you have a tendency to really spin with that upper body going forward,

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you may have to set up a head awareness pool noodle to make sure that you're not lunging with the upper body to turn

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instead that you're doing that turn more with the lower body.

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This helps.

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These two different directions can help get you a little bit more centered over the ball if you have a really real tendency to kind of get too much

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a lateral movement from your lower body or if you have a tendency to get no movement from your lower body.

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Once you have a feel, you can apply it to some nine to three or you can take it up into full swings.

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So any of those progressions will work well.

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This feel just kind of or this drill emphasizes the feel of the lower body rotating while staying more centered.

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