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Swing Analysis - Collin Morikawa - Transition

2 Keys to Collin Morikawa's elite ball-striking are his transition sequence and his arm shallow. See the breakdown in this analysis video.

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In this analysis video, we're going to take a look at the swing of Colin Mori Kawa.

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So Colin is one of the young guys on tour who's already won and he's doing so well

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because of his elite level ball striking.

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He's actually losing strokes to the field in terms of putting, but he's doing exceptionally

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well in terms of his ball striking both approach and the green as well as off the T.

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And he's one of the leaders in terms of EGLE's made.

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So we're going to take a look at his swing from the context of why it makes him such a good

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long iron player and we'll talk about two things that you can apply to your own game

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if long irons are one of the areas that you're hoping to improve.

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So we're going to look at his swing from a few different angles and we're going to focus on two main

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components that will help you with your long iron game.

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One is looking at and visualizing the sequence of his body during transition.

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So how he uses his lower body and his core to power swing more so than his arms.

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And then two, we're going to look at the arm shallowing or the path of his arms in transition.

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But first let's take a look at the sequencing.

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So this one over here on the left has a great camera angle for looking at sequencing.

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We're going to look at a couple different pieces.

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So as he starts down, I want you to watch how his lower body starts to rotate before his

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upper body starts coming down.

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And one area that you've never might not have looked at before is I want you to look at his left shoulder and left shoulder blade.

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So right around here is his spine and his shoulder blade is some distance away from that at the top of the swing.

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Now what we'll see is as he starts down that shoulder blade actually gets pulled further away from his spine.

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So if he was using the big muscles in his upper back, he would probably pull that shoulder blade in closer to the spine.

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And that would cause him to look like his upper body was firing a little bit harder in transition.

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But instead if we scrub back and forth like this, you'll see that there's movement of his ribs going this way.

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There's movement of his hips rotating.

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There's movement of his legs, but as he starts down that shoulder blade doesn't really go with it.

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So he's creating a bunch of speed through his legs and through his core and transferring that speed through the shoulder blade into his hands.

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But he's not really generating a whole lot of pull or speed with his upper body and his arms.

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From this video over on the right, we're zoomed in on his upper body.

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You'll see that as he starts down, there's that lower body leading very nicely.

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From this view, I want you to take a look at his left arm.

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And you'll notice that while his left arm is a little bit bent at the top of the swing, it basically maintains a lot of that same bend as he starts down.

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So if he was to really pull with his upper body, if he was going to pull with his triceps or if he was going to pull with the lats, he would typically straighten that arm.

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Much earlier, but we know that since the shoulder blades not moving and that elbow isn't straightening very early in the downswing, he's not using a lot of the major power generating muscle groups in that left shoulder.

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So if you feel like you're swinging mostly with your arms and shoulders, that might be one of the reasons why you're struggling with your long irons.

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But it might not be the only reason. So in the next couple of clips, let's take a look at the arm shallowing component.

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Okay, so we have two swings where we can look at the arm shallowing component.

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I really like the swing over here on the left because the shirt gives us a good horizontal line across his chest or perpendicular to his spine.

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Now what you'll see is on the way in the backswing, the club, compared to that shirt line, is at an angle, let's say somewhere around 30 degrees,

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it's definitely more vertical than the line on a shirt. But as he starts down, you'll see compared to the line on his shirt.

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Now the back of his hand is basically perpendicular to that, or his elbow is pointing basically in the same direction as it.

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So those are two ways that you can look at how the left arm tends to get into the shallow position.

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And then the right arm would just mirror it. So that right palm is facing basically up towards the sky instead of already pointing straight up and down.

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And that right elbow is pointing more down towards the ground instead of pointing behind.

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Over on the right here, we're going to see that same thing. So as he starts with his lower body, you'll see that the club gets into that nice similar looking position where it's basically perpendicular to his spine.

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The hand is pointing parallel to his spine, just like that.

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And the left elbow is pointing out away from him. So this is that really good arm shallowing that can only happen if you're not being really active with your arms in the back of your chest.

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And then you're going to be able to move your arms in your arms in transition.

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Okay, now I want you to experience that position. So what you're going to do is take your hands placed in the front of you and put your hands together just like this. Now what we're going to do is we're going to match the arm position, the columns demonstrating here in transition.

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So now we're going to rotate our left arm or lead arm if you're right hand a golfer.

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The back of your hand is pointing up and your elbow is pointing towards the target. Your right hand is going to match it. So that right elbow is going to be pointing down and the back of the right hand is going to be facing the ground just like this.

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Now to make it a little bit more accurate, we're going to put it more in front of the right shoulder rather than in front of your chest kind of like this.

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Now what I want you to do is you're going to close your eyes in this position. And if you want to, you can take your golf grip, but you're going to keep your arms in this position.

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I just want you to ask yourself how do your arms feel compared to the middle of your downswing. Okay, open your eyes. If you're like most people what you're going to say is you'll feel a lot more normal or comfortable.

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If you turn this left arm so that it's pointing down and the left arm thumb up or close the thumb up. And now that right elbow is pointing behind you and the right palm is facing towards the target kind of like this.

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So just go back and forth a couple times between the shallow column position or the more vertical maybe more comfortable position.

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And now what I want you to do is stop when you're in this shallow position. And I want you to just kind of imagine what you would have to do in transition in order to get into that position during the downswing.

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And you probably start to feel that the energy is going to work more or round you, which supports what he's doing with his lower body and his core.

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So what Colin is demonstrating here is that good combination of shallow arms and a body powered swing that tends to produce a really flat bottom of the swing, which tends to create more of a consistent contact.

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As long as you have a club face that's matching the path, you'll typically become a really good long iron play with those two characteristics in your swing.

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