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Improving low point should be one of the first to-dos for golfers struggling with their ball-striking. Thankfully, a simple pool-noodle or alignment stick is all that is needed to create the right training environment for this process. When setup correctly, players should be able to identify (2) major swing faults that often lead to poor contact and errant shots.
Playlists: Train Your Release, Stop Lunging Forward, Stop Moving Off The Ball (Sway)
Tags: Fundamentals, Poor Contact, Not Straight Enough, Sway, Impact, Follow Through, Release, Drill, Intermediate
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The trail is training your local life.
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So I've got a pool noodle here to help you build a little bit of spatial awareness of where
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you are down at impact.
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A lot of golfers struggle with their pivot or their handle location and just having a wall
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would be ideal.
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But in this case, a pool noodle can help your brain figure out where you want to get to
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It's an iron, just past impact.
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We talk about that low point being at about the left foot.
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Well one good reference or good checkpoint is basically at that point having the club,
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the club, the hand, the shoulder and the hip kind of all in line.
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The two most common problems would be either the upper body is back and I've slid a little
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bit, which could cause the hands to flip a little bit and cause me to hit that and
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it's in shots.
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Or the lower body stays back and the upper body gets kind of forward and then again the
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handle is back.
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But I can use this as a common or as a checkpoint to help with my spatial awareness.
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If I can go, I'll start first with the merry-go-round version.
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So basically I'll just look at my pivot and can I get to a position where my shoulder
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hip and foot are in line.
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That would be great for getting low point in front with an iron.
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If I wanted to then adapt this and train it more with a driver, I would make sure that
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I've got about a fist width between my shoulder and the wall, even though my lower body
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is up against the wall.
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So iron I'm going to be more on top of it.
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Driver I'm going to be more behind it.
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Lower body is in the same position, but the upper body difference creates that axis
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tilt that adjusts our angle of the tack.
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The hands are basically going to be in line with it, whether I'm with an iron or with
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So this can help again heighten that spatial awareness.
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Now I've got this here and I'm going to set it up so that it's behind me but kind of
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in line with the outer edge of my foot.
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Now if I get into a good impact position, this will feel like my body is turned facing
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the target and it's pretty much flush up against this wall when I get into my finished
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This will help me if I'm kind of staying back like this or if I'm sliding too much and
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breaking through the wall.
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In the finished position I don't mind if your upper body is a little bit more away because
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of the bracing pattern but when I get to impact, I want to make sure that I'm pretty
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close to that position especially if I struggle with fat thing contact.
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So like most of the things I do, I would start with getting into a little bit of a
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nine to three and then I would progress to tend to two and up to full swings.
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Now you want to be careful if I go too far back here, this is actually going to get
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in the way of my hand.
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So I want it to be set up so that it's more of kind of a visual that I can check at the end.
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It was just a touch behind, might have been just a little hair shallow on that one but
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this allows me to kind of dial in that low point position.
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So if you struggle with your upper body too far forward, your hips too back, your hands
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too far back, you can use a wall or some type of vertical reference to help you retrain
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that impact position.