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Swing Analysis - Charley Hoffman - Slow Motion Swing Analysis

Charley Hoffman got his fourth win this week. See what he does to manage steep arms in transition and how you could apply some of his release techniques to get a similar quality impact position.

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in this analysis video we're going to

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take a look at this week's winner

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Charlie Hoffman now Charlie Rock Hoffman

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has won over 20 million dollars and this

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is his fourth win in about ten years on

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tour we're going to see what we can

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learn from his golf swing and how you

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can apply what he does it impact to help

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you straighten out your drives and iron

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consistency now Charlie Hoffman is a

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great example for a lot of golfers who

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struggle with steep arms Charlie does

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have a little bit more of a steep arm

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pattern and while he's not one of the

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most elite ball strikers he does have

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enough good rounds to really get it done

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out there four wins and again over

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twenty million dollars in about ten

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years he's doing a lot of things that

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work pretty well so we're gonna discuss

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what he does in his golf swing and what

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you can learn from it

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to apply it to your own pattern

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especially if you have steep arms so now

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if we look at the backswing this is

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obviously not a perfect camera angle

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he's definitely not playing the ball

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that far back with his driver but you'll

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see the arms stay relatively straight as

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he completes a little bit more of a

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one-piece takeaway or a body driven

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backswing and you'll see from the

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downline view is one of the few golfers

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that tends to have a little bit more of

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this flat shoulder plane from the face

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on view you can see that his shoulders

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are pointing a little bit more you know

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higher above the golf ball not down kind

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of at the golf ball in that zone and so

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that gives the appearance that his arms

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are extremely flat his arms compared to

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your shoulders are slightly flat but

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they get exaggerated and look very flat

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because of the angle of a shoulder tilt

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that he has at the top of his swing so

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he's already shallowed with his body by

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using some of this a loss of posture or

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increased or decreased shoulder tilt as

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he goes to the top of the swing but what

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we'll see is as he starts down he can he

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stands up or moves a little bit away

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from the golf ball so if I draw a line

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there you can see that his upper body

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works away from the golf ball and his

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lower body works towards the golf ball

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but you'll see he gets you know shaft

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starting to work on plane or

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closer to plane or whatever you want to

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call it basically what we'll see is that

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while his arms work in a little bit more

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of a vertical fashion compared to his

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body through there we'll see that he

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balances that with his with his body

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starting to go into this shallow kind of

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early extension pattern now what he does

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really well is because he doesn't he's

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not pulling aggressively with his arms

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he's not swinging super hard as he goes

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into this shallow pattern he's able to

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redirect it or stop that shallow pattern

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once he gets into this delivery position

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so now if you were to kind of relook at

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these lines even though he had momentum

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going away from the golf ball and

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standing up you'll see that now he's

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going to start really pouring it on with

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his body and you'll see that that

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rotation kind of keeps him in in his

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body positions pretty well in fact what

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you'll what you'll see is that through

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the golf ball if you were to look at the

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path of his hands you'll see that he

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does a great job of having them exit

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left so that he can have some of this

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shallow angle of attack most golfers who

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most amateur golfers who get into this

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kind of early extension pattern would

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tend to have the arms work down and the

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hands would be working well out to the

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right through impact and that would tend

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to cause some of the big blocks and

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overhook patterns but Charlie does a

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great job of really weighting not

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overpowering it with his arms and then

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using body rotation through the release

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in order to get a very good hand path

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from the face on view we know that he's

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standing up and getting away from us

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through there and then we'll see once he

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gets to right about here we'll see that

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body stabilized pore on and kind of

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rotate and from the face on view one of

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the things that I want you to be able to

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pay attention to is when his arms kind

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of catch up with his sternum so you'll

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see with a lot of Tour Pros and really

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good ball strikers that their arms will

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get into this extended position roughly

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when they're out in front of the chest

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now most amateurs are going to have

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their

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chess pointed closer to the golf ball

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when the hands get out in front of them

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and so then you'll see the arms Bend as

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they pass because Charlie does such a

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good job of turning his upper body

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through the release basically from here

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all the way through there if you look at

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kind of where his shirt buttons are

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pointed and you imagine that there was a

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light shining you'll see that he turns

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his upper body really well through the

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release so his arms don't catch up with

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his sternum until very late in the

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follow-through

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and then it's not until after his arms

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passed that his arms start to bend now a

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lot of golfers try to get their

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shoulders perfectly square at impact

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from this face on view you'll see that

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his chest is well open compared to the

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golf ball we're pointing much further

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down the target line here we have a mitt

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impact and you can see that his chest

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would be pointing kind of somewhere out

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in that zone along that line roughly I

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say 30 or 40 degrees out in front of the

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target line now even though he's done

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that and yes his left shoulder is open

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compared to the target line you can see

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that his forearms are coming in on a

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good path so that the club is still

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swinging from the inside so a lot of

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amateur golfers who get steep with their

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arms and don't shallow it out during

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transition when if they were to rotate

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then the forearms would tend to be

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pointing way to the left and the whole

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overall movement of the club would be

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very steep through impact so Charlie

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shows the great combination that we're

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looking for of getting the body well

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open at impact while having the club

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still come slightly from the inside so

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if you are trying to get your body more

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open at impact to kind of replicate what

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Charlie and a lot of these good golfers

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do what you may find is if you start

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hitting the ball well off to the right

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when you get open and impact or if you

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find that you start hitting it thin then

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it means that what you're doing with

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your arms and your hands doing the

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during the release is preventing you

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from getting your body open at impact so

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you have to complement what you're doing

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with your body

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with what you're doing with your release

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and if you find that you hit a lot of

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straight shots with a body that's square

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then just trying to get your body open

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is usually going to make you hit it

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worse but as Charlie's demonstrating

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getting your body rotated side Bend and

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going into extension so that the chest

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is pointing well out in front of the

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golf ball at impact helps delay the

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timing of the arms and gives you a

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little bit more consistency so if you're

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trying to create that body position that

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Charlie demonstrates impact you're going

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to have to work on how you square the

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club face during the release if you want

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to learn more about the release we have

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a whole section of 20-plus drills on how

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the arms and the hands work how the body

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works and how the club should work from

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about waist height to waist height if

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you're interested in checking out those

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