In this video, you’ll find out how tour pros use “The Move.”
This is the sixth, and final, installment in my groundbreaking The Move series…
And we’ll wrap up the series by showcasing three fantastic swings of PGA Tour players.
What you’ll notice is that all pro players use elements of “The Move…”
1) They square up the club face early so they don’t need to rely so much on their timing to hit straight shots,
2) They shallow out the club path so they can quickly whip the club through impact.
And now to the pros…
First up is Ernie Els and in the video you’ll notice how he bows his wrists just a bit in the downswing…
And how his club path lowers in the downswing.
Ernie also stays in his posture through impact which is fantastic.
Wow, what a swing!
Next up is Adam Scott.
Like Els, his wrist bows a bit in the downswing which helps him square up the club face.
Also, you can see how Scott’s plane lowers a bit in the downswing.
And let’s not forget Tiger Woods.
You’ll see his swing back in the day (mid 2000s).
And guess what?
Just like Els and Scott, Tiger swings with the same moves:
His wrist bows a bit to help close the club face…
And he dropped his swing plane in the downswing.
Next, we’ll take what we learned to the course to practice these moves.
You’re going to love putting “The Move” into your swing.
You’ll get a step-by-step explanation of “The Move”…
And checkpoints so you can start practicing right away.
Check out this video now to master “The Move”…
And hit crisp, powerful shots with tons of lag!
What's Covered: How the pros utilize the MOVE to achieve the ultimate compression for distance and control.
Golf Pros Featured: Adam Scott Ernie Els Tiger Woods
Instructors Featured: Clay Ballard
Video Duration: 11:15
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Hi guys, and welcome back to Top Speed Golf. In today’s video I’ve got a really cool video for you. We’re going to break down three of the best swings of all time, at least some of my favorite swings of all time.
We’re going to talk about the move, and how you’re going to see this same pattern with all pro players. All pro players are going to start to, number one, square up the face a little bit early.
We’re going to start to rotate our wrists to start squaring up. That way we don’t have to rely too much on the timing of the downswing to square the face up.
Number two, they’re going to be shallowing out the club, that way as they continue to release the club, it’s going to want to whip through and catch up with contact. Let’s go ahead and get started.
All right, so we’re going to talk about the move here, and first we’ll take a look at Ernie Els. Now Ernie played fantastic in last week’s tournament, really had a good start. I was glad to see that after he had some putting struggles earlier this year in the Masters.
I want to key in on a couple things that he does here that we talk about in the move, which if you go to the website, the Top Speed Golf website, you go to instruction, Top Speed Golf System, then you’re going to see a move category there.
That’s where we talk about how at the top of the swing the wrist can be flat or a little bit cupped like we see with Ernie Els, just barely, slightly cupped.
In the downswing, we want to start to flatten that out. Now we use Dustin Johnson as an example in the last one, not everybody has to go to that extreme.
We can see how here, Ernie’s just going to flatten that wrist out just a small amount. So you can see that wrist starts to flatten out, he may go just very slightly bowed, and that’s OK. We’re going to see how he is squaring his face a little bit early.
Let’s go a little farther down in the swing, and here’s the part that I want to show that’s going to happen with all pro players, all the good players are going to do this very well.
This club shaft is going to start to flatten out under this elbow plane. So if you go back to the beginning of the swing, I drew a line from the hosel of the club up through the elbow, the right elbow, and then when we go later on in the swing, if we pause about halfway down, let’s go back to where I drew that line there.
We’re going to see two things happening. Number one, this club head that’s right here, is going to be falling underneath this plane. The reason we do this, is that now that club head is going to kick back forward as we’re coming through the shot.
If hands just keep going toward the target, that naturally is going to want to kick forward with some momentum.
The second thing that we’re going to see here, is that he’s rotating his hands in a way, so you see the right wrist is bent back quite a bit, the left wrist is starting to bow, even though it’s a small amount, that’s completely fine.
We don’t all have to go to the extreme of somebody like Dustin Johnson. But look how the club face is starting to square up here. Notice how that’s not matching the swing plane line.
