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Wipe Analysis - Back Side Visual

The wipe movement is getting the arms in front of the body during the downswing. It can also be through of extending the arms through the ball instead of at the ball. It helps eliminate hooks, fat shots, and toe shots while helping create a flat spot after the golf ball. If you have trouble visualizing the wipe movement, this video may help.

Tags: Poor Contact, Chicken Wing, Draw vs Fade, Iron, Impact, Follow Through, Release, Analysis, Concept, Advanced, Intermediate

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In this analysis video, we're going to take a look at the white movement from the back view.

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I think the white movement is one of the hallmarks of a really good release.

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It's been referred to by other instructors as getting the arms back in front of your body,

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the extending the arms in front of the golf ball. I think of it as both the position of the

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arms as well as the timing and the arms working a little bit more

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or extending through the ball instead of at the ball and the arms specifically the upper arms

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or the elbows getting more in front of your body. When you do that, it helps eliminate

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fat shots and it helps eliminate hook shots. So it's a very helpful movement for a lot of

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highly skilled golfers. It also allows you to use your body a little bit more powerfully

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rotationally and again, not struggle with contact issues or overdraws.

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So we're going to look at a number of different examples of golfers from this back view and we're

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going to highlight specifically where the right arm is in space compared to the body.

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Unfortunately, I don't have a really good 3D parameter for looking at the white movement,

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so I can't just put up some graphs and show a clear pattern.

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But I think that it can be helpful to look at it from this back view perspective.

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Many golfers struggle to see the subtle differences between kind of an amateur style of

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a release and a tour style of a release, but I think this view can help.

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So we're just going to look at where is the right arm compared to the body.

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We're going to use a couple of different references or checkpoints,

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but I guess the main one we're going to look at is when the golf club is roughly

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shaft parallel to the ground somewhere in here. How much of the right arm can we see?

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So as we go back up towards this hop of the swing, you'll see that dust and here over on the left

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gets his arm more or less just to the side of his pack, but not all the way on the side of his

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ribgage. Now as he starts down, you'll see that we can clearly see that arm

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starting to work in front and that elbow is actually disappearing well before he gets the club to

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parallel. He's probably the golfer who exaggerates this movement most, but I think it's no

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coincidence that that's part of why he's such an elite ball striker. Over here on the right,

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we've got Ricky Fowler and you can see that during his transition his early movement,

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the arm gets a little bit behind his ribs. You can see some of the tries up getting

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on the backside of the ribgage there, but he does a great job of delaying the straightening of his

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arms while his arms start to work more in front. So here we are again at that chat parallel checkpoint.

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You can see that about half the elbow has disappeared. I'm not really picky as far as how much of

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the arm has disappeared. The more that the arm is in front of you, the more that you will tend to have

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a look of really good left arm extension on the way through and the more that you can see this

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right arm, the more you'll tend to have a look of the arms getting bunched on the way through

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or chicken winging or scooping. We'll take a look at a couple examples of both elite golfers as

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well as amateur who tend to have more of that pattern. Again, seeing by about the time he gets the

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club to shaft parallel, you can see that the elbow is starting to get in front and then the other

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checkpoint that can be helpful is when the golf ball is actually being struck, can you see any of the right

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arm. There are a number of twerpurs where yes you can still see some of their arm and they will have a

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little bit more of a roll look to their release, but many of the elite ball strikers you'll see

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their right arm is almost completely disappeared when they're making contact with the golf ball.

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The only way that would happen is if the right arm is more in front of the body.

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There is virtually nothing you could do with your body that would guarantee that the arm is going

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to get out in front of you, so I think this is a helpful movement that you actually have to train.

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I thought the most helpful thing to do in this video would be to just show a variety of different

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examples and and relate it to what we're trying to do, but mostly just show a bunch of examples

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so that you can start to visualize how this movement could work. I also want this to help you

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understand why I advocate not letting that right arm get too far behind your body at the top of the swing.

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If the goal is to get it back out in front of your body, as you can see, Moneurman here on the left

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demonstrating pretty well, by the time the shaft is parallel, you can see that the more that it gets

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behind or wrapped around your body that's going to add an extra level of kind of challenge during

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that transition. Over here on the right is the video that actually inspired this video. I was talking

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with a student of mine and he was talking about how the right arm gets onto your side and just kind of

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stays there and he actually talked about this specific video because you can see that Sergio

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gets that his arm almost on the backside similar to what we saw with Ricky, but now you'll see that

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by about the time the club is parallel, which is somewhere in here. You can see that that arm is

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worked from behind his body to in front and you can relate that to the timing of when it's straightening.

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So you can see that his arm is straightening through this phase, but it's also working across his body.

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That's why I refer to it as the timing and direction in the arms. If it's working

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across his body as it's straightening, then it's going to have a feel or an appearance of the

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arms extending out in front of the golf ball through there instead of at the golf ball.

