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The Wall Drill - Downswing Path Check Point

To begin the wall drill, set up to a golf ball so that there is a minimal amount of space between the toe of the club and a wall. The wall drill is helpful for understanding the severity of the arm flattening movements if you are used to having a vertical arm motion. When you get into your delivery position, rotate your body toward the target without letting the club move out toward the wall. This will help you see the space you want the club in, and how that compares to what it will feel like when you use your body for power in the full swing.

Tags: Transition, Drill, Beginner

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The drill is the wall drill and it's a great drill for working on path and it's a great

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drill for helping you understand the arms during transition.

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So basically what I have here is I've got a shank art exacting as my wall but at home

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you can do this kind of up against a wall with nothing valuable on it.

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You're going to be doing position training you're not really going to be hitting balls.

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Well you can if you have something like this that you can take to the range.

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Basically what we're going to do here is you're going to get set up to the golf ball

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that's very close to this wall and then we're going to bring the club to where it would

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be approximately delivery position where when the club is about parallel to the ground and

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we're going to try to keep it parallel to the wall as well.

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So if we're going to go out here the club would physically make contact.

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So if I set up here the club came out here the club would physically make contact with

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the wall.

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If it just came out a little bit spatially I could see that it was getting closer.

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What happens is when you're working on these arm movements very often you can do them

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in the practice wings you can do them at slow speeds kind of like so and then you go

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to create speed and the body spins and now that same good arm feeling doesn't have the

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same path that I've been practicing and getting used to where my arms actually have to

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be will help you overcome that.

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So you're going to set up to the ball.

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You're going to go to about waist height in the backswing and then you're going to try to turn

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your body as much as you can towards the target while keeping the club from going out

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that way.

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And what you'll start to feel is it will feel like it's way behind you but the spatial

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awareness will help you understand that it's actually not.

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It's actually going to in a good position.

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If you wanted to you could turn this into a little bit of a hitting drill and you could

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go to this waist height you could turn and get into where we are in a pretty good delivery

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position feeling like my body is rotate as much as I can and then simply extend.

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Now there's a very good chance that this will not work right and you'll hit the wall so

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I recommend doing it with something that's not very valuable like a sofa cushion.

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Something that won't be damaged if you were to actually hit it.

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But it gets you used to then that feeling of those arms weight behind you while the body

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is still turned.

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And then you can take swings kind of recreating that feeling and if you do it correctly

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you'll have a feeling of a little bit more gentle or subtle strike or shallow contact

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as opposed to if I'm used to being very vertical with my arms I start working on this

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but then during the practice swing I get out of here that will tend to give a little bit

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more jarring feeling it in back.

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So it's a great way to work on your path, help you work on the arm position and integrate

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it with the body rotation.

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