I see a lot of players most times leaving that face a little bit too open, the club face is matching the swing plane line, and then later on in the swing we really have to catch that back up to get the face squared.
That’s going to allow you to make that good clean contact, time after time. We see just how well he stays in his posture, everything is looking really good, one of the best swings of all time, no doubt about that.
Let’s go ahead and take a look at this with a couple other players. All right, so here we go with Adam Scott. We’re going to see very similar swing plane and swing habits as we did with Ernie Els.
Very nicely on plane, you’ll see the club shaft rises above that elbow plane going back, and then we’re going to start to see from the very slightly cupped position of the left wrist, the right wrist is fairly flat at this position.
We’re going to see as he continues that downswing how that wrist is going to flatten out and slightly begin to bow. So we can see from this position, if we key in on that left wrist, that’s going to start to flatten out.
The club flattens out, and you can see a very similar move that Adam Scott’s doing is the same as Ernie Els.
When this starts is in our backswing, about right here, this is going to be when we start to flatten out that club, and to get that club face to turn down.
So we’ll pause this kind of at the end of that motion happening, and now we can see his club shaft is well below what we marked as the elbow plane, and the club face is starting to square up again.
So really good job with that, the right wrist is cupped back. Now lastly, another good way to measure this if you’re measuring from the down the line view, if we go a little bit farther down, we’re going to see this club kind of splitting right down the forearm.
That’s a great position for it to be in, and now the momentum of this club is going to want to be moving out toward the golf ball, releasing and turning over. He could hit a nice little draw or a nice little fade from here.
That’s another question I got, is how do we hit a fade by doing the move? We know we’re squaring this face up early.
Really what’s happening here is we’re squaring this face up just as you start the downswing, but it doesn’t mean that we have to continue closing it down so much that we can’t hit a fade.
So here, let’s say that we have to close the face 100 percent, we’ll just say that, 100 percent in the downswing.
If I got a nice little head start, and I’ve already closed it 20 or 30 percent coming back here, it’s much more easy for me to continue to close that. Now if I got to this point of the swing, let’s actually go back to here where we just were.
If I got to this point of the swing, and I hadn’t begun to close the face at all, I hadn’t started to flatten that left wrist, slightly bowed the left wrist, cupped the right wrist, and that club face looks more like this instead of that, I would be way behind that eight ball.
We can still close the face let’s say 98 percent when we get down to here, and hit a little fade even though we’re doing that move, but we have to shallow out that club shaft, we have to get a head start on squaring up that face to be able to be nice and consistent in the swing.
All right, so here’s one of my favorites, Tiger Woods from back in his heyday. We’re going to see this is probably around the 2006 or 2007 mark, when he was playing some really good golf. Just a great looking swing.
We can see as he goes to the top how that left wrist is beginning to flatten out here already. Then as he starts down we’re going to see this happening even more in the golf swing.
So the same patterns that we saw with the other players, now look how this club’s starting to flatten out here, come underneath his elbow plane. As we continue down, we’re going to see how that left wrist of his is going to bow a little bit more than we saw in the last two.
See the slight little arch in the wrist, right wrist really angled back. Then his club face, again, squaring up a little bit early. We’re not waiting until the bottom of the swing to begin to square this back up, and he’s going to continue down.
So even though he is getting a slight bit of bow in this left wrist, we’re not getting nearly what we saw with like a Dustin Johnson. So there’s a range there, we don’t all have to do it the same amount, but the overall pattern is what we’re looking for.
We’re looking for a flattening in the shaft, and to be able to start squaring this face up early so it’s not matching the swing plane line, and we can release it a little easier as we’re coming through contact.
So great looking swing there, definitely one of the best of all time.
Let’s go ahead and take it out to the course now, let me go over how this fits in with the Top Speed Golf System. You guys are going to love this move once you get it down, it’s really going to help with you swing. Let’s go ahead and take it out there.
All right, so now let’s talk a little bit more about how this works in the system, what we’re already working with with lag in the Top Speed Golf System.
