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Ulnar Deviation - Down, Not Down The Plane

I recently received a member question regarding a phrase I have used in one of our ulnar deviation or "unhinge" training videos. As a refresher, it is important to remember that ulnar deviation is one of the big arm shallowers; it helps keep the club wide & away from the body in transition and it is key for creating a good "flat-spot". Unfortunately, many golfers have been taught to retain this hinge in an effort to increase "lag" and distance. However, this will often lead to a flip-stall release and consistency problems.

Ultimately, we want to remember that the unhinge works vertically and not "down the plane". That is, we want to avoid unhinging towards the ball; it should work up & down, while the delivery of the club into impact will be driven more by our body/pivot. If you have been working on this pattern, but are still struggling with pulls and steep contact, this clarification may help. 

Playlists: Train Your Release, Unhinge in the release

Tags: Release, Member Question, Intermediate

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This concept video is older deviation down, not down the plane.

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So I had a member question about one of the phrases that I used in one of the older deviation video.

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So, older deviation or the unhinging movement is one of the big arm shallower.

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It helps get the club wide away from your body.

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And it's a key component to releasing the club and building a flat spot down at the bottom of the swing.

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Many golfers kind of have been beaten into submission that you need to retain this hinge as long as you can.

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And if you keep this hinge as long as you can, it almost certainly causes a stall, quick re-hinged on the way through.

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And lots of other issues that can create consistency problems.

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So, we have a few videos working on either the unhing or the older deviation.

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And in one of those videos, I talk about unhinging vertically down versus down the plane.

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And if you unhinges down the plane, it can cause poles.

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So here's what I mean by that.

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If I'm set up and I've got a club, let's say, you know, on a rough swing plane angle,

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then that unhinging movement around delivery position is going to move the club vertically down.

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If when you unhing it's going down the plane, you'll see that I'm actually not really unhinging that much.

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If I were to actually unhing the club would be much lower to the ground right through there.

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So what many golfers do is when they start trying to feel this unhinged, it reflexively becomes more of a throw or more of a cast movement,

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where they're losing the extension of that trail risk too soon.

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Instead of keeping the extension of the trail risk and just unhinging the club vertically down towards the ground like this.

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Now that looks like I'm going to come in really shallow, but if I balance that with body rotation,

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you can see that it would deliver the club pretty much on plane and it would get the club close to the right forearm plane.

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As opposed to if I went down the plane and then got down to the golf ball, you would see that there would still be a pretty good angle between the club shaft and my right forearm.

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And when I add body rotation, I would be much more likely to end up hitting a pole.

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So when you're going through and working on some of these unhinged drills, you'll see that I put the impact bag or I demonstrate it where the club is working vertically down, not down the plane.

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That can clear up some issues if you're getting either, if you're working on unhing and you're getting diggy contact or you're working on the unhing and you're getting pulled over left start lines for a right hand golfer.

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So we'll demonstrate a couple, so we'll do it in first just kind of a pump style like so, and then we can do it in a little bit more of a 9 to 3 without stopping.

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And then we can take it up to a full swing.

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Hopefully that helps clarify your unhinged direction.

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