Unhinge in the release
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Golfers struggling to combine a few of the "tour release" mechanics can often exacerbate already existing issues, such as steep contact or a stalled pivot. In cases such as these, players will often get their wires crossed regarding where & when these patterns should occur, which can happen quite a bit when training both the unhinge and wipe.
If we recall, the unhinge is one of the key shallowers in the downswing, while the wipe helps move the arms in front of the body and promotes good extension through impact. Ultimately, learning how to combine both of these patterns in sequence can provide a huge boost to one's ball-striking & consistency.
Playlists: Train Your Release, Unhinge in the release, Fix Your Flip
Tags: Poor Contact, Not Straight Enough, Release, Drill, Advanced
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This drill is T-Rex unhinging.
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So it's also been called alligator unhinging, but I kind of think the T-Rex is a little
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So we're going to call this T-Rex unhinging.
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And it's learning to feel the movement of the wrist.
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So the wrist doing the unhinging while the elbows are doing the wipe.
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Because some golfers can get a little bog down trying to do both and can lead to some
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toxic or paralysis by analysis situations where you feel like you're doing conflicting
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So one of the keys in some of these unhinging drills is that unhinging is wrist movement,
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whether it's supination of the trail wrist or ulnar deviation of the lead wrist.
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It'll look more like this.
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When I ask some golfers to do the unhinging, what they'll end up doing is they will end
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up straightening the arms.
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And oftentimes when they straighten the arms, that pushes down on the grip.
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And when I push down on the grip, that's going to cause the club head to actually go
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up or re-hinge.
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Remember the leg that we want is not necessarily holding this club up.
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That creates a steep and open problem for the brain to solve.
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The leg we want is more pushing that club backward so I can get the club shallow with the
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arm movements instead of having to shallow it with the body movements.
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So back to the drill.
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The T-Rex unhinge.
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T-Rex has their arms in close, so we're going to feel like we do an unhinge with
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these arms in a really narrow position instead of wide-end straight.
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So I'm going to bring it up and I'm going to unhinge like this, keeping my arms
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in close and on my sides.
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And then I'm going to pivot through so that I can actually make contact with the golf
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So this is kind of a version of a 93, feeling more the dynamics of the unhinge.
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And then getting that white movement more from my body rotation and keeping the hands
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ahead of the club head even though it's unhinge.
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So I'm going to bring it back, keep those arms in close and just drop it down with the
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wrist kind of like this.
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So then the next iteration or the next version would be exaggerating the arm extension
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timing on the way through.
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So what often happens and you saw I was doing it in those first couple is the first few
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times you do this.
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Your arms are just going to stay close because I'm focusing on that T-Rex position
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of keeping the arms close.
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But when I finish the club is in line with that left arm kind of like this instead of
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Alright, so now I want to start trying to add a little bit of the white pattern into it.
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This is a combo drill so I'm going to get some of this unhinging and then I'm going to
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get my arms to extend on the way through.
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And now I still let my body lead and then my arms extend more through the ball at the target
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less at the ball.
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I feel like I'm driving that energy out towards the target, not down towards the mat.
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The only thing bringing the club down towards the mat is that T-Rex unhinging move.
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So if you struggle with getting steep or really low hands or feeling your chest close
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too much kind of more of this pattern here, then feeling this T-Rex unhinging where
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the hands stay close and high as the club drops down will help allow you to do the white
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blight which is one of the big movement combinations that really helps create a little
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bit more consistency in club face control as well as building a little bit better flat
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spot for solid contact.