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Unhinge Longer

Some golfers really struggle with a chicken wing, or arm bend, in the follow-through position. This is almost always accompanied by a rehinging of the wrists too early. For some golfers, working on the unhinging part is easier than the arm straight part. In this video, we break down the timing of the unhinge in the follow-through and the idea of keeping the unhinge past follow-through position.

Tags: Poor Contact, Follow Through, Drill

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This rail is unhinged longer.

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So many golfers struggle with getting into a really good follow-through position where

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there's lots of width.

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What'll tend to happen is the arms will have a look of bending and you'll just see

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these angles kind of collapsing in.

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Or you'll tend to see more of this look of the arms rotating over too much, typically

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because of what's happening with the shoulder.

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That is not necessarily supination.

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That's just too much shoulder rotation with a little bit of bend causing the path to

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pass or flip too quickly.

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So oftentimes, one of the thoughts that works well at solving both of those looks on video

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is the feeling of unhinging longer.

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And so I typically do this mostly with the left wrist until the right wrist has a feel

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because some guys really feel it more in the right wrist.

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But feeling like the left wrist is going to be unhinged, kind of like this.

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And we're going to take supination out for a second.

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I'm just going to keep my elbow here, I'm unhinged.

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And I'm going to feel if I can get just a little bit of wrist extension while staying unhinged.

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If you have a tendency to come up really quickly like this, that will have more of a

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look where the club is exiting and this arm tends to get really narrow quickly.

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Where if I unhing and then let it pass and then let it hinge up, you'll tend to see two things.

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From this face on view, you'll tend to see more width.

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And from the down the line view, what you'll see is if I do the bad one, this arm will

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have more of a bend look to it.

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If I do more of that extension longer and let it feel like it almost rotates, staying

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passing the hand while staying in line, if I have more of that feel, it will tend to exit

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more left or I'll be able to have that left arm kind of more in line with the shaft plane.

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So if you have more of this look of Stahlflip, even though you're in a really good position

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here, oftentimes it's just feeling that wrist state unhinged a little bit longer.

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So if I take that to a 9-3, I'm going to try and stay unhinged all the way to there.

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So I'm going to try to resist the club coming up and it's hard to do nothing.

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So while I'm keeping it unhinged, I'm going to feel like it releases just a little bit

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after impact while staying down.

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So it's going to go more this way or it's going to stay down and have a little bit

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of form rotation.

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But it's not going to re-hing.

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So we'll do that again.

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So I'm going to keep that unhinged all the way down through there.

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Now as I start to add speed, I'm going to feel like it stays down all the way until there.

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And in order to keep that, I'm probably going to feel a lot more shoulder or chest rotation.

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So I'm going to keep that unhinged all the way until the club is pointing behind me at

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the road.

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So that's going to emphasize keeping that width on the way through.

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Again, if I need some movement to do, so it doesn't feel like I'm just locking it,

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then it's going to feel like I'm letting the club release while it's longer.

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That tends to produce a wide bottom of this wing in a really shallow position.

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If you tend to get more dig, then there's a good chance that you're re-hinging this wrist

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a little bit quicker.

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So then if we go more into full swing but slowly, it's going to again tend to feel like

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that staying down but not passing my body as it rotates.

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I have had people describe where if you're used to re-hinging and you get it more

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down, then feeling like this left-raise passes can almost feel like this right wrist

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is more of a throw.

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I think that's part of where kind of the gym hardy, one plane release of kind of flipping

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like this came from is if you keep the older deviation and you feel a little bit of this

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after impact or through the ball, it will tend to feel a little bit more of a flex of

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this wrist as the lead arm is staying down rotating.

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So this is a really subtle but useful pattern for helping clean up that follow-through

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position or the end of your 9-to-3.

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If you tend to have either those looks that I describe where it's a little bit more like

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bent and turned over here or it's a little bit more kind of rolled over like this or if

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you tend to feel more of kind of like a shock and flip if it feels more kind of like

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hitting and there's a lot of wrist action down at the bottom then working on this unhinging

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longer or all the way until the end of the follow-through position can be really useful

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for cleaning up ground contact.

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So try that if you have a little bit of width restriction in your follow-through position.

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