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Impact - The big payoff and the most important part of the golf swing.
Why do so many golfers getting into this position? Is it because we are working getting to the result the wrong way? Perhaps.
If you stop and look the one commonality shared among all of the best players in the world, you will see one thing that sticks out the most. A flat left wrist at impact.
It is this common position in the golf swing that produces compression of the ball. We all want compression and that hiss that the golf ball makes once we strike it. But, how do we get into this position.
When learning how to get a flat left wrist at impact, you must work on things in a very slow and isolated manner. Basically, you are going to work from impact backwards.
To start out, it is best to put your body into a proper golf impact position. This will help eliminate any sort of distractions of body movement while you are working to train yourself in a flat left wrist position. To better understand what your body needs to look like at impact, check out “impact alignments - face on”.
Tension of the left wrist is pretty much your worst enemy when it comes to working on your golf release or impact. Grab a tube of toothpaste and take the cap off, and use it as a club for any of the drills I speak of in this article. The goal is to hang onto the toothpaste but not squeeze any out. This will teach you how to eliminate tension and is a great tool to assist you in the process.
Now that you have taken all of the moving parts out of the mix, start without a club. Allow you left arm to swing back outside of your right thigh. When you get to this position, check to make sure your glove logo or watch are facing directly in front of you. Then, allow the arm to fall underneath the shoulder and rotate the knuckles in your left hand so that are facing down to the ground and stop where impact would happen. As a checkpoint, if you were to drill a hole in the palm of your hand, you should be able to see through the hole directly to the ground.
Once you train this slowly, for several reps, add the club back to the mix and use an impact bag to show you the position of your left wrist at impact. It’s that simple.
After you have trained impact for a bit, it is time to add the release. You want the left arm to swing under the left shoulder in a very relaxed manner. Think of your left shoulder as a pivot point and your arm is to swing back and forth under the shoulder as if it were a pendulum. When doing this, some simple checkpoints are to make sure you glove logo or watch, are faced directly in front of you at the 9:00 position and then directly behind you at the 3:00 position. This will trail you to allow the wrist to rotate in a gradual manner and will allow you to eventually feel the club rotate on it’s own, like it was designed to do.
Now that you have trained the release and you are becoming a pro, it is time to add the right hand back to the club. Do this very slowly and allow the wrists to feel as they are rotating just as they were with the left hand in control. Do not allow your body to rotate while doing this. Try to keep the buttons on your shirt facing down at the ball when you add the right hand so that you are not tempted to help push with the right shoulder.
That’s just a simple few checkpoints that will help you get more speed AND more control on the golf course than you ever thought you could have.
To see more information in the best detail possible, check out golf’s best release video ever called “5 Minutes to a perfect release” and get on your way to compression and a tour like impact position every time.
Hey everyone, I'm Rotary Swing Instructor, Chris Tyler. Have you found yourself struggling with getting into a really good impact position? Or have you found yourself struggling working on the release, and never really have been able to figure out if you're doing it right or wrong? Well, today's video's going to be perfect for you because I'm going to show you guys a lot of the common mistakes that we see day to day. I'm going to show you how to correct those mistakes and most importantly, I'm going to give you a detailed list of checkpoints that you're going to look for that are going to help you through this process so that you can get into a good impact position and have a tour quality release every single time.
Okay guys, so the first common mistake that we see when training your impact position or working on your release is the total amount of tension. Now, tension can be our worst enemy when we're working on our release or impact position, because tension can actually slow the club down from doing what it's designed to do. And the club is designed to rotate, and if we are squeezing it really hard it makes it difficult for it to actually want to rotate, and it is also hard for it to square itself up. So what we want to do is we actually want to have a good visualization, we want to have a good way to be able to translate how much pressure we want to be able to have through the hitting area.
And I know we've heard a lot of crazy analogizes out there, like holding a baby bird, but we are going to go back to that old thought process of holding a tube of tooth paste. What I want you to do is, I want you to grab a tube of tooth paste, take the cap off, and anytime your working on, whether it be an impact position or if your working on a release, the goal is that we don't want to squeeze the tooth paste out all over your floor. So try this out. Remember you want to be able to translate how much tension your keeping in there. Slowly put the club back in your hands, and you'll start to feel the golf club rotating like it's supposed to. It's a great way to get into a better impact position. It's a great way to train your release.
Okay guys, so the next common mistakes we see have to do with training the impact position. Now, some of the things that we tend to see here from a lot of players is when they are starting to train to getting into this good impact position is that they tend to set their wrists too much. Okay, so the first movement of the club is just setting the wrist. So, you can see how far I've moved the club here, this is going to be too much leverage, we would never want that much leverage in the golf swing, make it very difficult to get the club releasing and back to square.