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There are few more examples. We've got Michelle Wee over here on the left and we'll see

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that she hits the arm in front checkpoint and then by the time she gets the impact,

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there's virtually no appearance of that right arm because it's worked a little bit more out in front

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of her body instead of releasing more behind her body around the right half and that helps get that look

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of the arm extension on the way through the good width on the way through. Next we'll look at

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Tiger Woods over here on the right. This is from 2009 back at Hazelteen. So prior to some of his injuries,

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he's had a laundry list, but prior to some of his injuries, and you can see that arm working

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nicely in front of his body. That was one of his early coaching cues with butch of trying to

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get the arms in front of his body. Now he did it by trying to slow down his body, but you can also

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do it by trying to actively move the arms. You'll see that by he gets by the time he gets

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to impact there, you can see very little of that right arm. Now we have two elite level ball

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strikers who don't demonstrate that movement quite as well as some of the others. We've got Henry

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Stinson over on the right and Louis Oostace on the left, and we'll see that as Henry gets down

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to about shaft parallel, you can see that that arm is behind his body of it. You can see that the

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front or the inside part of the elbow is started to disappear. So it's not as dramatic as some of the

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amateurs that we're going to see here in a second, but you'll see that when he makes context with

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the golf ball, you can still see a little bit of his elbow. Now it's important to note that Henry

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has one of a higher amounts of lower body lateral slide, and so when the lower body slides that far

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from the setup or from the top of the swing to impact, it's going to be harder to keep the arm

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out in front. That's part of the reason why a lot of golfers who have a slide and buckle will

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tend to have the look of more of a scoop or a lease, because they're, you know, not doing the

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white movement, and therefore they slide to make up for it, or they're sliding, so if they did the

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white movement, they'd be too steep, and therefore they can't have a great looking release pattern.

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So here we have Louis Oostayz and gets it a little bit more on the side of the body.

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But then you'll see he, he does make it pretty close to that checkpoint where by the time he makes

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contact, the majority of that right him is going. There's just a little bit of a, kind of a glimmer of

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that right arm. So hopefully this helps you visualize what I mean when I say I want you to get those

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arms working a little bit more in front of your body. You can see a number of examples of

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lead level ball strikers and how they, and kind of a little checkpoint on how they accomplish that.

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Now let's take a look at a couple amateurs so you can see what is typically happening with more

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of a 90s golfer as they're entering their release.

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All right, so I got a couple different amateur examples that I filmed last week. Just wanted to have a few

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of a few examples to be able to compare with what's going on with the torque row. And the one over here

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on the left is actually what inspired the video he was talking about that Sergio video.

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Now what you'll see is from the top of the swing, you'll see that arm wants to straighten

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quickly and you'll see that when we get to that shaft arrow, a checkpoint, there's a fair amount

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of daylight here. Right, we can see that the arm is nowhere near in front of his body and it's not

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even up against the side, it's well off to the side. Over here on the right we have a golfer who

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at the time had not broken 100. I'm happy to say that he's not only broken 100, he's broken 90.

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Pretty proud to hear that. But we can see kind of a similar distance at space when we get to that

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and now if we compare or if we look at kind of the straightening of the arms, you can see that his arm

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is straightening while it's more or less behind his body. And so when he makes contact, which is

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that frame there, you can still see almost both of the points of the elbow. So that right arm is

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well behind his body compared to what we were seeing with most of the torque rows. Similar thing

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here, if we get it to making contact, you can see there's roughly three points or three

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bonely landmarks that make up the visual appearance of the elbow and you can see two of them. You can see

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the main point and the outside of the right arm as he's making contact. So in both these cases,

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you see the right arm is more behind the body and so as a release or as a result you'll see a little

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bit more of a scoop style release. Now I wanted to add one more little point, which is using video

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to monitor your progress. Many images when I show them what I consider improvements on video,

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they'll be disappointed that it's still in the same pattern. You have to get skilled at being

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if you're going to coach yourself and you're going to use video, you have to get skilled at being

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and detective and being able to identify when things are moving in the right direction. So here we have

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the same golfer. You can see that his little practice move is getting used to that feeling of that

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arm in front. Now his brain still has to figure out how to control low point and how to hit the golf ball

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from there. So it's going to want to revert more towards his normal pattern. But you can see if we get

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him to about the same shaft position, which is probably that frame there. You can see that the amount

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of space has been decreased and now if we get him down towards impact, so we'll go that frame just

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before impact and we get this one to that frame just before impact, which is there. You can see that

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more of the right arm has disappeared over here on the right. So while you could look at this and say

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yeah, but he's still doing the same pattern, you can see that it's trending in the right direction

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and with so it shows that the drills he's using will help shape the swing in the direction that we

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wanted to go and we should be able to get the results of less hook shots, less fat shots that we're

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trying to achieve. So hopefully this video helps you visualize and start to understand the white

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movement of getting the arm's in front of your body, specifically the upper arms and the right

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elbow in front of your body during the downswing so that when you extend your arms during the release

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it's extending more out in front of the golf ball that helps delay the closing of the club face

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so eliminate hooks and it helps control low point so eliminate fat shots. This should also help

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you see that if the goal is to get those arms back in front of your body, having your arms closer

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to in front of your body at the top of the swing should make the movements you're trying to do

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during transition and ultimately preparing for the release, it should make those movements

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that much easier.

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