Why You Need This: Today, you'll discover "An Easy Way To Create A Shallow Golf Swing"
In today's lesson...
...Professor Q gives you 3 easy ways to shallow early in your downswing...
...and delivers an unexpected benefit that shallowing the club provides.
You've been told that shallowing the club is the only way to stay in posture, keep your lag and compress the heck out of the ball...
...but Q goes over another vital benefit right at the beginning of this video that you won't want to miss!
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Instructors Featured: Quentin Patterson
Video Duration: 10:29
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Hitting those wild tee shots can be so frustrating. You feel like you hit a solid one. You look up at snap hooking or it's slicing up over the trees. Well, the reason this is happening is because you're coming down steep and you start getting the club to shell out and work from the inside. So what does it mean to be steep?
Well, if you're steep, we're referencing how the club is pitched and the start of the downswing Right. So this would be a steep shaft and this would be a shallow shaft. Ideally, we would see this club the but into this club to be pointing a little bit outside the golf ball as we're coming down. That would be ideal.
If it's inside the ball, that's going to be considered a steep position. Well, why is this an issue Well, when you're steep, you basically have two options. You either have option number one, where you stay in your posture and you come over the top right and that's going to be your big slice because your path is to the left.
The face gets open and you hit a big slice. The other thing that I see some better players do to compensate for this is they'll be steep, but then they'll stand up out of it. And now the club is working too much from the inside. I throw my hands at it and there's the big snap hook into the woods.
Right. So we need to get this club in a shallow position so that way we can stay in our posture, rotate into the ball, have that nice square face, hit those easy, dead straight drives. So what are the easy and simple things that we can do to make this happen? We heard we need to shift our weight. We need to do something with our elbow.
We need to be doing something with our lead leg. Right. Those are all things that can definitely help. But what are the really simple things that we can do and go implement at the range right now? Well, when I look at most players who are struggling coming down steep it starts with the setup. So when you set up with the driver, because the ball position is more forward, we're going to tend to open our knees We're going to tend to open our hips.
We're going to tend to get our arms, our trail arms that kind of come over our shoulders tend to open up, basically. So that way we can kind of face the golf ball. Right. This feels very comfortable if I if I'm exaggerating, but if I come down and I'm like, this just feels this just feels very comfortable, like I'm facing the ball.
Whereas if the ball was back here, I would be more square with things. So we have to make a concerted effort when we're in our setup with our driver to get everything to feel like everything is really closed off. So what I would try to do when you set up with your driver, I would try to feel like your knees are pointing right of the target.
The hips are pointing right of the target. My arms right. I want to get my arms pointing right of the target in the way that I would do that with my trail arm. I'd want to make sure that my elbow is kind of bent in in my in my point and my elbow is kind of pointing down toward my hip.
If I get my elbow kind of pointing out like this, that means that I'm kind of coming over like this and I'm going to tend to want to come over the top when I do that. So I want to make sure that my elbow is kind of tucked in like that. I'm going to get my shoulders even pointing to the right of the target.
I actually want you to overdo these things at first. Let's get the club. Let's get into a setup position that allows us to actually overshallow the club. At first, and then we can ease off of that. So get everything turned and pointing to the right and then set for the ball. It's going to feel really weird. You're going to have more spine tilt You're going to feel like you're way more behind the ball.l
But this is what the best players do. Take those nice, powerful drawers down the middle of the fairway. So get everything pointed. Get everything kind of closed off here in the setup. That's going to make things a lot easier. So that's step number one. Get into a setup position that allows you to more easily shell out the club in the start of the downswing, get everything really closed off.
Step number two is to set up a feedback mechanism that is going to tell you whether you're shelling out the club or not. So what I like to do is I like to take a head cover and I want to place it in front of about a club head whips in front of the ball here. And then I want to place it along the target line.
So if this is my target line right here, I'm going to place this head cover along the target line and use your driver head cover because it's it's a little bit bigger than the other ones. So that way you won't swing over the top of it, right? If you use like a little hybrid head cover or something like that, you may be swinging over the top, but you may just swing over the top of and it won't give you the feedback that you're looking for.
So use this nice big driver head cover. So that way you're going to get the feedback that you're looking for here. Now, the other thing that I like to do is I like to take an alignment stick, or you can use a club, but I like to place it behind the ball about a foot behind the ball, but I want to angle it out to the right.
