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Visualizing Arm Extension - Timing & Direction

Many golfers struggle with the proper timing and direction of the release, especially when it comes to the differences between a chip/pitch and a full shot. To help with this, I will setup (2) alignment sticks, as seen in the video, and have players focus more on their arm extension. 

Ideally, the alignment sticks should provide a simple visual cue for the proper release patterns, while quickly providing feedback on the right and wrong movements, depending on the club that is being used. 

Ultimately, the timing and direction of the release, or extension of the arms, varies depending on the length of club and type of shot being played. Overall, golfers who can manage these differences should become more effective from tee to green and feel more comfortable with every club in the bag. 

Playlists: Train Your Release

Tags: Poor Contact, Iron, Pitch, Chip, Release, Drill, Intermediate

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This video is visualizing arm extension timing and direction.

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So visualization I like to put stuff on the ground or in space to help you

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your brain kind of imagine and conceptualize what we're trying to do.

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One of the areas that I see golfers kind of struggle with is where and when to extend

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the arms.

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So if we go through kind of the delivery position series, your arms will be kind of

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in this loaded position and then you're going to extend them out in front of you

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kind of like that.

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Now in the full swing, so with a iron or the later the club, the more after the golf

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ball it's going to be, in the full swing, I'm going to tend to have a feeling of almost

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I'm extending more in the direction of that purple stick.

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So I'm not extending straight out in front of my body or rather when I'm my arms extend

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straight out of my body, my body is facing that way.

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So when it comes to a chip shot pitch shot, that will tend to create too much

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shaffling if I extend them out there.

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On a chip shot pitch shot, I'm going to tend to extend the arms more out in front of my

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body on this red stick back here and then have everything come through together on the

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way through.

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So we'll try to demonstrate a couple of these with the right arm only style.

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So if I get into that good position, you could see the timing of my arm straightening

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was more in the direction of that purple stick.

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If I switch to more of a chip shot or wedge style, then you'll see it's going to extend

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before the ball or more along the direction of that right stick.

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So many golfers, especially those who struggle with the longer clubs, kind of battle the

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timing of trying to throw and extend the arms there in order to get the club down to the

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golf ball or in order to square the face.

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But if you're working on getting a little bit better sequencing a little bit better

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motorcycle for the longer club, you'll also have to incorporate a timing where the arms

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are standing later, more in the direction of the purple stick.

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So it can be helpful to have both clubs handy.

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You'll put them down instead of resting them on you.

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But with the full swing, if I'm trying to have more of a leading edge contact, which I'm

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going to do with every full swing, if I want to have that leading edge contact, I need

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to have my body turn rotated facing open so that then when my arms extend, that was influenced

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from the club.

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So that when my arms extend, they do so after the golf ball.

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So whatever with the chip shot or pitch shot, if I really get my body open, you can see

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that the club is too high coming into the golf ball.

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And there's no way I'm going to get a bounce to make contact with the ground.

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Instead, I need to have a feeling of those arms much earlier, almost like they're

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starting straight away and extending so that I feel like it's getting kind of straight

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through there and then everything coming through together.

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So they're very different timings between the wedge shots and the full swing.

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And this visual sometimes can help you tie in the differences of when those timings should

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relate.

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