Stop Lunging Forward
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Use this drill to get a general awareness of the proper lower body movement toward the target and the upper body bracing away from the target as your arms extend past the ball.
Tags: Poor Contact, Not Enough Distance, Chicken Wing, Cast, Driver, Release, Drill, Intermediate
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It's really step and throw the arms forward.
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So this is a great drill that you can use practicing at home to work on some of the
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bracing concepts, some of the access to the concepts, or the upper body awareness, as it
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relates to the timing and the direction of the arms.
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So I'm actually going to put down the club and I'm going to show you two different versions
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One would be more of an iron version and one would be more of a driver version.
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The general drill is pretty simple.
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I'm going to start with my feet together and I'm going to take a step towards the target
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kind of like so.
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And then what I'm going to do is I'm going to throw my arms away from my body.
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So I'm going to use that body momentum or use kind of the stepping as the initiator of the
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sequence and then when I get into that left leg I'm going to throw my arms towards
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So it'll look something like this.
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Now the two different versions depend on what you're working on.
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If you're working on more of your wedge swing, your scoring clubs, what'll happen?
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It'll be a little shorter step.
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I'm going to throw more down and my upper body is going to drift slightly forward.
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So it'll go kind of like that.
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We're going to brace up or it'll post up and even let my upper body continue.
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Now if I'm doing this with the intention of more the driver swing or the three-wood swing,
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then what should happen is once I step into this front leg, that's it for my upper body
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going towards the target.
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I'm going to then start my upper body working away from my target even though my arms
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are going to extend towards the target.
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That'll create this interesting look with the leg but it's not something that I'm necessarily
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trying to do.
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What you'll see is that this leg is typically going to slide behind somewhere to the old
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Greg Norman, you know, slide that foot, slide the trail foot towards the lead foot.
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So you'll get that a little bit more reflexively just by trying to have your upper body
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So I'm trying to get some real kind of arm speed but I'm trying to make sure that when
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I'm done, once I've thrown my arms, I fall away from the target.
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That's what'll help create that really good access to between the delivery position and
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the follow-through position.
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If you struggle more with the three-wood, you struggle more with the driver, typically what
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will happen is when you go into your release, your upper body will be more forward and
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it'll continue going forward, which is more what we want to see with the iron.
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So once you have a general feel, once you have a feeling of that arm timing and direction,
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once I get into that left side, then you can take some swings doing the same thing.
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And you'll feel a little bit different relationship with what's going on with the club.
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This is a seven iron, so it'd actually be closer to that one there as opposed to the
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one where I'd really fall back, which would be for the longer club, like again, the
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three-wood or the driver.
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So if you're struggling with the connection between your upper body or your arm extension
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and the access tilt or your body pivot, this is a great little homework drill or body awareness
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drill to feel how those timings relate to each other.