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

Pull with the Left or Push from the Right… Both Work!

As I have mentioned, using the Large Muscles to control your golf swing will greatly improve your miss-hits, direction and distance. This leads to better scoring. Now, what I mean by using the large muscles is, on the backswing the Shoulders wind first while the hips resist… then once the shoulders have gone as far as they can, the hips are eventually pulled over a little by the shoulders. The hips never move on their own on the backswing… Then on the downswing, (the opposite happens) the Hips totally take over and lead the show unwinding and turning and pull the arms and club through to the finish.

I have found, that some individuals like to think of this “Hips leading the Downswing” as a “Pulling” from their left side (right handed golfer) and some like to think of “Pushing” or “Firing” from their right side. They are both great thoughts as long as it starts with the hips turning (not sliding).

For those of you who have been mislead to think that the arms start from the top, or the shoulders start unwinding first… You would never see a pitcher throw a ball with out taking a step, unwinding his hips first, then shoulders, then arm. It is exactly the same with the golf swing.

The gist of this post is to get you to think the “Hips” start and continue leading the downswing… whether it is your left hip unwinding and pulling or your right hip firing or BOTH working together. Just find what works for you, practice, keep your hands quiet and passive and enjoy consistent golf… 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.”)

Like Throwing a Frisbee left Handed

I was teaching yesterday and describing how the body unwinds like throwing a ball (the knees lead and unwind the hips then the torso, shoulders and arms, club) and it dawned on me, that a more accurate way to explain this natural, athletic move is to say … “Its like throwing a Frisbee with your left hand as far as you can. No one, throwing a frisbee as hard as they can, would stop their body half way and the let their arm pass their body (weak, no power)… they would subconsciously get their hips unwinding, and firing all the way to sling their arm through.

This is one of the missing elements in traditional golf instruction. The idea to release the club into or pass the ball. That “release” move, guarantees your body to stop rotating at impact (not good). Then the arms get out in front of the body turn and pull the body around. Or another way to state this bad position, “The arms and club now lead and pull the body to the finish (NOT GOOD)!. That means you stopped all the potential power the body turn had and let the weak hands and arms take over. THIS MAKES THE BALL GO LEFT AND IF YOU FLIP TOO, IT WILL PULL HOOK!!

None of these problems happen in a “Powerful, Athletic, Repeatable” golf swing, that has a complete uninterrupted rotation, keeping the hands quiet and passive. Once you learn to use the large muscles (mainly, hips and shoulders) to control the arms and club, you will feel a complete body rotation all the way to the finish like throwing a Frisbee. You will also hit the ball straight, trap the ball, make a divot naturally (without any of the “You gotta hit down on it bologna.”) By the way … you don’t hit down on a ball to make a divot, it happens naturally if you setup correctly, keep your hands quiet through impact and KEEP TURNING.

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