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Swing Analysis - Jordan Spieth - Release Concepts

Playlists: Swing Analysis Videos, Train Your Release

Tags: Release, Analysis, Intermediate

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in this analysis video we're going to

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take a look at the swing of a Jordan

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speith specifically we're going to take

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a look at Jordan Spieth's for release

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and what he does that makes him such a

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consistent ball striker and what you can

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learn that you can apply to your own

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swing so for those who have been kind of

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following my swing analysis videos the

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first one I did was jordan Spieth and I

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actually did it right before he kind of

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went on a little bit of his tear and

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gain a little bit more popularity and

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it's a little bit was the first video I

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did it was a little bit more negative in

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terms of just I hear a bunch of things

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Jordans doing wrong so what I wanted to

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do was refilm it and help you understand

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what Jordan does so well in his release

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that you can learn from and apply to

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your own swing so if we if we kind of

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breeze through his backswing we see very

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good kind of one-piece takeaway not a

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ton of linear movement in the backswing

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a good good pivot you know although all

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the planes and angles look pretty solid

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he does have a little bit of a

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unconventional grip with a weaker left

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hand that results in the big bowing

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movement that we see on the downswing

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but for all intent and purposes his

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backswing looks fairly normal other than

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he's got a little bit of that bent lead

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arm now I'm not a huge critic of the

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bent lead arm I think it can be very

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helpful in terms of what you want to do

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in the release as long as it's not kind

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of forced one way or the other so let's

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get into the downswing which is where I

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think Jordan really excels in what he

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does with his golf swing so in

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transition he does a lot of really good

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things he sequences with his lower body

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so one of the checkpoints we use is when

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did the thighs get parallel to the

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target line and you can see that he does

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that right about when his left arm is

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parallel which is a clear indication

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that he's using his lower body even

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though from the face on view you can see

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that there's a little bit of upper body

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kind of lunge or drift where the upper

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body is getting well on top of the lower

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body not dramatically so but

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more so than we would see with kind of

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the average tour pro but at the same

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time we can see that he has a really

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good arm shallowing move and so the club

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is is flattening nicely and setting him

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up for a really good release position

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we'll also see that at the end of his

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transition you can see that his left

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shoulder is still higher than his right

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so he hasn't gone into this right side

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Bend too early in the golf swing which

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can mess up low point angle of attack

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he's going to do that more during the

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release so one of the things that is

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frequently highlighted in his release is

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how from the face on camera angle you

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will tend to see a little unorthodox

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lead arm Bend now it's not a true

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chicken wing because you'll see that his

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hands stay out in front of his chest so

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the arm isn't really working around him

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he's not pulling and bending the arms in

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order to help square the club face it

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just seems to be the way that he

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stabilizes with his shoulder but from a

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good perspective what we see is some

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tremendous right arm extension without

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collapsing or flipping his lead or is a

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trail wrist so that right arm really

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extends through the release which helps

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keep the wide point or it keeps the arc

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with increasing through the ball which

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tends to help build the flat spot for

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consistency so his release pattern

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really begins right about here and we'll

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see a couple key characteristics one we

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can see that he's able to create a fair

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amount of shaft lean but he does so

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without taking a deep divot so you'll

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see that he's able to create the shaft

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lean and not take a deep divot based on

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the combination of what he's doing with

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his arms and what he's doing with his

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body I've frequently heard that you know

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if you do everything right in transition

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that the release will happen almost

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automatically but there's a lot of guys

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who have a similar transition look to

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what we're seeing over here on the right

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who have very different release patterns

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so

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it can't quite be as automatic as some

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other instructors tend to lead you to

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believe so let's talk about what he does

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actively during the release that works

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so well so one he shallows out with his

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body by having his upper body his thorax

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move away from the golf ball as he's

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pushing through the ground causing that

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side tilt to initiate so what you'll see

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is during the release his body is doing

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what I call bracing where his body is

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starting to go into right side Bend and

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it's going to max out the right side

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Bend right around there

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so from this down the line you'll see

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from impact as he continues through the

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follow-through you can see that the tilt

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of his shoulders continues to slightly

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increase between impact and

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follow-through so that's a trademark

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that I see with a lot of really good

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solid ball strikers it helps set up for

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the shallow angle of attack if you also

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include really good arm movements one in

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particular that I refer to as the white

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so when he's doing this upper body or

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he's doing this body bracing what will

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then see is will tend to see the arms

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work more across his body like so if I

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put a horizontal line roughly when the

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shafts vertical you'll see that the

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hands work very much across his body

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that's how he's able to have shaft lean

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but not take a very deep divot a lot of

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amateurs at this point here when the

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shaft is roughly parallel with the

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ground would have their hands higher up

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closer to the belt light and so what

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will happen is the hands will be moving

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down and so if they had that shaft lean

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they would tend to take very deep divots

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and that can be a big problem either

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with contact or creating hooks and snap

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hooks now one of the other pieces that I

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really like with Jordans release is as

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that right arm extends you'll see that

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he does a great job of keeping the elbow

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pointed down so even though that arm is

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extending

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it's not going into what we call

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internal rotation even though it's not

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going into internal rotation from this

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down the line view you can see that the

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club continues to rotate compared to the

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plane so the club is rotating even

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though his elbow is not or his shoulder

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is not internally rotating basically

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what we're seeing is that his trail for

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arm and lead forearm are rotating from

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the start of the release through to the

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end of the release in order to allow him

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to have shaft lean but still have the

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clubface not point open

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so he's squaring the club face with more

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of this shaft rotation and less with a

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flip or what I call in-plane shaft

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movement so that shaft rotating is

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getting the club face to point at the

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target but the body position is allowing

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him to do so without taking a really

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deep divot even though he has this shaft

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lean and I keep saying those stressing

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those three points how can you create

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shaft lean so that you get a heavy hit

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and hit kind of higher up on the face

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with the irons but not take a super deep

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divot you have to do that with bracing

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with the body and wiping with the arms

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during this release pattern so again as

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it applies to your release don't be

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afraid to let your upper body back up

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through the shot especially if it's

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coming from pushing that lead leg into

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the ground that's not actually a

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trademark of great ball strikers

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movement that we teach that we call

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bracing and if you do so and you hit a

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lot of fat shots then it typically means

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that you have a problem in your release

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pattern specifically not enough of the

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white movement so here's a great camera

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angle showing a combination of those you

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can see that Jordan is extending that

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right arm without really extending that

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right wrist the right wrist is going to

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rather flex or straighten that right

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wrist that right wrist is going to

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straighten and flexed more from the

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speed than an active movement in the

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wrist so because his body is going this

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way as his arms are

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going with the club this way that'll

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tend to cause the trail risk to come out

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of extension Jordan does a great job of

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sequencing the arm movements before the

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shoulder movement and that's part of why

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he's been such a consistent ball striker

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the last few years he's the defending

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champ this week at the Masters hopefully

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he can find his putting on the greens

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and return the form that he'd

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demonstrated last year so if you have

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any questions about your release feel

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free to sign up for a free membership

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over at golf smart Academy comm very if

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you want to work on the release and

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understand how Jordan is releasing the

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club the way that he does check out the

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movements of the bracing in the release

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section as well as the movements of the

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wipe in the release section and

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hopefully that will help you with your

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game

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