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Visualizing your swing path is helpful for decoding ball flight.
Tags: Not Straight Enough, Draw vs Fade, Concept, Drill
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This drill is swing path railroad tracks.
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So what we'll do on this is we're going to use a visual representation, we're going to
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get some visual feedback for your path.
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So if you're struggling with either hooking the ball or slicing the ball, if you have
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a lot of curve, then there's going to be a big difference between your face and path.
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To rule out which one of those is causing the majority of the curve, is that the path is
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really off and the face is just pretty square or is the face pretty square but the path
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is way off.
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We're going to use two alignment sticks.
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So I've got a red stick and a white stick.
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The colors obviously don't really matter.
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But what we'll see is you don't have to have these really close together, but the lower
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your handicap, the more you can bring these close together.
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However, if you are curving the ball, give yourself a little bit of leeway.
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What we're really using this for is the visual.
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So when I take a swing in my mind's eye, I can kind of see a blur of the club or after
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I've swung I can kind of see a rough path of where that club would be swinging.
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So if I'm slicing the ball, I'm going to have the blur of the club going more outside
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to in kind of like this.
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If I'm hooking the ball, I'm going to tend to have the blur of the club going more
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And use the trusty hole of hoop.
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If I have a fairly neutral swing path, you'll see that the club is going to come slightly
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from the inside to then slightly back to the inside.
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If I'm hooking the ball, it will come kind of very close or it will come over the white
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stick relatively close to the golf ball as opposed to way back here.
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It'll come closer to the golf ball.
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And then it'll start to kind of peel off and work just slightly out.
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It'll rarely see it really swing over out towards the target line or out towards the red
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But a solid hook is going to look pretty much like that.
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Now if I'm slicing the ball, the blur of the club and the club head is going to get
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more out towards that red stick on the ground and then start swinging across just like
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So you can use these two sticks to just help you get some visual feedback.
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You can take some practice swings, trying to get the blur of the club to kind of swing
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right down the middle.
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And then when you take some shots, you can focus on not so much of the feedback, but what
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did that look like if you replayed the blur of the club?
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If you're unsure, you can just set up your camera right down that alleyway and you'll
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be able to get a rough estimate of the direction, the horizontal swing plane.
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So the direction that you're kind of swinging in the club.
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It doesn't give you the true path because it can't tell you how much you're hitting down
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and how much you're hitting up.
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And for every degree, you hit down on the ball.
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It's going to affect the path a little less than an degree, half a degree to two thirds
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of a degree depending on the club that you're swinging.
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So you can use this to help zero in your ball flight.
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It's similar to the four square model, but it's a little bit easier for setup when you're
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on the range.
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I think the four square model can be a little bit more specific and help you with not only
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controlling direction, but looking at low point and where that is.
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But this one, you can quickly set it up and then quickly take it away.
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The other thing that is really useful is let's say you're using this visual feedback and
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you get your, you find yourself hitting a pretty predictable little fade or little draw,
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like a ball flight that you like.
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Then what you want to do is keep the training station there, but then take a few swings
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outside of the training station and try to recreate the same ball flight.
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Then what you can do is you can use the edge of a T-box or the edge of the fairway where
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the line of grass goes from fairway to rough as one of the elements that.
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So it's a training device that you can kind of use on the course because I can pretend
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that, alright, I'm done practicing with my two sticks.
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Now here's the edge of the T-box.
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I can imagine that that's one of those sticks and I can take some swings and try to get
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that visual path figured out.
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And then once I have that visual path in place, I can set up to my ball and try to recreate
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So if you're struggling with a little bit of your path control and you're more of a visual
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golfer, you can't really feel too well.
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Some of these, you know, shallowing movements or you can't feel that loss of posture,
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use the sticks on the ground to kind of help your brain coordinate where you want to swing
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the club and that'll ultimately help you develop your stock tour swing.
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So now a fairly neutral swing.
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And then I'm going to do a little early extension.
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Kind of like this.
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So you can see how you can use those visuals to help you really zero in on how you're
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controlling your path and what it looks like, especially if you're a visual learner.