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Swing Analysis - Patrick Reed

While Masters Champion Patrick Reed may have a few idiosyncrasies to his swing, he does do an excellent job of controlling his path (using different parts of his body) to produce a consistent draw. If you struggle with getting your arms to flatten and shallow the club in transition, then be sure to pay attention to this breakdown to understand how and why Patrick does this so well. 

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in this analysis video we're gonna take

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a look at Patrick Reed now Patrick Reed

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is one of the young stars on tour he is

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currently fourth in the FedEx Cup and

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fifteenth in the world ranking and he is

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20th in strokes gained tee to green and

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21st in stirrups game pudding so he's

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got a pretty good well-rounded game but

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we're gonna talk about some of the

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idiosyncrasies of his swing and how they

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help explain some of his driving

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accuracy problems and why he's such a

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good bunker player so stay tuned we're

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gonna take a look at what makes his

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swing work and how you can apply some of

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it to your own game when I do these

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analysis I think it's important that we

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focus on the things that kind of look

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weird or the idiosyncrasies of his swing

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and talking about why they work because

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all of these tour golfers are going to

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have pretty good swing paths pretty good

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face control you know compared to the

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average golfer they're gonna have very

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good sequencing there's gonna be a lot

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more similarities so when we start with

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Patrick Reed we're gonna look at the

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transition and the release because

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that's where we see a lot of the the

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weird moves one of my favorite lines is

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what looks weird and what is this doing

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for the golfer so if we take a look at

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the face on view you'll see that the

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first thing that looks weird in his

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transition is his right leg tends to

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straighten and his left foot tends to

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replant in a more closed position so

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here he was at the top of the swing and

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you can see that his lead foot was

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pointed slightly out that way and then a

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few frames later it's pointed pretty

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much at the golf ball now during the

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release what's gonna look weird is that

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he's going to basically have that left

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foot spin and moved behind him as he

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releases the club

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so from this face on view it's a little

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better frame rate you'll be able to see

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there's that straightening of the leg

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he's replanting his foot in a little bit

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more closed positioned and then as he

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comes down and through the release you

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can watch

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there's his the toe of his left foot and

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as he comes through you can see that

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the toe of his left foot is now

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somewhere back there so why would this

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golfer have this little replanting with

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the feet and then change of movement

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during the release that's what we're

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gonna discuss so that you can understand

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how he is able to get the club to swing

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the way that he does so if we jump back

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to transition and we look at the engine

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of his swing you can see that his lower

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body tends to rotate relatively quickly

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and compared to his left foot he doesn't

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seem to have very much lateral movement

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of the lower body so from the from the

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down-the-line view that would give the

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appearance that his hips are gonna be

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more level here than you know someone

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who has a little bit more of the access

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tilt or hip slide so there's a couple

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reasons that he might be doing that but

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one of the most likely is if we take a

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look at the face on when he when he does

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this little hip rotation move we'll see

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in a later video that he's gonna be

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shallowing out the club with his arms a

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pretty good amount so in order to get

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the the path right he's gonna have to

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have a certain amount of steeps and a

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certain amount of shallows now because

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his upper body is pretty much on top of

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his lower body that's going to

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inherently add a little bit of a steep

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so in order to prevent that he's gonna

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keep or I guess in order to balance that

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he's gonna keep more of his mass in his

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upper body behind the golf ball now

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because of that the left foot is basic

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or though yeah the left foot is going to

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be more unweighted at impact and it's

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gonna have freedom to kind of slide and

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rotate as he goes through now the one of

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the questions is always well why doesn't

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he have more of this lateral movement so

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that he would have more of a look like

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that as he came into the ball instead of

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straight up and down well part of what I

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see going on with his movement is when

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he if he was more side bent here

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we're looking at this down the line if

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he was Morse I'd been hearing he had a

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little bit more of that hip bump then in

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order to have the same path he would

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have to have the the arms work a little

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bit more across his body the white

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movement that we described on our site

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now Patrick Reed is one of the larger

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golfer and he's got a little bit more

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mass in his stomach and so that white

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movement would be very very difficult so

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you will tend to see with golfers who

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are a little bit stockier like this that

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they're gonna have more of a rotational

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movement and not take advantage of some

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of the lower body translations now part

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of that will show up in his some of his

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statistics so he is currently a hundred

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90th in driving accuracy and when it

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comes to Club that speed he's twenty

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ninth but his total rank in distance is

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73rd so there are a number of guys who

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don't swing the club as fast as he does

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but getting more out of it as far as the

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launch characteristics and part of that

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is going to be because of this lack of

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tilt and how that relates to the longer

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swing but that's also part of the reason

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why he does pretty well with the the

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wedges his iron ranking is higher than

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his driver ranking so he would fit into

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more of a stacked type swing not stuck

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in told but stack doesn't his upper body

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is more on top of his lower body doesn't

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have a huge amount of that access though

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so he's gonna struggle a little bit with

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the path with the driver as well as

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maximizing his distance now let's talk a

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little bit about how he shallows the

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club during transition because I think

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that's one of the key movements that

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makes him one of the more promising

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rising stuff so here we have a great

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close up with a good frame rate of

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Patrick Reed going into his transition

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so we know that the lower body is gonna

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do a little straightening pivot move but

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what I want you to look at is I want you

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to look at the movement of his arms and

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shoulders so just that's a reference

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line not giving you any amount that you

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should be striving for you can see where

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he has the club there now as he starts

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going up towards the

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as he's ending his backswing and kind of

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starting transition you'll see that the

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the club has already started to shallow

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out slightly and now as he starts down

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you can see that it's shallowing out

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even more so one of the things that we

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talked about with the arm shallowing is

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this difference between the club moving

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or the grip of the club moving straight

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down versus moving more out you can see

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that Patrick does a great job in

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transition of getting the club to

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shallow and move more out so now because

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he has the arms and a very good shallow

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position he can get away with having his

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body and a little bit more steep or a

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little bit more stacked version and just

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rotate around because most of the

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shallowing has happened from the arms

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with a little bit of shadowing happening

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from the body backing up now that's also

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part of the reason why he appears to

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have that that stall through impact to

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allow the the clubs that kind of tumble

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and catch up but the the shallow piece

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that he does in transition is really

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beautiful and part of the reason why I

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think he has had the success that he has

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had but that's also part of the reason

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why he's able to hit the ball with this

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much curve or as much draw as he tends

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to so it's one of those catch-22 or I

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guess one of those trade-offs of how

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much you want to draw the ball how much

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you want to have the ability to shape

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your shots Patrick Reed has his pattern

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figured out and he knows it very very

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well if you'd like to have your favorite

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golfer analyze please send us a message

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and let us know who you'd like us to

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take a look at or if you have any

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understand the big picture the micro

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moves and everything that makes your

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golf swing work

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