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Imagine you have a swing that produces the following situation.
- Club face open
- Steep arm movements
- Cast sequence
- Body stalls through impact
- Flip release
You may have a hard time deciding where to start, but if you think about what each movement does to the face and path then the answer might be easier than you think. If a golfer needs to work on shaft rotation, I almost always start with it early in the learning process.
Playlists: Fix Your Cast, Fix Your Early Extension, Fix Your Slice, Motorcycle Move Training, Fix Your Chicken Wing (Bent Arm @ Impact), Understand Your Swing Plane/Path
Tags: Poor Contact, Early Extension, Chicken Wing, Cast, Transition, Concept, Intermediate
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This video is addressing why you might want to start with the motorcycle.
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So many golfers come into working on their golf swing from, let's say, a homegrown swing,
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and they've got a few issues that they've got to work on.
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Oftentimes I hear, you know, I get really steep clubs kind of like this.
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I need to work on shallowing it.
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Oftentimes I hear, I early extend, you know, hips kind of move in towards the golf
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I work on staying down or get to impact and my right arm's too straight and my butt
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So I got to work on rotating my body or one of the more common ones.
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I know I've got a flip shaft is vertical just like this.
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I need to get a little bit more shaffling.
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But I rarely, rarely hear someone come in and say, you know what?
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I need to work on twisting the club and closing the face a little bit earlier.
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And here's why I might suggest that that's one of the early things that you work on.
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If you are reading the feedback and you're starting with, you know, what's my ball
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flight, what's my contact flight?
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Like very often you are going to find that you want one of those other things.
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You may want to shallow the club.
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You may want to get more body rotation.
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You may want to get more shaffling.
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Those are all really good things for helping produce a swing that has more flats by, a little
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bit more consistency, more body power, all good things.
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But they also have one thing in common.
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They all open up the club face.
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So many of the good movements that you are going to want to work on are going to create
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leg and are going to create shaffling and are going to cause a club face to go from here
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to there and point more out to the right.
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So many times I'll humor the student and we'll work on whatever it is that they want
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to work on.
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And we'll see that they'll hit the ball thin or possibly even on the heel, maybe even
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shank or they'll hit it just off to the right.
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And then what they'll usually end up doing is they'll end up scooping, standing up,
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stalling the rotation, getting steeper, all ways to re-close the club face.
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So I often help golfers work on rotating the club or working on that motorcycle early
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in the swing and early in the learning process.
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It's usually one of the first things that I'll work on because it almost always produces
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a more crisp or solid contact because it helps create some shaffling, it helps bring
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up compression or ring down spin loft.
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But the other thing it does is it gives them the skill of knowing how to rotate the club face
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clothes so that when we shallow if they hit it right I can say hey just twist it a little
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more and they know what I'm talking about.
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Or if they get better body rotation and they hit it a little right or they hit it a little
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thin I can say go ahead and close the club face.
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So having the skill that you're going to need before you need it is a great way to approach
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the learning process and many of the good body things and good arm things during the
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down swing open the club face and you really have two major options for squaring it or
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One is twisting the shaft that motorcycle movement and the other is the scoop, the scoop
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works well with short irons and wedges but it doesn't really work too well with the
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So if you're looking at it from a long-term approach it may make sense for you to work
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on the skill of closing the club face first by using the motorcycle.
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If you do so then any shot that flies pretty straight or has a little bit of a draw to
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it should be taken as a success and then you can figure out which of the pieces you may
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need in order to get it to the go less left.
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Perhaps it's more Jackson 5x is still perhaps it's more arm-shallowing perhaps it's more
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white movement but you'll at least have the tool in place to be able to use those good
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downswing movements that open the face if you already know how to rotate it closed.