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Swing Analysis - Gary Player Old and Young

Gary Player has a timeless swing. He's won 165 tournaments including all the majors on the regular and champions tour. Find out how his swing evolved in this analysis video.

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in this analysis video we're going to

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take a look at the evolution of the

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swing of Gary player

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now Gary player has a hundred and sixty

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five wins worldwide and has victories in

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28 consecutive years

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that's a truly monumental feat if you

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think about it and perfect evidence why

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he's one of the best examples of how to

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carry yourself and how to have your

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swing aged gracefully

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he is the only winner of the grand slam

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on both the regular and the Champions

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Tour and he made the cut at the Masters

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Tournament at the age of 62

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so he's shown that he can play great

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golf into his later years I'm going to

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show you how his swing has changed from

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his prime until into his 60s and 70s so

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over on the right we have Gary hitting

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one of the ceremonial tee shots at the

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Masters and then over on the left we

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have him roughly thirty years younger

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now interestingly we've got about the

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same camera angle and similar style

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shoes so if we go up to the top of the

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swings from this kind of unique

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perspective we'll be able to see a

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couple little differences but we'll be

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able to see especially on the way

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through that a lot of things have

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remained the same so with a with a

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somewhat similar camera angle we can see

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that his hands are much lower and

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flatter and more around his body than

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when he was back in his prime that could

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be due to some loss of range motion of

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the shoulders it could be due to a

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changing swing philosophy but we can see

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that he hasn't made quite as much upper

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body turn which will be easier to see

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from the face on view but we can see

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that difference in arm height very

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clearly now in the swing over here on

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the left we'll see a very good look at

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his bracing strategy and you can see

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that that left arm stays pretty straight

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and he uses a lot of body rotation to

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kind of take the club from impact into

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his follow-through over here on the

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right it's a little tricky to see with

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the blur of the club but we can see a

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little bit more of the speed being

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absorbed into his shoulders because he's

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not quite as able to

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use his his lower body in his core as

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well as he did when he was thirty but we

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can see the overall pattern remains

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about the same comparing that to say a

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Jack Nicklaus or an Arnold Palmer you

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can see that his commitment to fitness

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has allowed his body to continue to make

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the swing movements that he's ingrained

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and that enable him to have success well

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into his twilight years

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so Gary Player has one of the most

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famous triggers in all of golf you'll

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see over here on the left his famous

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knee kind of kicking in towards the

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center before he has his pressure shift

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during his takeaway now we'll see as he

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in his younger years he had a very he

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did a great job of kind of staying

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centered even though he used kind of

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this full hip turn full shoulder turn

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got the club actually well past parallel

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with this full range of motion now over

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here on the right I'm gonna see that

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same trigger but and we're also going to

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see some evidence of some ribcage

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stiffness so you'll see that he's not

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able to extend through the spine as well

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as he could when he was around 30 and

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you you'll see that he's not able to

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have quite as much side Bend so as a

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result when we look at his takeaway you

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can see that his upper body tends to

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move a little bit more off the ball that

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can be a little bit more less consistent

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but it can also create a little bit more

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speed if you're more of a shoulder

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puller on the club so perhaps his power

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sources have changed as he's gotten

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older but at the very least his range of

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motion has changed which is going to

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upset were disrupt the steep and shallow

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blend so we'll look from down the line

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and we'll see exactly what changes he

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had to make in order to still hit a

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quality golf shot with this different

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range of motion so over here on the

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right we're going to see a decreased

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ability to create arm lifts with the

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shoulders over here on the left he's

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going to

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more shoulder turn and you'll see that

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his arm elevation and arm height is

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going to be much more exaggerated

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compared to over here on the right over

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here on the right you can see his arms

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are working much more around and across

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his body now body rotation and side Bend

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both helps shallow out the club by

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creating depth of the hands now if you

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lose some of that range of motion you

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can benefit from having your arms work

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in a little bit flatter position so when

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he starts coming down we can see that he

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hits a pretty good looking delivery

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position where the club would be roughly

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just inside the hands allowing allowing

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him to come into the golf ball on a nice

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shallow path with this vertical arm

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movement you'll see that he's able to

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achieve kind of a similar delivery

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position alignment but over here on the

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right he's able to do so by taking

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advantage of more side Bend especially

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through the spine this will become more

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apparent on the way through when we look

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at the tilt of his shoulders compared to

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the tilt of his pelvis over here on the

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right because he doesn't have quite as

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much side Bend ability which is natural

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as you get older roughly around the age

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of 65 or so you're going to lose about a

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third of the total range of side bending

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compared to when you're around 30 so you

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can see that the spine is in a much more

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neutral position a lot less side bending

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as a result that tends to steep in the

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path of the club so he works his arms in

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more of a shallow path working more

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around his body

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but he's still able to control the

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geometry to club create a really good

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path into the ball with a nice flat spot

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allowing him to perform pretty

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consistently even with this changing

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movement so you can see that as his

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swing of vault he adjusted the top of

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the swing position to match what his

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range of motion would allow him to do so

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that he could get the club to ultimately

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do what he wants so

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even though he had different looking top

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of the swing positions in these two

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different swings you will see that he

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has very similar sequencing so you can

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see him replanting that left field left

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heel and getting his lower body to

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initiate the early part of the downswing

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and you can see the timing of in the

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direction of when that trail arms

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readings so he's pretty much at impact

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and you can see that that right arm

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hasn't fully straightened and it's not

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until through the shot

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that you see that right arm

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straightening while he's not able to

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have the same amount of range of motion

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you'll see that he'll planting lower

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body rotating right arm kind of staying

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more up against this side and then that

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same timing of the arm extension on the

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way through so he's kept the same

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triggers and he's kept the same

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sequencing but with the changing with

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the change of his body he's had to adapt

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his steep and shallow balance in order

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to accomplish the rules of ball flight

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the rules of the geometry of the shot so

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whether it's injury or age as your body

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changes you'll have to make changes to

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your swing as well and hopefully seeing

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how Gary player did it will give you

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some ideas of ways that you can adapt

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your steep and shallow balance next

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let's take a look at the Gary Player

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walk through now Gary Player is famous

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for the walk through shot where

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basically he would talk about his

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continuing his upper body and really

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getting that right side to fire through

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now I've had golfers who have tried to

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incorporate that and tend to get that

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upper body getting very steep so one

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thing you should notice is he never did

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that walk through with the driver or

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this really long clubs it was always

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kind of a shorter or scoring Club motto

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for him and if you take a look through

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tube racing position so if we look

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through until that club is about

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parallel to the ground you'll see that

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his upper body is bracing nicely and

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it's not really until past this position

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that he then just lets his upper body go

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through

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potentially to take some of the stress

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off of the hip potentially to have a

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feeling of the upper body continuing to

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rotate through but what ends up

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happening is a lot of golfers who try to

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emanate the walking through they'd have

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their hips further back in their upper

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body going forward which is going to

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cause more of a steep angle of attack

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which can tend to cause some contact

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problems or poor bracing mechanics so

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understand that even if you're doing

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that little walk through a movement you

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want to make sure that your upper body

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stays behind your lower body with most

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of the full shots and then it's only

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after you get into that full good

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extension position that you would let

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your upper body rotate through so if

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you're not sure of your steep shallow

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balance or you just want to learn more

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