Squaring The Club Face Explained
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The two major ways to square the club face are shaft rotation and in plane shaft movement. When you use the upper body to power the swing, the in-plane method will feel more natural to square the face. When you use the body to power the swing, the shaft rotation will feel more natural to square the face. Learning when to use each method will give you a big leg up on your skills with a driver compared to an iron.
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The drill is the two major ways to square the club face.
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So there are lots of different ways that you can classify this wing and one of the ways
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that I like to classify it is if you tend to be more of an upper body dominance wing
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or you tend to be more of a lower body dominance wing.
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When you start getting into different preferences and biases, you'll tend to see that lower
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body dominance wing tends to do better with the longer clubs like the driver's three
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would, long irons, tend to see that the upper body dominance wing tends to do with the
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shorter clubs, kind of eight iron through wedges.
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Now they have slightly different ways of controlling low point and things that work around
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But you'll see that the best golfers in the world are able to kind of oscillate between
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one versus the other just as a really good tennis player is able to hit a really powerful
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ground stroke and then hit a volley when they need to.
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So when we look at these two different swing patterns, we'll see that there's different ways
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of squaring the club face as the dominant movement.
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If you tend to be more upper body dominance, you will tend to get steep with the shaft.
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So it will tend to require less body rotation and it will tend to require a little bit
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of kind of standing up into or lunging to help control the low point.
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If this kind of a little bit steeper arm movement, kind of like so, if you were to then
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motorcycle, you will tend to have really diggy contact and take really steep divots.
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So the way that you'll tend to see the more common approach if you tend to be more upper
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body dominant is to square the face more with the supination kind of like this.
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So you've seen a lot of golf books and golf instructors talk about this style of release.
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It just doesn't match up with what the best drivers in the golf ball do or what the most
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consistent ball strikers do when they're hitting a longer clubs.
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They may feel that but 3D is kind of revealed that that's not necessarily the case.
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So if you're going to get more upper body dominant, then feeling a little bit more of
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the tumble or feeling a little bit more of the club working through this supination
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kind of like this can work really well for hitting the ball solidly, given a couple
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One, making sure that I'm not really firing my lower body or getting too open.
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Number two, making sure that my arm is pretty straight and impact.
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So I'm not going to have a ton of rotation inside that.
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That's all finding good for the shorter shots where it's okay to have a little bit steeper
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angle to tack but it's going to give me lots of problems when I get into the longer clubs.
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So with the longer clubs, one of the hallmarks of the body centered swing is you're going
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to have a little bit more of this arm shallowing.
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So instead of the arm's working kind of steeply, you're going to tend to have more of
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this arm shallowing movement.
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With this arm shallowing movement, it's going to be very difficult for me to continue
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rotating and supinate hard enough early enough in order to square the club face.
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So I tend to need more of this shaft rotation and I tend to need more of this motorcycle
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So when I start getting into shallow and powering it more with the body, I'm going to
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have this motorcycle movement and then it will kind of gradually blend into that supination
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A lot of golfers describe it and 3D will tend to show that that motorcycle movement
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and the shaft rotation tends to be a little bit more dominant when you're using more
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of the body centered approach.
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If you're struggling with controlling the club face or getting the ball controlling the
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face to path relationship, you should look at these two methods for squaring the club face.
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Even with the arm dominance weighing, if you're going to have some body power, you're
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going to have some motorcycle.
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It's just not going to be quite as much as if you were doing more of the body driven,
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the Adam Scott's Justin Rose, Roy McRoy, Dustin Johnson, all those really elite ball
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So you can play around drill-wise with working between the two.
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So you can see, okay, if I was to go more in this pattern, what would happen if I got
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really aggressive with my body, I would tend to hit kind of more of a snap hook.
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So that's not going to work.
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I need to have a little bit more shallow arms, just kind of the opposite and having a little
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bit more of that motor cycle so that I can hit a little bit more of that push draw.
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So then I can play around with the opposite, I can get a little bit more vertical and
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work with the arms kind of like so.
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So there's my kind of arm dominant swing really pulling with my arms and now I'm going
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to feel a little bit more of that tumble or I'm going to feel more of that supination
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in order to balance that.
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I'm going to just let my upper body kind of drift a little bit more on top of the golf
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ball instead of having that really good bracing that really good pivot.
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What I would feel is if I got a little bit steeper and arm dominant and I motor cycle,
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you can hear, well, hey, I think I shank that a little bit, but be you can hear and I
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could totally feel the club just wanting to dig into the ground.
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So part of the beauty of the motor cycle is it tends to help you want to shallow out
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to avoid hitting the ground which gets you more body centered body driven, which helps
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with the longer clubs, but there is a time in a place for having more of this arm tumble
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method of squaring the club base.
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So if you're confused with how to control the club base, hopefully this drill helps you
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understand the two major forms either rotating the shaft or using the entire shaft to move
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the path, those two methods will help close the club base and you have to make sure that
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you're not applying the wrong one or else it's definitely going to call you cause you
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contact and ball flight issues with one end of the spectrum either the short clubs or the
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