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Swing Analysis - Old Jack Nicklaus vs Young Jack Nicklaus

As you age, things change within your body. The more you take care of it, the easier it is to keep your golf game. In this video, I show you the things that typically remain unchanged in a golf swing as well as the few thing that change with time. Those things require consistent maintenance in order to keep similar ball striking ability.

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in this analysis video we're gonna take

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a look at the evolution of Jack Nicklaus

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golf swing so I had a student ask a

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question of obviously swings change a

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little bit as you get older our golfers

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pretty much trying to do the same thing

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and just the bodies won't cooperate or

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are they trying to do something

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different because of a changing buck so

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he submitted the this picture and

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basically you can see that the impact

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position looks very different whoa is he

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trying to make a different impact

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position or is it just the same thing on

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a different body I don't know for sure

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what Jack Nicklaus or any of the other

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golfers that I'm going to analyze as

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this evolution kind of series works on I

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don't know exactly what they're thinking

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but I have a few kind of theories as far

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as what stays the same and what changes

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so what we'll take a look at are what

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stays the same which is typically gonna

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be triggers and sequencing and then what

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changes which is typically going to be

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range of motion the steep and shallow

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blend and bracing okay so here we have

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two different iron swings and if we look

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over on the right we can see let's take

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a look at triggers first so you can see

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his little head head cocked off to the

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side and as we go into the takeaway

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you'll see that 30 years later or so

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he's got that little head movement to

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start the program and some similar

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patterning so we can see that he's kind

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of trying to do the same thing now we'll

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see that as he gets towards the top of

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the swing we're gonna notice some pretty

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big differences one we can look at range

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of motion so as we look over here on the

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right we can see that he got his hands

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up a whole lot higher his lower body

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rotated a little bit more maybe not a

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ton more but we can see that there's a

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pretty big difference in the amount of

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turn of his upper body as well as the

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amount of side Bend

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so he's developed some stiffness

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in the spine region and as a result the

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arms are going to not gonna create

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nearly as much depth so since he's

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trying to do the same movement but he

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has a blend of these steeps and shallows

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the way the arms move and the way the

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body moves if you take away some of the

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body movements it's going to change that

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relationship so having that amount of

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rotation and side Bend tends to create

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deeper arms which helps create shallow

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now he also is able to keep his head at

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about the same height so what we'll see

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as we kind of start through transition

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you'll see that his trigger for starting

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the downswing is definitely a lower body

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but we'll see that some of his kind of

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steeps shallow blend is going to be a

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little different you'll see that his

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head stays at about the same height and

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as a result of his head staying about

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the same height you can see that his

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arms do a nice little shallow movement

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there's lots of stories of Jack Nicklaus

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working with his golf instructor and his

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instructor holding his hair to try to

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keep his heads though we can see that he

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did a pretty good job in this particular

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swing of keeping the head kind of at the

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same level now older Jack if he didn't

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have the head on and if his coach had

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been holding his hair you can see he

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would have struggled a little bit there

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in the backswing and we would see that

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he would struggle during the release so

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who knows if that stand up move is just

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part of Jack's natural tendency and so

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his coach helped him to work on his

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pivot control by holding his head and as

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a result of working on the pivot control

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and having holding his head he forced

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himself to learn how to shallow out with

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the arms we can see that if he has a

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slightly steeper arm movement and now

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his body is standing up those two are

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going to balance each other out but it's

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not going to give us quite the same flat

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spot and it's going to

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not allow us to power this wing quite as

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intensely with the body so we'll take a

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look from a different perspective and

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we'll look at the bracing strategy

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that's going to be a result of both the

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path as well as the range of motion and

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the impact conditions that he creates as

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he's evolved his swing over time so

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here's a interesting find we have almost

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the same camera angle but these swings

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are taken about 40 years apart so over

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on the Left we have 2014 the masters and

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over here on the right he was about 30

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in a competition against Lee Trevino so

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if we take a look at the movements to

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the top of the swing again we see that

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same trigger and head movement and we

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can see that it's kind of a similar

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patterning of what he's trying to do but

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it's shortened because of the range of

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motion especially not nearly as much

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back rotation right we can't see nearly

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as much flexibility here in his rib cage

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and that limits his ability to create

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that arm height now what we'll see over

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on the right is a very good sequencing

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getting the lower body to start and then

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he gets well open so when he comes

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through you can see that those arms kind

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of do a really good job of releasing but

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continuing to straighten they don't

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really Bend he gets into some tremendous

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side Bend and rotation positions now as

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you as you get older once you've passed

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about 65 or so you tend to lose about a

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third of the amount of side bending

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movement you can maintain some with

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flexibility and strength training but

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you're going to lose a little bit just

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as the natural degeneration of your

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spine so what we'll see is in 2014 he

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still sequences and still starts with

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his lower body but we know that he

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didn't have as much

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room for his arms because he didn't have

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as much rotation so he didn't creep the

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shallow depth that comes from rotation

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to the right so even though he sequence

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his lower body first and then his arms

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because his arms are going from a

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steeper position he uses more vertical

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body movement and not quite as much

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rotation so he's not gonna get nearly as

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open as he did over here on the right in

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his prime and so as a result you'll see

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as he comes through less body and

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steeper arm movement is usually going to

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result in those arms bending sooner so

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you'll see that as he goes through that

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left arm starts bending pretty much

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right after impact where if we scrub

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through those frames back and forth over

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here because he's doing more of that

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bracing movement with his lower body his

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upper body's in a better position he's

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able to really extend those arms have a

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really solid release so there's

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obviously been some changes over the

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40-year period but I'm gonna show you

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what's interesting is if we look at just

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this three-year period between two of

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his ceremonial first tee shots we can

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see a little bit of change so over here

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on the Left we have Jack Nicklaus in

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2011 and over here on the right we have

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Jack Nicklaus in 2014 so it's only three

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years apart he's 71 in on the left and

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74 on the right so the the age

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difference isn't that great but we can

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see that there in the span of a few

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years we can see some changes starting

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to kind of take place it's not a great

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frame rate but if we scrub back and

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forth we can kind of see the amount of

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body movement over on the right we'll

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see a little bit less kind

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of coure and hip movement where this

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will really show up will be in the

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follow-through strategy or the bracing

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strategy so he does a little bit more

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lower body initiation of his transition

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and so as he comes through you can you

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can see that left arm staying mostly

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straight as it kind of works with the

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body rotation now over here just three

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years later we can see that as he comes

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through because he doesn't have nearly

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the amount of body rotation you can

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almost assume that he was in a steeper

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position and we can see that that lead

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arm just starts bending almost instantly

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through impact so while he's well his

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brain is trying to power the swing and

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kind of control the path in a similar

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way because of the path relationship and

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how it's working with his body he's

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absorbing the speed differently in these

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two frames or in these two swings so one

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of the one of the things that we'll see

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from some of the other examples is if

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you're able to maintain some of your

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flexibility and strength it's going to

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be a lot easier for you to maintain a

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more similar swing and kind of have it

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deteriorate slower but what will happen

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is if you if you get stiffer and you're

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not able to create the rotational depth

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of during the backswing we will tend to

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get steeper with our arm movements which

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then causes more of a body stand-up move

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and less of that body rotation move if

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you want to understand your swing and

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you want to understand the different

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pieces of takeaway setting the club

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transition the release and what to look

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for in this bracing strategy that I'm

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talking about

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