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Pro Secret #1 - How Pros Shallow the Club
In my 3 Pro Secrets series, you'll learn how the pros shallow the golf club to get on plane, maintain lag and move so fluidly and produce effortless power by moving their body's and arms in one direction, whereas amateurs tend to move in two.
Hi, I'm Chuck Quinton, founder, rotaryswing.com. And today I'm gonna help you learn the key secrets to being a consistent ball striker. If you wanna be consistent, there are two key things that you have to fix first, and they're directly related first.
If you're like most golfers and swing over the top, you have to fix your swing plane. It has to be reasonable. It doesn't have to be perfect. I'm gonna show you how to make it perfect in just a moment, but you have to get it reasonable. And so that you can have the club coming down on plane so the ball can start and stay online.
The second thing is you have to stop casting the club. Now, many of you who, who cast the club and have club head throwaway and are losing lag. You want to get rid of this thing so bad because it's probably been plaguing you for a long time.
And I'm gonna show you today, how to instantly stop casting the club in this simple lesson. Now what I'm gonna share with you today, you've probably never, ever heard anybody else talk about. So make sure you watch till the end of this video, because you need to understand the whole thing to see how to fix your swing.
Now, if you're like most golfers, you probably start the down, swinging with your hands, moving out toward the ball. What does that look like?
If you go to the top of your swing and you look at on video and you see your hands moving this way out toward the ball to start the down swinging, that's a death move.
And there's a couple things that you're doing. I'm gonna share with you in the next video that are causing this to happen. But what I'm gonna share with you first is what this needs to look like.
If you look at the best players in the world, the pros instead of their hands, moving out toward the ball to start the downswing, their hands appear that they're moving straight down. This elusive hand drop this path of the hand movement is a make or break deal in your golf swing.
And you have to learn how to do this, and I'm gonna teach it to you in this video. But first let's take a look at some tour pros, the best players in the world. So we can see this motion in action.
Let's start with Tiger Woods here. And when we contrast with this, with the amateurs in just a moment, this is gonna blow your mind how different it is, but what I'm gonna do first is just play tiger swing here.
And I'm gonna just trace basically the butt of his club, his hand path, as it goes up, and you're gonna see it's gonna do literally the exact opposite of what the amateurs do. And it's gonna look like his hands, actually go straight down as you watch them move through this path.
And in fact, what you'll see is it actually looks like they're moving clockwise. Again. Imagine the clock from your perspective, you're looking at a clock on the wall back behind you. And so clockwise would be this way. Counterclockwise would be rotating this way. So if you watch his hand, you're actually gonna see them travel in a clockwise fashion.
So they're gonna go back on a path that is more outside than what they do on the way down. So you'll see this motion. This is critical.
You can see just how much his hands have moved further, deeper into the down swing. And again, when we look at the amateurs in just a moment that you're gonna probably relate to it's the exact opposite motion. So you may be thinking to yourself, okay, well, that's tiger woods.
I mean, he's one of the greatest of all time. I can't swing like tiger woods. My swing's a lot more unorthodox. Well, Dustin Johnson swing is not exactly what I would call classical, but let's, uh, let's take a look at his hand path here and watch the same thing happen. So you'll see his hands go, uh, in a pretty, a little bit outside on the way back.
But now when it matters, watch what happens as he starts down. First of all, note that the hands, the butt of the club looks like it's just going straight down rather than out this way, which you're gonna see in, in all the amateurs coming up in just a second. But you're going to watch that his hands literally look like the butt of the club just looks like it goes straight down like this.
And again, under where he went back. So you can imagine just this little gentle clockwise loop with the hands gets the club shallowed out and on plane. That's what you need to feel. Now let's take a look at one of the Korda sisters watch, as she goes to the top, you're gonna see the same thing.
If you drew a vertical line down from the butt of the club, straight down to the ground, you'll watch how much the club appears to fall and trace very closely to that line. And when we contrast that with the amateurs that you're gonna see in just a moment that are gonna look very similar to how you probably swing, you're gonna see your hands doing this in the down swing rather than shallowing out.
So in the next section, I'm gonna show you how to do this. Just like the pros.
And you may be thinking, well, no, I have a really short, compact swing like Jon Rahm. Perfect. I love Jon's swing. What an awesome short, powerful swing.
This thing is, watch his hands. So as we go back, we're gonna trace the butt of the club on the way back or the middle of his hands, give or take a little bit. And then as he comes down, you're gonna see the same thing. You see that vertical drop coming down rather than what you're gonna see in just a moment with the hands going out toward the ball, traces that line on the inside, perfectly staying back.
This is critical. And again, you can just visualize this tiny little clockwise loop that I'm gonna teach you how to do in just a moment with the hands. And this is critical. And this is the secret of the pros of looking to, of getting the club to shallow out on a plane.
Look how it drops right through his bicep, through his shoulder, through his bicep, right through his farm, perfect position all by just feeling this little clockwise loop.
