Fixed Wrist Drill – Square Club Face & Correct Shaft Angle

This little drill will fix so many problems related to opening, closing, hinging and flipping the club head during the golf swing. This video assumes you already know the DUPLESSISGOLF setup*.

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* If you are unsure about how to setup (precursor for doing this drill), please click here… Ross

Golf Swing Elbows – The Chicken Wing (more help)

In a nutshell, a “Chicken Wing” is one of your elbows bending outwards, behind you. This can happen in either backswing or downswing. It disrupts many things. In my opinion, you could partially blame some form of the Chicken Wing, for almost every miss hit. It is that prevalent. Almost no golfers (Pros alike) use their elbows correctly by my discoveries.

Why Do golfers User Their Elbows?
Golfers use their elbows because they are getting ready to throw the club head at the ball with just the arms and hands. They subconsciously hinge every possible lever, and lift the arms, to try to create as much potential possible to throw the club head. None of these movements are consistent or repeatable.

I do not want to go into all the different miss hits caused by this problem. Let’s just get to what will make your swing more athletic, control your chicken wing, and improve your shot making.

Read the next paragraph slowly, then simulate with a club up against a door jamb.

If you look at a powerful, solid golf shot, at impact, the hips are slightly turned (not cleared)… the arms and wrists form a solid Triangle. The front wrist is flat and the back wrist bent in. The wrists are firm and holding this shape (being pulled by the body turn, not releasing). Also, the shaft is in line with the front arm, and the elbow pointing back at the front hip, with the back arm slightly bent in towards the front arm, and its elbow too pointing back at the back hip. At this moment, the body is pulling all this around to the left. This is the position we want to be in at impact.

If we are not in this position, what happened during the swing? Some thing(s) broke down, disconnected and disrupted everything. So who are the “Disrupters”? The “Disrupters” are the Elbows and Hands. We need to control the disrupters, how do we do that?

How to Take Control of the Distupters:
1. Setup shaft in line with the front arm, elbows pointing back at the hips, pinching a little. Maintain that pinching during the entire swing. They only separate at the very end of the swing.
2. Once the shaft is in line at setup, lock your wrists and keep them fixed in the setup shape, the entire swing. Let your shoulders turn around your spine on the backswing and your body unwind your arms/club for the downswing.
3. You should have a feeling of Squeezing your grip a little and Squeezing your elbows a little at the same time, the entire swing. This defeats them. Gives them something to do that is productive and allows the Large Muscles to take over.

Start with short swings/shots to feel this work. Make sure the club face stays square. Many of you will want to use the hands and roll it open (no hands).

Power & Consistency – My Dock Analogy

Restricting the lower body while turning your shoulders on the takeaway, is essential for big power. Your shoulders need something to windup against. If the lower body moves along or rotates with the takeaway, there is no potential being stored. So, it is a must Continue reading “Power & Consistency – My Dock Analogy”

Like a “Spring”

I think this analogy will help define what I mean when I use the term Large Muscles, and how the lower body, resists at the start of the takeaway, while the front shoulder starts the club straight back.

If you were to hold a spring between your hands vertically, and your were to rotate both hands equally to the right, there is absolutely no potential or torque created when the top and bottom of the spring move together. The spring has NOT been loaded up. Well, when you use both your hips and shoulders to wind up on the backswing, NO POTENTIAL, NO POWER!! Also, if you start your takeaway with your hips first sliding towards your back foot, you are actually trying to wind the spring from the middle. Does not work, NO POWER.

But, we need power and potential, right!!. Here’s how. Hold the front knee to restrict your hips, as you push the club straight back with the front shoulder. The club travels straight back and UP (not inside). This is like giving your shoulders a head start. Then, just start the downswing with your hips unwinding (not sliding) all the way to the finish. The finish is when your knees are touching, your belt buckle is left of the target and you are totally up on the toe of your back foot. If you are having trouble starting with the hips, you probably slid to your back foot and are stuck there. NO SLIDE on the takeaway, just turn your shoulders against a restricted lower body…Ross

Hit Driver LONG… and get roll when it lands

Before you read: This assumes you have learned that the “SHAFT MUST BE IN LINE WITH THE FRONT ARM AT SETUP(* see below)”. But, if you’ve learned this… READ ON…

A great way to learn to “Turn” to hit Driver (instead of chopping with your hands) is to tee up the ball just “OUTSIDE YOUR FRONT TOE“. Now, don’t panic!! The longest point along the arc of your downswing, is a line straight down from your front shoulder (The bottom of the arc). Now what you want to do is setup with the club face about 2″ behind the ball. I don’t mean just move the club back… MOVE YOUR WHOLE SETUP BACK TO THAT SPOT. In other words, leave a 2” gap and FORGET ABOUT THE BALL. At first this is a little unnerving, but soon you will feel more confident because all you have to worry about, is starting the downswing with your hips and keep them turning ALL THE WAY TO THE FINISH. You don’t have to hit the ball… it will just get in the way as you turn though.

