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Swing Analysis - Cameron Champ

Cameron Champ is already a PGA Tour winner and manages to generate a clubhead speed that is 5 MPH faster than any of his peers. In this analysis, we will look at how Cameron uses every part of the "kinetic chain" to maximize speed, along with a few tips that may apply to your own game, especially when it comes time to reach for a little extra distance. 

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in this analysis video we're gonna take

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a look at the swing of Cameron champ

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now Cameron chant is the young hot

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rookie who's leading the tour in driving

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distance and swinging the club faster by

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about five miles per hour

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then number two in club head speed so if

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there's anybody who's going to help us

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understand how to hit the ball further

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it's gonna be analyzing Cameron champ

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swing so in this video I'm gonna talk to

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you about how to use your whole body to

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hit the golf ball and what are one or

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two things that you can apply to your

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own game when you're trying to add a

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little bit of extra speed to your swing

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now when it comes to hitting the ball

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fart I commonly hear two things

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discussed with Cameron swing one is look

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at how open he gets at impact so

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basically he uses his body very well

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rotationally for creating speed and then

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to look at the amount of lag that he

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creates during the downswing and then

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how much leg he still has at impact well

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I'm gonna talk about a few other pieces

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and why the rotational movement may be

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helpful for consistency but it might not

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necessarily be all that critical when

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we're talking about actually creating

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speed because if those two things were

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really that critical for creating speed

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then we wouldn't have Joe Miller here

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who swings the club at 150 miles an hour

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so the fastest golfer on the planet

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right now demonstrating not getting open

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at impact and not creating a whole lot

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of lag or lean at impact so we're gonna

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talk about what does Cameron do that

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creates speed and how he applies it so

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that he can have a little bit more

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consistency than someone like Joe Miller

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but since this video is mostly about

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distance we want to talk about what are

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the things that Joe Miller and Cameron

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champ do similarly so that you can pick

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up one or two tips on how you can hit

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the ball further alright as we get back

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to Cameron let's talk about how to use

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your whole body to create speed because

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most of the time what I see is when

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golfers are on the lesson tee and

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they're trying I ask them hey let

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hit this one as hard as you can

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typically what they do is they try to

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max out what they're already using for

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speed so most golfers either just

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usually err their legs or just use their

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arms or just use their shoulders and

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core rarely do they use everything so as

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I blend back in fourth year you're gonna

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see some pretty dynamic movement

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happening from his hips as his legs work

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against the ground you're gonna see some

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pretty dynamic movement happening here

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in his core so when he goes to rotate

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his hips you'll notice that his his core

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and his spine and his lower ribcage is

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working with it

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it's not getting totally kind of

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disconnected or left behind you'll see

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that even more from the face on view

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where when he goes and starts pushing

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against the ground with that right foot

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you'll see that this part of his body is

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moving with it it's not getting totally

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disconnected sometimes I see golfers

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when they try to use their legs for

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power their core is pretty much relaxed

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and you'll almost see their upper body

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not move at all as a result of them

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moving their lower body and that creates

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some potential contact problems but it

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also Rob's the ability for creating

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power and it can lead towards injuries

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so it's move that we want to try to

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avoid if we can Cameron does a great job

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of using his legs and his core and what

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appears to be kind of pulling a little

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bit with the shoulders but delaying when

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his arms and wrists are really applying

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a lot of speed to the club you'll see

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that sequencing wise he gets the club

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down almost until shaft parallel

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somewhere around here before he starts

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using his arms in his hands or his hands

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and his wrists to transfer all that

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speed he describes that feeling of using

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mostly the body and then mostly the core

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and then the shoulders as kind of this

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catapult move so that he feels this

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really tremendous whip of the club

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through impact

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that's how he's able to create this

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speed while looking like he's not

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swinging very hard but while he doesn't

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look like he's swinging hard you'll see

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his lower body has a fair amount of

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rotation early and then it has a fair

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amount of vertical push late you'll see

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from right around here that left leg

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really pushed and he's pushing hard

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enough so that his left foot is actually

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coming up off the ground so turning the

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hips early and then straightening the

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legs late are two indications that he's

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using his legs for power if you look up

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Joe Miller swing who I talked about he

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won't rotate his hips quite as much but

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he'll really use that vertical force

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late and using the legs even vertically

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helps create more speed in the handle

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and ultimately into the club head when

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it comes to the core we can see that he

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looks like he's rotating his upper body

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through there but he's rotating his

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upper body without lunging forward so

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without having the head really drift

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forward a lot of golfers who I see who

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use their upper upper body and upper

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core to create speed will tend to have

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more of a forward lunge where they're

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not really using their lower body and

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they're creating this pull on the club

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with the upper body but it puts them in

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a position where they can't use their

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legs and they can't use their arms very

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well then one of the keys is that the

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arms get involved late for power but

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they still get involved for power so

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he's probably starting to apply what

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feels like arm motion right around in

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here but it was soft enough early on so

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that there was an increased stretch for

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creating this look of leg now I want one

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of my common messages is this look of

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lag doesn't come from holding the wrist

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angle as in radial deviation or hinging

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your wrist it comes more from creating

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an extension of that trail wrist as well

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as what's happening with the external

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rotation of the trail shoulder or

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basically getting the elbow more in

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front you see that as a common move or

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power move for really good drivers the

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golf ball-like brooks cap

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in Dustin Johnson but you'll see that

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when he gets down here so he's used his

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lower body in court to get the club down

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to about here and then you'll see the

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arms really transfer that power through

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impact with a really powerful push from

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the leg and what I consider or what I

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call on our website and in our program a

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bracing move and that bracing move helps

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whip the club head through giving a

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little bit more club head speed so now

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watching Cameron champ again we've got

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the lower body the core and the upper

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body now he's creating 130 mile an hour

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club head speed but you'll see that his

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upper body and kind of his the height of

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his chest compared to the ground stays

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pretty consistent through throughout the

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swing so when he gets vertical and

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pushing with the body he does what I

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discuss on the site as kind of

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calibrating his spine rotation so that

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that doesn't cause his upper body to

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move up off the ball Joe Miller on the

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other hand has a fair amount of upper

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body movement especially if you were to

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compare it to set up so he might not be

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quite as consistent but and he may may

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use more force vertically instead of

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rotationally so as a result he gets a

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little bit more arm extension at impact

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than someone like Cameron champ but

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you'll see there's some of the lower

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body movement and then he really goes

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vertical there with his lower body and

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you'll see when his hips are moving his

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core is moving but again his core is

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moving more vertically so he's getting

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into a really pronounced crunch pattern

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to use his core or his trunk and then

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you'll see his arm extension through the

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ball just like so so while these two

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golfers appear to be in totally

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different positions and they really are

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they're gonna have different consistency

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patterns and ball flight patterns the

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way that they're creating speed by using

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their whole body is something that you

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can apply to your own game so if you

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tend to swing mostly with your arms then

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if you want to add a little bit more

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speed

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don't try to swing harder with your arms

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try to figure out how to get your lower

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body more involved if you tend to kind

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of chicken wing and and really have a

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lot of arm tension down at the bottom

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and you use mostly your legs and your

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body for power then don't try to swing

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harder with your legs try to learn how

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to develop a more efficient release so

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that you can create more speed with the

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arms and transfer more of that speed

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with your arms so whichever part of your

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body you're not using for power that's

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what you want to learn to use if you

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want to increase your club bat speed now

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if you're not sure how to do that then

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head over to golf smart academy.com

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