So whenever you’re looking from face on, there’s two things that are creating that angle of lag, or that appearance of angle of lag.
If I go into my downswing, let’s take where my left arm is about parallel with the ground, we can see I have a nice sharp angle here. This left wrist is nice and flat.
Well one of the things that is a little bit misleading that I want you guys to keep in mind, if we go ahead and take our golf grip, and I’m going to turn sideways here, just with my left hand, and I want to bend this shaft up as far as I can go.
This is what’s called thumb up, or what would be called radial deviation, meaning my hand is moving upward or back up this way. So if I grab the club, and I move my hand as much that way as I can, I’m going to go ahead and pull this shaft back, that’s about as much as most people can get with a good grip.
So this flat left hand, even a little bit of bow in the left wrist, I can only bend the shaft about 80°, 85°, somewhere around in there, it depends on how flexible your wrists are. Maybe if we’re looking at a Ben Hogan, or a Sergio Garcia, maybe they can get a little sharper angle than that.
But for most people you’re looking at something about like this if you take a good grip. Now that’s not a real sharp angle of lag, that is your maximum lag that you can get, that’s as far as I can get this club to set, but it doesn’t appear to be that much.
What’s giving you that extra amount, let’s go ahead and do that again, and now watch what happens when I lay this club back and flatten out the shaft. Now all of a sudden it looks like a much sharper angle from the view of the camera.
That’s part of what you’re getting when you’re seeing lag on the camera. Number one, is getting the angle, actual angle in your wrist which you do need. You do want to have those angles so that you can save up that release for the ball.
But then you want to have that club shaft shallowing out, so that you’ll be able to see that on camera, it will look correct on camera.
Now, let me go ahead and talk about the last little thing that we’re going to work on here today, but just realize if you don’t have that club shallowing out, if you don’t have that left wrist kind of bowing, then it’s going to be tough to get that angle of lag, it’s not going to look right on camera.
Then we talked about how as I start to turn this wrist here, now this club face is closed. We don’t have to get as crazy as you may see with Sergio, or Dustin Johnson or somebody like that. The wrist doesn’t have to go like that.
I oftentimes talk about it closing down like this, and I want you to try that out when you’re doing your practice drills, so that we can get the extreme and we get that club face closing a little extra.
Because I see most people like this, that face wide open as they’re coming down, this left wrist cupped.
Once we’ve done that, then we go ahead and get the release in here, and I want you guys to work on a drill for me in this video.
So we talked about this club’s going to shallow out, the club face is going to close down. Now from here, what do I want to do to release this club?
A lot of you are used to coming in much more steep and releasing the club by kind of standing up and getting rid of the angle this way.
Let’s go ahead and do something a little bit different now. As you’re holding this club, go ahead and grip down to where you’re at the bottom of the grip here, and I want you to go up and do that same position, you’re much shallower.
As you work into the ball, I want the low spot of your club to be over top of the ball, this grip to be at its lowest point. As you start to work your hands and the club back into the ball, notice how that starts to turn up a little bit and back in to the left.
That’s where your release is going to come from. As I’m here, I have a good shallow club, getting some lag, now the butt end of the club starts to turn back up. This goes up and in, as this releases out and away.
Let me show you that one more time, the butt end of the club goes up and in as the head of the club goes out and away, I’m letting that release. So as I’m coming through that’s squaring up, and then it’s going to follow up back around to the left.
If we can do those things together, shallow the club, get a nice angle of lag, and then get that butt end of the club to turn back up and in as my club releases out and away, that’s going to leave me with a nice, well-struck, compressed golf shot.
There we go, hit that one nice and solid. Work on those drills, get about 100 reps pausing, getting this flatter angle where you can see the lag. Make sure this is bowed, and then work on this side of your body really posting up, the butt end of the club turning up as the club releases down and away.
Do about 100 practice swings, 100 full repetitions just doing full speed practice swings. The first 100 are going to be kind of pausing, going really slow, second 100 nice and full speed. Then you’re ready to go hit some shots. Good luck to you guys.