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Shaft parallel is a great place to analyze your clubface. If you compare the clubface to the hand orientation at this position in the backswing and downswing, you can usually determine if you need to tweak your grip or if you need to adjust your arm motions during the swing.
Tags: Poor Contact, Not Straight Enough, Concept
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Okay, in this concept video, we're going to discuss the wrist movements versus the grip
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for club-based control.
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So there are three main factors for where is the club-based pointing in your swing.
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One is, how did you set up with your hands on the club?
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Did you set up with the top of your wrist more on the right side?
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Did you set up with it more on top?
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This is what we refer to as stronger weak with either hand.
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So if the hands are more on top, this is in a weak position, which just means that as
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you extend the arms, you will see the club-based tends to come back pointing more to
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the right or with more loft.
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The more that you put your hands on the side on the trail side or underneath.
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Now as your arms release out in front of you, the club will tend to de-loft or come in more
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Call that a strong grip.
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So how I set up with my hands is one factor, but then how I use my hands is the other.
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So if I set up with my hands like this and I twist my wrist or bow my wrist, the more
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that I do, these movements that twist the club, that tends to close the club-based.
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So those are the two main ones that I can influence the grip with.
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The third one is shaffling or body position.
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So the problem is I don't want to adjust that one too much because it impacts contact
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more than just what I'm doing with my hands.
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So by getting the good merry-go-round, by getting into a good impact position, that puts
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the club head ahead of the golf ball, creating the shaffling.
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And if I don't change anything, that shaffling typically opens the club-based somewhere
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in the 20-degree range.
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20-30 degrees is what I usually say.
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So then I either have to balance that by setting up with a stronger grip or by twisting
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the club-based clothes.
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If I want to try to figure out which one I want to change, I can look at the references
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of a shaff parallel.
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So if I look at the takeaway and I look at the club-based there, this gives me a sense of
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where the club-based is compared to the grip.
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And then if I compare it on the way down, that gives me a sense of what did I do with
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my hands to square the club.
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But that last parallel checkpoint is a really kind of easy way to see, do I need to adjust
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if the ball's not flying straight or I'm struggling with low point because I'm not squaring
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the club-based appropriately.
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That last parallel checkpoint looking at it both in the takeaway and comparing it to the
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down swing is a great way to figure out should I change my grip or is it something
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that's happening with my swing?
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Many times I've had lots of situations where golfers are slicing the ball and they say,
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you know, should I strengthen my grip and we'll look at it on video and at this point
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here the club-based is actually pointing more towards the ground and kind of like this.
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But then they tend to have more of this hold-off kind of scoop-style release which it's
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more of a push-fade.
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So by changing the grip that wouldn't really do the best long-term solution of correcting
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what is causing the club-based open because we looked at the timeline.
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It wasn't open until the release happened.
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So hopefully this video helps you figure out if you're struggling with your curve, be smart
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about it and look at the timeline or look at the checkpoint so you can figure out how
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am I going to adjust my club-based?
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Am I going to do it with a little grip change?
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Am I going to do it with different hand movements or am I going to do it by working on the
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motorbike or the merry-go-round and my pivot drill?
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There's your three ways to really impact the club-based control and when you find your
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balance you will ultimately have smooth and consistent club-based control and you'll be
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able to shape your shots hopefully within a reasonable amount of curve.