Okay, so what we are going to be looking for, a good way to focus on this is start without a club. And our goal is to get our lead wrist out past our trail thigh. Okay so, focus on getting your lead wrist out past your trail thigh and then what you want to do is you want to let the arm feel like it is just kind of falling and rotating and when you finish what your going to be looking for is if you drilled a hole down through the middle of your palm, you can see down into the ground. So you can see here I've got some nice bowing to my lead wrist right here. So train that first. So outside your lead thigh and then see down through your palm. And then your translate it, you'll but the golf club back in your hand, outside the lead thigh and now I can see down here through my palm. Okay so those are two ways to fix the impact position drills and a great way for you to start to understand what you're doing wrong.
Okay guys, so this next common mistake that we see is probably my biggest pet peeve when we're training the release. And we tend to see a lot of golfers trying to get way to much out of this drill, like we're trying to hit the ball way to far. So what I'm talking about here is that we'll see when you're training a release, which should just be like a hip high to hip high area, we'll see the club go back nice and slow and then they'll pull their arm through, and then your finish with your arm way up here like your Jack Nicklaus winning the masters. Okay what we are trying to do here is we want to keep things relaxed, if your yanking your arm through the hitting area chances are the club face is going to be late to rotate and your going to hit the ball out to the right.
So what we are going to be looking for here, try to feel what we are going accomplish when we put the club back in, is think of your lead shoulder as a pivot point that's nailed to a wall. Now I want your arm to just swing from that pivot point. So the amount of energy that you use to get your wrist out past your trail thigh, is the amount of energy I want you to use getting it to go to the other side. So it should look really relaxed. So what I want you to do is I want you to train that. Think of your shoulder as a pivot point, we don't want to pull the arm, you want to feel that as a pendulum, you can use a metronome if you want there are apps that you can put on your phone, and just get a good solid pace going. And then slowly put the club back in your hand, and you will see how the club face wants to rotate and square up on it's own.
Okay guys, so the next common mistakes we see, talk about club face rotation. And the best way for me to describe what the common mistake is that we try to get too much rotation going back. So if you notice if your wearing a watch or a glove logo. When you get out to the nine o'clock position, and your glove logo or your watch are facing more up to the sky, then you can see that this club face is going to be just a little more open. Now that's going to make you have to rotate the club face at an excessive rate and that's what we are trying to avoid. We want the club face to rotate at a constant, we don't want to have to try to speed it up.
So what we're going to be focusing on here is if you focus on primarily getting your glove logo out in front of you, and then your glove logo behind you, that's a great focus point. For those of you that have had a hard time releasing. When you see that your club is passing in front of you and you can hold a glass of wine on there. What you're going to want to try to do, is when you finish you're going to want to see your fingernails over here. And a lot of people who have met me face to face know that I will draw pictures on their gloves right here to make sure that they see those fingernails or the pictures that I have drawn for them. So, glove logo out in front of you, glove logo behind you, if you've been a little bit late with your release, or you've had a hard time doing it, then what you're going to want to try to do is over cook it and see your fingernails. It would be very difficult for you to release a club this much when you have your right hand on it, so you want to try to over exaggerate it for a little bit. So again glove logo out in front of you, glove logo behind you, make sure that you can see your fingernails over here and you'll have a really well trained release that has got proper rotation.
Okay guys, so in this final common mistake that we see from a lot of students around the site has to do, when we put that crazy trail hand brother back on the club. And what we tend to see when working from a hip high to hip high environment more than the nine to three thing is when you finish your swing, what you're going to notice is that your chest is open about 90 degrees here and your right heel is up off the ground, it's another big pet peeve of mine.
So what we've going to be looking for here is, rather than allowing our chest to spin through the hitting area, we want to feel like the wrists are rotating over the top of each other. So a good way to feel this again and your going to try to keep your chest or the buttons on your shirt facing down at the golf ball while this is happening, so stay wide. And now what you'll notice is that my chest is open about 15 to 20 degrees, heels down on the ground, and my shirt my buttons on my shirt are now behind my buckle. So if you've been shoulder spinning you'll notice that the buttons are out in front here. This is a great way to train yourself on how to allow the club, the hands, and the arms, to act independently from the body so you can stall the body out and let the club do it's job.
All right guys, so now that you've see all the common mistakes what we worked on through the release drills, it's time to put them to use. And don't be ashamed of yourself if you have to pull yourself back and start with a tube of tooth paste. The release and impact is a very very important part of golf. So be discipline enough to train yourself. If you have to start working on an impact position, do so. Take your time, start without a golf club, and you'll be well on your way to having a really really good release and a tore quality impact position. I wish you guys all the best, now make it a great day.
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