It's almost like if I'm standing at home plate here, this is going to be pointing down the first base line. And what this serves, as is this serves is a good visual for how I want to feel like this club is tracking down. Now, this is exaggerated we don't really want to swing 45 degrees in top like I said, we want to overdo shallowing out the club at first so that way we can more easily ease off of it later.
So I don't have a ball here right now and for good reason because I want you to start out just hitting the tee right so set up get in your closed set up position. Get everything pointed off to the right here, get that elbow tucked in, get everything nice and closed off here. And the first thing I want you to do, I kind of just want you to do like a shadow wrap.
So what that means is I want you to map out what the movements going to be like in slow motion. So I'm going to go up to the top and then I'm going to map out how would I get to where I would swing this club close to down this alignment stick here, hit the tee, and then Miss the head cover as I'm coming through.
So I'm just going to do a couple slow shadow repetitions where I'm getting the sense and feel for what I need to do. There Once I've done a few of those and I feel like, OK, I can do this in a in a normal swing, what I want to do is I want you to set up to that, get everything nice and closed off here.
So going to be nice and closed off with it. And I'm going to just take a nice, easy swing where I'm going to try to clip this tee and miss that head cover, right? Because if I hit the head cover that's telling me that I'm not coming in shallow enough, right? I need to I need to work on getting it more shallow.
So I'm going to take a nice, easy swing here So you can see there, I very easily miss the heck over there. I probably swung a mile from the inside. That's mean. It's way too shallow. But that's what we need to feel here. In the beginning stages. So that was a nice and easy swing. Work up to faster and faster swings.
What I want you to do is I actually want you to get to where you can do ten in a row full speed swing where you are missing the head cover and clipping that tee. Right. If you hit the head cover guys, start over Right. So the reason why we want to do this is that we don't want to jump start in, you know, go too fast and go to the next stage if we don't really have this part down yet because if you go to the next stage of this drill and you're not able to do this yet, you're just not going to be able to do the next stage.
So we have to get ten in a row at normal speed where we're clipping the team, missing the head cover. Once we've done that, now what we can do is we can add the ball. And again, what I want you to do is I want you to map this out, get this, get your setup, get this to where you're you're mapping this out to where you're coming in, and you'll be hitting hitting the ball and missing the head cover.
And again, start out with slower swings, right? Because it doesn't mean you can't try to do a full speed swing or off the bat, but most likely at full speed because the added difficulty of having the ball there, you're probably going to hit the head cover. So don't worry about it. Start out with a slower swing if you want to and then you can build up to that.
Once you're able to do that, then I want you to do again, ten full speed swings. Your normal speed where you miss the head cover and hit the ball. Now, the key to this is I don't want you to worry about where the ball goes. The goal of this task is to hit the ball and miss the head cover, right?
Because that's telling you that you are shallowing out the club. You're swinging the club from the inside, right? You're probably going to hit it to the right is most likely what's going to happen. You're probably going to hit like a push slice to the right. That's OK as long as you are missing this, because that's the second stage is missing the head cover.
So stage one is missing the head cover without the ball, right? Stage two is missing that cover. With the ball there. But we don't care where the ball goes right now for stage three of this drill. What we want to do is we need to learn how to get this clubface squaring up because what's typically going to happen if you don't if you if you swing this club from the inside and you don't get the clubface squaring up, you're going to hit it right in.
Right. And that's completely fine. Remember, we don't care when we when we've got this this head cover there, we don't care where the ball is going. We only care that we're missing the head cover. Right. So the next thing that we need to do is we need to get that clubface squaring up. Now, the best way to do that is to work through drill number one of the 20 minute shallowing fix.
In the 20 minute shallowing fix drill, Clay is going to go over how we find our natural positioning move. That is what allows you to square up the face and be in a position at impact that feels completely natural to you. For most people, this is going to involve strengthening the grip, but for some people it may be a little bit different.
But Clay goes over that and that drill number one. And then the other thing that he talks about, drill number one, are certain wrist angles that we need to be doing to get that clubface closed. And to get that ball starting to the right and drawing to the left so that way we can hit those nice powerful draws.
So if you want, check out that 20 minute shallowing fix drill number one so that way you're getting the club shallowing and you're getting the face squared up, so that way you can get nice consistent drives every single time. Click the instruction tab and then click the top speed golf system. Then go to the 20 minute shallowing fix, work through that drill number one, that's going to help you to find those right risk positions in the proper grip that's going to get you squared up every single time.
Play well and I'll talk to you soon.