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Golf Pro Drill – Finding the “Slot” on the downswing


It’s a 400 yard par four with a split fairway out there. You can see there’s a little lake on the left and a fair way. That’s about a 225 carry and then a fairway down the right hand side. If you’re not too bold to go for the one on the left, uh, to neat hole was rated one of the top holes in Oregon last year. So it’s a fun one to pick your line a little bit about what we’re going to work on today with your particular swing. You’re a good player, but I’m sure is frustrated with their actions sometimes because you get this look where you get steeper early and then have to kind of find it back underneath on plane. You know, for those of you out there watching this, this is a better player swing problem. Alan’s a good player, a low handicap golfer.

He’s in good shape for his age and uh, he’s got a lot of power, but what happens in his golf swing, he’s got a pretty good looking address routine here. He gets it back and he gets this, gets this left arm flying wedge a little bit off plane, so Allen, I want you to pay attention to that. If we can keep this out of the club, kind of aiming down our target line or plane line that you see this funky contraption I got set up here and I call this my above plane board, my above plane plane board and what that means is we’re going to make some swings that we’re gonna, hit some shots from up here with a golf club that travels back down to the release point and let our pivot carry our impact alignments, threw the ball and then into a finish.

So this little contraption that’s two shafts stuck in the ground with grips in the end obviously, and I put two tees in the end of the grip holes so that I can take one of these, a plow sticks that are ever so popular nowadays and rest them on top. What that does is it gives me, it gives me a visual, a couple of neat things. One, it’s kind of scary when you first do it because this thing is, you know, gives a different visual perspective of the plane and what your golf swing has to do to hit some good shots. So I am going ahead and hit a three iron here,

okay? Decent little shout out their tail, the little to the right, but the key with a shot like this and with what you’re going to work on, and I wouldn’t suggest you start with a three iron and when you’re doing this above plane exercise, what I want you to work on, um, what’s you’re gonna. Realize this as daunting as it seems. You clearly see we have a lot of room here between our hands and this other alignment above plane situation here. What’s you’re going to work on is letting this club, these arms get down in front of you a little bit before your pivot delivers your impact alignments. Okay? So many people race. Get the right elbow stuck behind them, their sequences a little bit off and I’m afraid you’re guilty. That’s to a couple of other things you might want to work on just to help your help your alignments and help your pace.

I’d love to see you hit a lot of one arm shots, short pitches with your wedge, say 30, 40 yards, and what I want you to realize is as you full well know your impact and address, the limits are very, very different. So go ahead and hit some shots and let that bent, right wrist hit the golf ball before the momentum and the shaft wants to flatten out that, that right wrist. I don’t want to see you’re trying to hit and flattening the right wrist on its own. That’s not what we’re looking for in a third thought for you. That ain’t gonna help you a lot is if you hit shots with your right index finger and thumb completely off the club. Okay? Because on the way down there, seems like there’s a pretty quick transition and this shaft gets steep. So to sum up what I want you to work on, build yourself to little above plane board contraption

and we’re going to work in the sequence of your action being mindful of keeping that the butt of the club. If there is a laser pointing out there, it’d be pointing at the target line. For the most part, yours gets pretty steep. You get this, you don’t rotate your flight, your left arm flying wedge enough so you get a little bit steep and on the way down it gets steep and then you’re talented enough to. So in summation, those are little things I want you to work on. Okay? Let’s get this little contraption. I’ll show your front on view. So here’s a face on view of this contraption. You’ve got a couple of shafts stuck in the ground that are pretty much on the plane of whatever club you’re using. So just set the club down. You want to use, push that into the ground.

We’ve got to have these plow rods and the one on top is held up by two tees stuck in the end of the grip cap to help just set this on there so it doesn’t fall off the one plow stick on the, on the ground. They’re parallel to each other and based on how comfortable you get with this, obviously this isn’t a above plane situation or plane lines and imaginary line that’s running kind of parallel right in here. Uh, what I want you to do in order to help your sequence and get you away from this steep move that you have to correct for or sometimes don’t correct for, it’s funny, you get steep and then you over correct and you’re shallow and obviously you can hit it way, way up being a lefthander way, way out to left field. And I don’t want to confuse all. You’re right, he’s watching this, but Alan’s a left handed golfer so he gets a really shallow inside out. A doesn’t really get a lot of spin probably on us three wood. I’m guessing that’s probably a club has a hard time getting up in the air. So this little exercise is gonna help a lot. I’m going to turn the camera so you’re looking down the line and I’ll explain a little more.
Pretty easy to set up. And then there’s the three things I want you to work on when you’re out there practicing.