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Swing Analysis - Matt Wolff - Iron

Matt Wolff is a great representative for the next generation of talent on the PGA Tour; he was able to claim his first victory in just three starts and in the process, became the youngest winner since Jordan Spieth in 2013. Wolff also stands alongside Tiger Woods and Ben Crenshaw as the only (3) players to have won the NCAA individual title and a PGA Tour event in the same year.

As a follow-up to our driver analysis video, we will now take a look Matt's iron play; he is currently ranked 10th in proximity from 150-175 yards and is 18th overall for strokes gained on approaches.

Wolff is an adept iron player for a host of reasons, such as his control of "low-point" and ability to maintain posture while delivering a very powerful and compressive strike. If you struggle with your iron game, there are definitely a few moves to emulate in this breakdown.

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In this analysis video, we're going to take a look at the Iron Swing of Matt Wolfe,

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and why he's ranked fifth in approach shots of the green.

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We're going to talk about a couple of keys that you can apply to your own game to help

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with your Iron Consistency right away.

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Whenever I'm analyzing an Iron Swing, I always want to start at Impact.

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I don't want to look at basically the Impact line, or roughly a spot for a line about

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four inches in front of the golf ball, and what we'll see is with really good Iron players

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typically you'll see the left leg, left shoulder, hands, and club shafts kind of all in line

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with that line after Impact.

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That tends to lead to really good ground contact and bottom swing control.

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The most common issues for amateurs is that they're too far behind the line, or on this

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side over here.

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Either the upper body, the hands, or the hips, don't get enough ahead of the golf ball.

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They have a hard time controlling the bottom of the swing.

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If too much is behind the line, you'll typically have more of a picking of the golf ball,

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or you'll bottom out an inch or two behind the golf ball, so you'll hit lots of fat in

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thin shots.

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That wolf does a great job of getting his hands into this good Impact position, and even

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though his hands are ahead, you'll see that he takes a nice shallow divot, and the shallow

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divot comes from having the body position of rotation and side bend on the way through.

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We can see that better from this point of view, which is as he's making contact, you'll

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see that his left shoulder continues to go up, so he's going into side bend and kind of

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lengthening this left side to help bring the arms around.

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That pattern tends to create again this nice shallow bottom of the swing with the hands

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out in front of the golf ball.

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In order to get into that good Impact line, we're going to look at this kind of lag checkpoint.

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For basically, you'll tend to see good iron players, good ball strikers, get the hands

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out in front of the shoulder just before Impact.

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Many amateurs will have their hands compared to their shoulder back in this space here, and

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that when with the momentum of the club releasing, it's typically going to bottom out there,

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or at the very least, it's going to be kind of sweeping on the way up, or the only way you

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could have your hands there and get the bottom this way out in front would be a swing way

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from the outside.

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It causes a host of ground contact problems, which is one of the biggest skills for being

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an elite level iron player.

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In order to get into this position, where you see the elbow, the trail elbow, or the right

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elbow, continuing to work across the body as it extends, in order to get into that position,

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you need to make sure that your ribcage is physically out of the way.

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What that means is you probably shouldn't stand up too much on the downswing.

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In order to get into this position, I need to physically have the space for my elbow to fit

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in front of me.

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If I start standing up, then if I had my elbow in front of me like this, it would tend

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to throw the club too far out into the golf ball, I might start shanking it, so most

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amateurs, or most golfers, if the elbow comes up, or the body comes up this way, you'll

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tend to see that elbow almost connect and become a pivot point, and then it'll swing like

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As opposed to what Matt is demonstrating there, where his body is physically out of the

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way by staying a little bit more down and back, that allows him to get that elbow in front

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and get into that really good impact position.

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If you find that trying to feel like you're holding the leg doesn't work, and the

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hands continue to be back behind the golf ball, then the next place you want to look

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is, well, am I raising up, am I standing up on the way down compared to where I was

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at the end of my delivery position, because that's going to typically cause my arms

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to get more behind, or it's going to cause a lot of contact issues.

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If we take a snapshot of Matt Wolf at Impact, and we put a line at the top of his head,

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we will see that if we compare that to where he was at setup, he's closer to the ground

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at Impact than where he was at the start of the swing.

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That helps create the slack to allow for the hands to get forward.

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Basically, in order for me to get my hands ahead and still have the club on the ground,

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if I start here, and then I move my hands ahead, you'll see that the club actually comes

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closer to me.

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So if I bring it this way, it's coming a little bit closer to me.

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I have to count for that distance more with my body down.

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So if my body is down, I have the slack to still have the club on the ground and get the

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hands ahead.

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If my body is, if I have the club on the ground, and my body is too tall, then I don't

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have any slack to physically get my hands far and forward.

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So many good iron players will actually be closer to the ground at Impact than where they

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were at setup.

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In addition to being down, you'll tend to see that his body is creating enough space

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by working away from the golf ball.

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When I speed up the club and get it moving really fast, it's going to tend to pull out

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towards the golf ball.

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Well, I'm going to have to pull back on that with something.

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I refer to that in our program as bracing.

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If I'm bracing with my arms, they'll tend to pull in.

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That's kind of more of your chicken wing pattern.

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If I'm bracing more with my body, my body moves away from the golf ball and my weight

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tends to move more towards my heels.

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That allows golfer to extend the arms and not lose balance and get pulled over, especially

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if I've increased the flex of my body.

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If I've increased the flex and gotten down closer to the golf ball than where I was at

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setup, I have to move a little bit away to account for that space.

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If you are really working on trying to get your hands in front, which is helpful for being

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a good iron player.

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You find that at that lag checkpoint, your hands are just a little bit too far back.

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Then see what you can take away from Matt Wolf's wing about maintaining or keeping your

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body angles.

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That'll help create the space to get your arms in.

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