Why You Need This: Today, you'll discover "Shallow The Club Easily With This Simple Elbow Move Drill"
And almost ANY inconsistency issues you may have with ball contact...
...stem from whether or not you're shallowing the club to begin your downswing.
In today’s lesson…
…TSG Instructor, Quentin Patterson will show how your trail elbow can either make (or break) your ability to shallow the club at the right time.
And he'll give you the perfect swing thought to make sure your trail elbow is making shallowing much easier for you! This works!
If you give this one a try, you'll be on your way to more consistency.
To A Shallow Swing,
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Instructors Featured: Quentin Patterson
Video Duration: 7:30
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If you want to be consistent, it's really important to get the club shallowing in the start of the downswing. So this is the act of getting this club to kind of flatten out and the start of the downswing. What that allows you to do is that allows you to stay in your posture and they keep rotating and turning through impact.
So that way you don't have to make any compensations. If I'm steep like this, I'm going to need to make some sort of compensation in the downswing that usually leads to standing up early, releasing, flipping all things that lead to inconsistency. So what we need to do is have the proper elbow movement and both the back swing and the downswing to be able to get this club to shallow properly.
So what I see oftentimes are people who struggle to shallow out the club so this elbow this elbow tends to flare out a lot at the top of the swing. And you can see how that really gets my lead wrist to club and open the face. And also gets the club way across the line when I'm in that position and I start my downswing.
This club is just too short of a time to be able to recover and to be able to get that club laying down. Now, there are players that flare out that trail elbow, but those players have much longer swings. So someone like a Jack Nicklaus John Daly, right? They have very, very long swing. They're basically getting their lead arm to almost 12:00 at the top of the swing.
And now that gives them plenty of time to get that club shadowing out in the start of the downswing. Now, just because you have plenty of time to shell out the club doesn't mean that you're going to do it. So this drill that I'm going to show you is going to be beneficial whether you have a long swing or a short swing or anywhere in between.
If you're struggling to shallow out the club. So like I said, it has to do with that trail elbow movement in the back swing. What's happening is, is our trail elbow is called is what's doing what is called internally rotating. So you can think of that is winning an arm wrestling contest. So if I go up to the top of the swing and I'm winning that arm wrestling contest, it's going to be very, very difficult for my shoulder to go external and for my elbow to work in to lay down the club which again, you can think of that is losing an arm wrestling contest.
So what I would like to do in the back swing is get to where you're somewhere in between. You know, maybe you're at the you're at the top. You're not quite losing the arm wrestling contest. You're right at the beginning. That's kind of what you want to feel like at the top of the swing, that the forearm is more vertical at the top of the swing.
If I'm really flaring out, you can see how my forearms going to get more horizontal. I want to feel more vertical if it's not straight up and down vertical. That's fine. But that's the feeling that we want to have is that we're kind of in that that set position. We're getting ready to arm wrestle, right? We want to feel like we just have we're pretty close to vertical with that elbow at the top.
Now, as we start down, we actually want to start to lose that arm wrestling contest so that way we can get that club shallowing out, stay in our posture, rotate through impact, and be in a very, very consistent position. So this drill is great to do that. So what we're going to do is we're going to start out here.
I'm going to take your lead lead arm and your wrist. I want you to bend the knuckles back like this and then you're going to pick this part, you know, kind of a logo of your glove here, and you're going to put it right above your elbow and then you're going to grip the club and get in your setup position.
Now, I don't recommend that you try to hit balls doing this, especially in the beginning. It's very, very difficult to do so. So in the beginning here, don't hit the ball. I just want you to get the feeling of how the elbow is moving. If you want to work toward it's totally optional, hitting the ball later, that's completely fine.
So again, get that arm underneath there. And what you can see when I do this it kind of holds my arm in that position. If I rotate to the top, you can see that my elbow is already kind of in that position. Now, when I start the downswing, I want to feel almost as if I'm pulling on my elbow to be able to get that that reverse arm wrestling, that losing the arm wrestling move.
And you can see when I do that how that shallows out the club. And now I can very easily turn through the ball and be in a very, very consistent position. So do some repetitions with that lead arm behind that, the hand behind the elbow there, just above the elbow, just below the tricep there. And again, we're going to go up that top really, really slow.
And once you feel that stay that elbow staying in a good position and then pull on the elbow as you're coming down, go really, really slow with it. Once you start to get comfortable with that and you start understanding, OK, this is how my elbow should work. And again, if you have a longer swing, you're not going to be able to go to the full, long position.
And that's OK because this is going to help you feel what you need to do in the downswing to get it to recover from that really flared elbow that's helping you go longer and create power, but it's helping you feel what you need to do in the start of the downswing to get into that position. Just keep in mind that this isn't going to be the full length of your normal swing, right?
So again, once you start do doing some of these, getting the feeling of this much, much better, you know, I can do a much better job there kind of brushing the turf. Imagine imagining that I'm coming through impact here. That was much better there. Once I start to get a better feeling for that, now I can start to work toward more fluid swings and not taking a pause at the top.
So now I'm just going to go nice and fluid with this one up to the top. I'm getting a good turn doing this club lay behind me and I'm swinging through all the way into a full finish. Now, what's really important here is that we pivot from there, right? Well, we don't want to do is go up to the top of the swing and then just throw the arms.
That's not going to help us. When we get the when we take the arm out of there, we're just going to stand up and flip the club. And that's not what we want to do. That may get you shadowing, but it's not going to allow you to get that good compression on the ball by rotating your body and getting the hands more in front.
Right. So we want to make sure we go up the top. We want to feel the rotation as we're coming through there. So that way we're coming into impact. And we have that really, really good sharp lean position. So do some of these work up to fluid swings? We're going really slow. You're probably never going to get up to full speed with these.
I've never really had good luck with doing that. But once you get that good feeling in a slow practice swing, probably want to go up to about 50% doing this. That's where I find the happy zone is once you're able to do that. Now, let's take a normal practice swing. Now I want you to get that replicate that same feeling and really try to exaggerate that feeling.
So I'm going up to the top. I'm feeling that elbow more in that forearm is more vertical at the top, and I want to feel that reverse arm wrestling move. I'm shelling out the club as I'm pivoting through work through that with the practice swings build up to full speed where you're doing that, then add the golf ball all right.
So now that we have that proper feeling of getting this club in a great position here at the top with the elbow, and then we're getting that proper elbow position as we're coming down to shallow, the club we now want to make sure that we're squaring the face in the proper way because what what's likely going to happen is you're going to hit some shots out to the right, and that is because you're probably going be swinging more from the inside with the shadowing, but you're going to be leaving the face open because you haven't learned the proper wrist angles to be able to square up the face.
And this is what we talk about in the move course is getting those proper wrist angle. So this is a good stepping block for the Move course. And I specifically recommend the tennis racket draw from the move course. That's going to help you combine what we did here with the trail elbow, getting that club shadowed out with squaring up the face and the start of the downswing.
So that way you're coming into impact. We've got some sharp wind we're getting this club working down in a very controllable manner that's gonna allow you to play some consistent golf. So if you want to check out, check that out, click the instruction tab, then go to the move course and then specifically the 1.3 tennis racket drill that's really going to help you out after you after you work on this drill.
So play well and I'll talk to you soon.