NOW… what is really cool about this, is, since the ball is ahead of the bottom of the arc, the club head will be traveling in an ASCENDING BLOW like an upper cut. This will launch the ball and add roll when it lands (as long as you have not flipped with your hands trying to help the shot which makes the ball go left or pop up). If your hands are passive the shaft will lead the club face for a square, solid impact as you keep turning.

You can practice this with a small swing (choke down a bit) to get the feel of just letting your body rotation impact the ball (not your hands)….Oh by the way, this can automatically get rid of that pesky slice you’ve had all these years because the club face has more time to square up and since your hands are passive, you won’t be holding the face open…Ross

* Shaft in Line at Setup:
If you have the butt of the club pointing to your belly at setup… you’re in trouble and will have to fix it during the swing, because every solidly hit golf ball at impact, “The butt of the club was in line with the front arm“. This line transfers the energy up the arm through out the body to support the shot (This can’t happen if the wrist is bent. Plus, causes thin and skulled shots.”)

The FRONT KNEE is the “Anchor” on the Takeaway

One of the worst golf tips, or even accepted as a “Fundamental” in the golf swing, is to actively shift your weight to the back foot on the takeaway. Ouch!! this creates so many variables, I won’t even start. Here is all you have to do get rid of that problem and you will immediately see a HUGE difference in your ball striking.

Once you are setup in balance and you sit down to the ball… look at the target and say to yourself…”When I look back at the ball, I will HOLD my front knee while I push the club STRAIGHT BACK WITH MY FRONT SHOULDER. Its that easy to eliminate the “Slide” on your takeaway while creating a ton of tork and potential. Your shoulders now have resistance to wind against because you’re not sliding! and since you don’t slide on the backswing, you don’t have to slide back on the downswing (move less… get good). Watch this to see an example http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vQIbHK_cCfA . Please remember, start the downswing with the hips unwinding and leading and turning all the way to the finish. A good sign you have completed your turn, is your knees are touching and your back foot is totally up on the toe… Ross

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What’s “New” about this Golf Instruction?

First, I questioned “Traditional Golf Instruction” with my own game.  I would improve one aspect of my swing and it would affect another part (trade-offs).  This is when I realized there are way too many working parts (levers) with how the golf swing is being taught.  The odds of timing all these parts was very high and the only way to have any chance for consistency was hours & hours of daily practice.  I knew there had to be a more reliable easier way.

I watched very closely (with video frame at a time) how the best golfers in the world moved when they hit really great shots… and when they missed. I noticed (like you did) how effortlessly great golf shots looked. I found that the Golf Swing has this look when it is “Athletic” and controlled by the Large Muscles (not the hands). If the “Hands” take over during the swing, all natural collective movements are disrupted and it turns into chopping wood (so to speak). Once you allow the hands to take over, the club face will point all over the place. If the hands are passive during the swing, the club face will always be square to the target and return square at the ball because it was not manipulated during the swing.

Then the REALLY cool thing was discovered… when you learn to control your Grip Pressure (hands) during the swing, something else has to hit the ball so what happened was the LARGE MUSCLES (Shoulders & Hips) TOOK OVER AND THEY ARE VERY POWERFUL AND REPEATABLE!

Then it got even BETTER. Having read “One Move to Better Golf” by Carl Lohren, who discovered (watching Ben Hogan) that the “Takeaway” started by the front shoulder pushing straight back while restricting the lower body. WOW! This was another big key. There was also mention of this move another way called the X-Factor years ago.  Which was the differential between your shoulders turning while the hips restricted.

 Traditional teaching has you shifting your weight, on the takeaway, and loading up the back side…THIS IS NOT REPEATABLE! This will keep you struggling forever. I discovered, in a powerful, repeatable golf swing, THE LOWER BODY HOLDS AS THE SHOULDERS WIND FROM TOP DOWN! like a spring. The pivot point of a pendulum can not remain a constant if it’s “Base” is moving all over the place.

 What this move does, is setup the potential for the downswing to unwind from ground up! A NATURAL ATHLETIC MOVE.  Like throwing a ball… the lower body unwinds all the way to the finish leading the arm and hand. Or the lower body “Slings” the hand through.  In the golf swing, the hips, torso and shoulders “Sling” the arms and club through.

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