Why You Need This: Today, you'll discover "Are You Trying to Shallow the Club? | Don't Make This Big Mistake"
If you’ve been working on shallowing the club…
...and you just can’t get the right feel for it...
...or you haven’t had the results you’d like...
...chances are, you’re making this one BIG mistake!
In our video today I’ve got a great drill for you to work on…
...it’ll help you with your hips in the downswing…
…and it’ll help remedy that BIG mistake...
...so that you can start shallowing the club the right way!
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Instructors Featured: Quentin Patterson
Video Duration: 8:10
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Quentin Patterson: We all know that we don’t want to come down steep in the start of the downswing. We want to shallow that club.
When you come down steep it’s going to lead to a lot of issues. It may lead to chopping down into the golf ball. I may lead to coming over the top. Or what it usually leads to is that early extension flip.
As you can see in the slow-motion video of Clay with the steep swing, you can see how he’s standing up out of his posture, he’s really throwing his arms at the golf ball.
You can see he doesn’t have any control of the club face. It’s not a very good strike. It’s very, very difficult to be consistent when you do that.
So what we want to do is shallow out the club so that way that club is on plane as soon as possible. You can stay in your posture, turn through the golf ball, get all that compression and shaft lean that we see all the Tour players getting.
Now I see a lot of people working on this, but they’re always doing this one thing wrong, which is going into that right side bend early.
So side bend is where you imagine my right shoulder getting closer to my right hip. That’s right-side bend. For left-handers, it’s going to be the opposite, left-side bend.
But that’s what I always see. What that does, is it does shallow out the club, and we go into that side bend early, it absolutely shallows the club, but it puts you in a really bad position.
It puts you in a position where now my hips are bumped out, I can’t really rotate. Not to mention, this is going to put a lot of stress on my hips and my back.
What it also does, is it puts my right shoulder so close to the ground that even if I wanted to swing from here, I’m going to have a hard time not chunking it. I’m probably going to stand up and flip at the last second anyway to compensate for it.
So what we need to do instead of going into this right side bend early, we need to not only shallow the club in relationship to the ground, it needs to be in relationship to our body as well.
We need to imagine this club getting perpendicular to our body, perpendicular to our spine. When you go into that right side bend early, you can see I’m not really changing the club in relationship to my body.
I’m just making my body shallow, right? That’s not what we need to do. That’s not going to allow you to turn and get into that good position.
So I have a great drill for you that’s going to help remedy that. What you want to do is take this alignment stick, is put it through your front belt loops here, and I want you to have it going all the way through your lead side.
When you go into this early right-side bend, what will happen is that alignment stick will point up. So what we need to do, is we need to have this pointed down in the start of the downswing.
That’s going to allow you to get a much better pivot as well as get your hips and your back in a much safer place that’s going to allow you to turn a lot better and get this club shallowed out.
Then what we need to do, is we need to learn how to get this club to shallow out in relationship to our body and not just relationship to the ground.
If we just work on this hip motion, that’s not necessarily going to shallow the club. If I come down steep, if I have my arms in a steep position and I rotate my body, right? I’m still going to come over the top.
So we need to get this pivot correct along with the shallowing of the club to get everything matched up together.
First, what I want you to just focus on initially is just doing some practice swings where we’re focusing on number one, getting this stick to be pointing down.
I’m just going to take a few practice reps here where I’m really focusing on getting this alignment stick to stay pointing down as long as I can.
I’m just going to do some practice swings where I go up to the top, and I’m going to imagine this staying pointed down by keeping my hips tilted that way.
You can see how I’m going to pivot much more easily, versus if it’s pointing up, I’m just locked up. I can’t really pivot the right way.
So I’m just going to take some practice swings, I’m not going to worry about the shallowing just yet, where I’m keeping that angle down and swinging all the way through. All right?
So I’m going up to the top, angle down. I’m going to do some where I pause that way, and now I’m just going to do some fluid ones.
Some nice, slow, fluid ones where we keep that angle down as I start the downswing. You can see there I kept that nice and angled down as I started the downswing.
Now that we’ve got the hips working in the correct way, we’re not really right side bending, now we need to get the arms to be working in the right way.
The easiest way to think about it is turning a doorknob to the right. If you’re a right-handed player, it’s going to be to the right. Left-handed player, it’s going to be to the left.
When you’re starting the downswing, that’s what you want to feel like, like you’re grabbing a doorknob with both hands. I’ve got two doorknobs right here, and you’re turning both of them, or you’re turning it with both hands.
That’s what you want to feel like. You can see when I do that, that’s going to get that club to lay down and get it perpendicular to my spine.
Now I’m going to add in number one, which was keeping this angle down as long as I can. Then number two, is turning the doorknob to the right, getting that club to flatten out in the start of the downswing.
I’m just going to go up to the top here, and I’m going to try to put those together. The turning of the doorknob to the right, and keeping that angle down. You can see that’s what I’m trying to do.
I’m just going to do a few of these where I’m getting the sense and feel of how I’m going to do, and then I’m going to go on the last one. I was able to get the club nice and shallowed out. I’m able to get a good pivot as I’m going through.
Not to mention, when you get this angled down like this, it’s also going to promote more of the laying down of that club because the forces that you’re putting into your hands going that way really makes the club want to lay down.
Everything’s kind of working with you which is a nice thing to have. Now what I’m going to do is I’m just going to try to do a slow, fluid practice swing where I go up to the top and I try to put all that together.
So go up to the top, and then feel that club lay down, and feel this stay angled down. Do a couple more so I can really feel that turning of the doorknob to the right, I can really feel this staying angled down.
If we use this in your practice swing, it’s going to get you prepared to hit a golf ball. Now, that’s what I’m going to try to do here.
I’m going to try to put this together here, that feeling of my hips staying angled down and that laying down of the club here. I’m going to try to hit a nice little draw here on this one, a nice, compressed little draw.
Let me see how I can get this. Do a couple rehearsals here, get that feeling of my hips turning, staying angled down, and the club flattening out as I’m starting down. Let’s see if I can get a good one here.
All right, so now that we’re getting this club to shallow out in the start of the downswing, we now need to learn the proper wrist angles as we’re coming into contact to be able to square up the club face.
You see, if you’re not shallowing out the club and you’re standing up, early extension, and flipping at the ball, well your wrist angles are going to look something like this. This is how you square up the club face.
That lead wrist is going to be cupped, that trail wrist is going to be flat. But if I have those same wrist angles, well now I open up my body and I get shaft lean, well now look what happens.
That club face is wide open. So we need to change our wrist angles in the start of the downswing. This is what part of The Move is.
The Move is getting that club shallowed out in the start of the downswing, and getting those proper wrist angles in the start of the downswing.
That way you can stay in your posture, turn through the golf ball, get your hands in front, have lots of forward shaft lean and compression, and be very consistent with your strikes.
So if you’d like to learn how to combine those two things, getting that shallowing of the club, getting that turning of the handle down to square up the face, you’re going to want to go through The Move course and work through all the drills there.
So to get to The Move course, it’s included with your membership, all you have to do is click the Instruction tab at the top, then click the Top Speed Golf System, and then click The Move.
Work through those drills and if you see that you’re doing that early right side bend I just talked about earlier in the video, make sure you put that alignment stick through your belt loop.
Combine that with what you’re doing in The Move course, and you’ll start getting that club shallowed out and get some good compression on the ball very soon. Play well, and I’ll talk to you soon.