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Troubleshooting Supination

Lead wrist supination is one of the hot new topics in the world of golf science. It's an important concept to examine as training it can fix a host of issues, including a chickenwing style release or poor low point control. However, there are a few pitfalls that golfers can fall into when applying it to their own game. 

The first pitfall to avoid would be a "swivel" release. This is associated with a lack of ulnar devation or unhinging of the wrists in transition. When golfers apply supination from this unhinged postion, they end up with a steep angle of attack and will struggle with solid contact. Supination and arm extension work in unison and you cannot have good arm extension without properly unhinging. 

The second pattern to avoid is using internal rotation of the shoulder as opposed to true supination, which occurs at the forearm. When golfers allow for a "roll' of the shoulder to take over, they end up in a similar position to the "swivel" release. This again produces an excessive leftward path and can lead to pulls and contact issues. 

Finally, the third and most common pitfall that golfers fall into involves the rate at which they create supination. Typically, golfers who are first learning this movement will try to apply it all at once as they come into the ball. This leads to a flip release and consistency issues. We know that for touring professionals, their supination starts earlier in the downswing and moves at a much slower rate than the average golfer's. This creates consistency as the rate of clubface closure is more constant. So, if you are struggling with this, make sure that the body is continuing to rotate through impact and that the maximum amount of supination is occuring later in the release and not just at the ball. 

Playlists: Train Your Release, Fix Your Flip, Fix Your Chicken Wing (Bent Arm @ Impact)

Tags: Poor Contact, Not Straight Enough, Chicken Wing, Release, Concept

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In this video we're going to look at troubleshooting supination.

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So I know supination is one of the hot topics and I recently did a video where you could

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visualize what supination looks like.

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So in this video I thought I'd walk through a few of the key problems I see with golfers

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trying to apply it.

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Now remember supination is designed to get golfers out of that pattern.

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So out of a pattern where the arm is bending, kind of blocking, or of a chicken wings

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style, or low point control.

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So it could also come from more of a pattern kind of like that where the arm doesn't

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really bend, but the low point is behind and I'm kind of holding that club face open.

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So there are handful of problems that I see with golfers trying to apply supination and

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we'll walk through most of the common ones here.

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The first one I'm going to call more of a swivel.

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So basically they're used to coming through with not full owner deviation.

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So they're used to coming into the ball with the club kind of more like this.

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So then when they start the supination process it has more of a look like that instead

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of a look like that.

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So if you're I have another video where I talk about getting your supination from that

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arm extension because if you're in a rotated position and then you just extend the arms

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the club is naturally going to un or rotate the opposite direction when I extend the arms.

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Oftentimes golfers block that movement by extending the arms and kind of holding it off

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and not letting it supinate.

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But ideally most of the supination is going to come walled from the arm extension.

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So if you're not getting full on hinge which is part of that arm extension then the club

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will get steep when you go into more of a supination pattern and you'll tend to have kind

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of clunky chunk misses like that.

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The second pattern that's very similar is doing it more from the shoulder.

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So basically doing more of a shoulder internal rotation kind of like this instead of getting

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it mostly from the forearm.

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So that will look similar to that first pattern except I might have that good early extension

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or sorry, only deviation and then I might if I do it more from the shoulder still from that

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position hit more of a pole style shot where I'm just getting a little steep and rotating

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it through kind of like that.

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So doing it more from the shoulder instead of from the forearm or from the wrist.

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The next one is probably one of the most common which is doing it right at the golf wall

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doing getting to maximum supination right at the golf wall instead of trying to finish the

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supination at the end of the release.

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Many golfers like say a Jordan's speed who looks like he's kind of holding it off reach

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is a high level over a hundred degrees of supination if I remember correctly.

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But he reaches his maximum supination way up here.

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Now you might be thinking well why does it matter what I'm doing up there?

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Well what you're doing up there reflects the movement pattern that you did through the ball.

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So if he's doing it longer and straight and kind of more gradually to get to there that's

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going to produce a very different pattern than if I got to that maximum supination right

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down at the ball.

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So many golfers and like I said this is probably the most common.

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Try to do it all at once down at the ball and end up hitting really low pull shot.

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The other the cousin or the similar pattern to that is stalling the body instead of having

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the body continue to rotate through with that supination.

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So on the next one I'm just going to let the supination continue all the way up until

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here but I'm making sure that when I get to that position my body is facing the target.

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So if you're struggling with applying supination it's probably one of those few key movements.

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Either you're not only deviating so you're getting more on top of it kind of like this

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or you're doing it more with a lunge and kind of shoulder movement or you're doing it

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all at once or you're doing it with your body stalling instead of your body continuing

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to rotate on the way through.

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You work on getting that smooth supination matched with the body rotation on the way through.

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It tends to keep the path going wide longer, tends to really improve low point contact,

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tends to be a little bit more repeatable.

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So hopefully this helps you if you're struggling with getting some width in the follow-through

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because of lack of supination.

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