So what is it that causes the pros hands to look like they move straight down to start the downswing and nearly every image on the planet does the opposite and their hands moving out. Well, what are some things we could do?
You've probably heard that your hands should just be super passive at the top and your arms should just fall. Well, if that were true, the pros arms would just look really sloppy and loose and it would feel really weak. Of course, nobody's arms look like they're just doing this.
So it's not just being super passive with your arms. Although being relaxed with your arms is important, but you can't just keep them floppy loose. That would feel terrible when you're swing. And of course it wouldn't work. It doesn't produce any power.
That's not what the pros are doing. So instead, what you need to understand is there are two things that cause this, the first is how your body is moving, which I'm gonna talk about later.
But what I want you to know focus on first is if you can read a clock, you can instantly fix the path of your hands and this will instantly lead to more consistency. Fix your swing plane and get you to stop casting the club.
But before I show you this, fix how to instantly stop coming over the top. How to instantly maintain, lag, and fix your swing, plane and path. Let's take a look at some amateur golfers who probably have swing flaws similar to you. So you can see what causes this issue and see, recognize it in your own swing. And then see how we fixed it in just a simple 10 minute golf lesson.
Let's start with a few amateur golfers here. First of all, let's start with the one on the left. You're gonna see the hands going inside. Pretty severely.
A lot of rolling of the clubface clubface is very open now and now you're gonna see the old dreaded lunge over the top. Oh man, this is tough. Ugh. That's a tough swing to recover from. And of course you can see if we trace the hand path, you're gonna see the hands going in this counterclockwise motion severely over the top, the exact opposite of the pros.
So his hand path is going in this direction, which is the exact opposite of the pros. Now let's take a look at this golfer on the right. You're gonna see the same thing. He doesn't take it as severely inside his takeaway's not bad. Clubface isn't rolled open. It's actually even a little bit shut, but you're gonna see the exact same thing.
So here we've got his hands going up. We're gonna trace the butt of the club here and then boom, there's the over the top hand path. Same thing straight over now. How do we look at this?
Imagine again, you're looking at a clock back behind you. And of course, because you're looking at the clock, the camera angle, the clock is gonna be reversed. So the numbers would be looking this way.
So this would be 12 o'clock, three o'clock would be over here. This is very tricky to draw these numbers backwards. I'm not gonna lie, but I think we got it figured out. So now the clock from your perspective, clockwise would be this way, but you can clearly see that Mark's hands in this case are moving counterclockwise. The opposite. His hands would were tracing the clock going this way. And that is a death move in the swing.
And this is what causes you to come over the top. You're gonna see the same stuff that you see in every high handicap. You can probably recognize this. You can see he's starting to come down, losing lag. The club shaft should be shallowing out through his bicep under his shoulder, getting through his forearm here.
But unfortunately that's not gonna happen. It's going right through his left form over the top. Gonna have a little chicken wing here and the old dreaded flip, take another, another, look at another golfer here on the left. And we will see once again the same thing.
So in, in this golfer's case, she's actually doing a great job with the takeaway, which once again shows you that if you can have a perfect takeaway, it doesn't really make much of a difference. If you don't understand the overall movement. So back swing stuff, doesn't look too bad.
But if we trace the butt of the club and her hand path again, you see the change of direction. You saw it right there, that little hitch, and now look where her hands are going again, counterclockwise straight over the top.
Now the club's going through her head and through her left arm, instead of down here where it should be to get down on playing through her right arm. Now it's severely over the top. Clubface wide open. Clubface still looking almost 80 degrees, right?
So you've got the dreaded over the top. Wow, slice here. You're gonna hit it off the toe. That feels terrible. Her hands are all stuck in close to her body here. No power wide open face can't release the club. Another golfer will look at, see the same stuff happening here. You're gonna see hand takeaway, not too bad here, but hands going a little bit inside.
So now from here, the tendency again is going to be to come straight over the top with that counterclockwise motion and you see it right there. So now he's doing the same thing. This is gonna cause him to cast the club scoop, look at his body.
You can't even tell he's at impact here. His body looks dead square. So he is just using all arms and hands. Now let's take a look at a student who went through a simple 10 minute lesson that I'm gonna share with you as you go through these videos and you're gonna see for yourself just how simple it is to fix these things and fix this hand pass. So watch here. So as he goes back, you're gonna see Al takes the club a little bit outside.
So again, he's not taking it way to the inside, like is common for many golfers.
So he's taking it quite a bit outside, pretty upright, and even still with his hands going this far outside, watch what happens as he comes down. So it gets to the top, got high hands, but you can already see that rotation, right? You can already see it starting to move out this way.
His hands are moving out toward the ball out toward the target line. And now of course, what do we have the dreaded severe over the top? His hands went counterclockwise still severely. Now he's severely over the top.
Club's way out position here going through his eyeball, not even through his left form, the club should be way over here at this point. Obviously it's over the top, casting it dead. Now, after he went through just a simple 10 minute lesson, watch the club shallow out here as he goes down.
Naturally, as I gave him the simple feeling, the club shallows out and watch how it drops down through the shoulder, down through the bicep, down through the form on plane from the inside a thousand times better
All through this simple change. As I mentioned earlier, I'm gonna talk about the body movements that cause you to swing over the top and cast in the club in the next video. But for now, what I wanna talk about is to keep it really simple, how to get your hands to move properly.
And all you have to do is be able to read a clock. It's that simple. As soon as you can understand the movement, the direction of movement in relationship to a clock, you're going to be able to instantly stop casting the club and swing it over the top.
So if you're right-handed, that's how I'm gonna explain this. I'm gonna explain everything as of right-handed. So if you're lefthanded, just transpose this to say the opposite of what I'm saying. If you're right- hand, which most golfers are, all you need to think about is a clock in front of you.
That you're up on a wall. And from your perspective, reading that clock, I want you to understand clockwise movement versus counterclockwise movement. If you can put that in your brain, this is all gonna be super simple because if you're casting the club and swinging over the top or you're swing, plane is off and steep and you're losing your posture, which we'll talk about in the next video, then all you need to do is switch the direction of movement with your hands.
Now, what do I mean by that? So if you're typically like most golf, offerers going a little bit inside per se. And then you go over the top to start down from your perspective. If you're imagining again, the clock on the wall behind you, what direction would your hands be moving to do this movement?
Well, they'd be moving counterclockwise right now. I'm exaggerating this of course, but this is not uncommon for amateur golfers to have their hands go inside up and then over.
So how would you change that you would move clockwise with your hands. All you need to do is keep your hands moving in a subtle clockwise circle. I'm gonna exaggerate this at first to make it easier to see, but rather than going counterclockwise, I'm now going clockwise.
What happens to the club? Is it on plane? Is it right through my form? Did it shallow out? Not only that it removes the hit instinct from the top. As you go to the top and start wanting to hit hard from the top. It's because you're moving in the wrong direction. If you go clockwise with your hands, the club shallows out, you maintain lag, which I'll show you face on in just a moment. And you no longer have that urge to hit hard from the top. When you look at it from face on watch, what happens to my lag?
Because I'm no longer trying to move my hands in this counterclockwise circle, which forces me to cast the club, forces me to swing over the top. Instead I just visualize my hands, making a slight clockwise circle with my hands.
Like you saw on the pros my wrist also moves in this clockwise circle. So again, think of the wall, the clock on the wall and not only is my, are my hands moving clockwise to trace the clock, but my wrist rotation is clockwise.
So when you see the club, you can imagine 12 o'clock one, o'clock two o'clock three o'clock. That's the movement of my wrist, my elbow, my shoulder, my hands. And when you put this all together, club's on plane. When you look at it from face on, I have lag for days, it's all because I'm teaching you how to move your hands. Just like the pros in a clockwise path, rather than what you're doing now, which is counterclockwise.
And we'll talk more about how this ties into the body movement in the next video, but in for now, practice this feeling, watch yourself in the mirror and you can really exaggerate this at first. It's kind of fun to do it, but it also helps you get the feeling, get out of your rut, that you might be stuck in making the same mistakes over and over again, to really exaggerate it. All the pros make this exact same, move some, do it more extreme than others. S
o if you really wanna take an extreme example, take somebody like Matthew Wolf or Ryan Palmer. They take the club way outside hands go way outside. And then they drop it in. People think Matthew Wolf swing looks really crazy. And even though it is very homegrown and he taught himself this stuff on his own, he's doing the exact same thing. I'm teaching tiger woods is doing the same thing.
Jon Rahm, Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy, they're all doing the same thing. This movement of clockwise movement with your hands and path is what gets the club to shallow out, which gets you to stop casting. The club gets the club on plane, fixes the path. That's how amazing it's. And it's so simple.
All you need to do is go in the mirror and start practicing your hands and your wrist rotation, moving in a clockwise circle for right-handed golfers rather than counterclockwise. So go out in your backyard right now, grab some whiffle balls. Or if you've got a hitting that in the house and just start practicing this feeling, it doesn't have to be big. It doesn't have to be this big exaggerated motion, just do a little subtle change and you'll feel how, oh, the club settles.
It falls it shallows. It drops into the slot and it happens automatically.
And in the next video, I'm gonna show you how to fix your body movement so that you no longer feel the urge to swing over the top and rotate hard. And you're gonna learn how to have effortless power. Just like the pros. Now in the next video, in this series, I'm gonna show you how your body movement is doing the exact opposite of what the best players in the world do. And I'm gonna show you how to instantly correct it. So you start having effortless power.
You're able to use your body correctly and you stop fighting yourself in your swing. So make sure you check this next video in this series, cuz it's gonna completely change the way that you think about how to move your body in the.