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Play Better Golf by Educating Your Hands

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Hello, my name is Martin Chuck, inventor of the Tour Striker training clubs. Today we’re here in beautiful Indian Wells, California. At the vintage golf club. I’m going to introduce to you the Tour Striker Educator. Okay. First thing I got to show you how to put the Educator in your golf club.

You know, you’ll notice that you’ve got a little arm here that’s going to help you understand the feel of the tool, and then there’s a little spike that goes in the weep hole, the vent hole of your grip, and this is the way it works. A little moisture on the grip, just like you’re putting air in a basketball. Pop this into the end of the club, just one inch, and we’re going to take this cap and hold it down over the end of your golf club just like, so with your thumb holding it down and go ahead and gently push it into the club and the nature of the bend in the curve is going to make you get a little tight in the shaft and that’s all you really want. Then if we look at this, we’ll see that this indicator arm is parallel to the grooves and the face, so it’s in a nice square relationship with a face.
This is where we’re going to get started for chipping. You’ll notice that this indicator arm is 90 degrees to the spike that goes into the grip. That’s where we’re going to do a lot of chipping, a lot, a little field shots around the green, so you’re aware of your impact alignments, your impact angles. Let’s talk about that. So with the club, with the grooves at 12:00 and the indicator arm nice and vertical 90 degrees, we’re going to take this club and put an inline condition to where we can gently feel the indicator on brushing against the inside of her left arm. This is an inline condition. This is one of the magic positions in golf. One of the real proponents of the tour striker. When we take the Tour Striker and we learn how to have a little forward shaft lean, that’s what the Tour Striker builds into.
Good striking. This little Tour Striker Educator is going to help us with that alignment, so in a chipping procedure, let’s talk about that. We’re going to take the club from address hands where we have the vertical wrist position on top of the grip making a very sound lefthand hold. We’re going to go into our impact alignment where the indicator arm is up the left side of our forearm and for those rights, for those that are left handed golfers out there, I apologize, but you’re great at flipping this stuff around. It’s now I’ve got my inline condition, so when you’re making this motion, you want the end of the club and your hip to travel together. Working left, we do not want the end of the grip or the end of the end of the Educator to work away from your body. We want this to work circular circularly around the body as you transport onto your left side, and then from here we’re just going with a narrow base.

Learn how to pivot this arm in this relationship because this in essence is really the chip stroke. What we’re gonna do from here is we’re learning how to tip this over to where this circular motion touches the ground where the golf ball is and it propels the golf ball onto the green. Now you’ll notice there’s no flippy motion of the shaft and the arm. Okay. The key with the Educator is to have the subtle awareness of what the hands are doing in the golf swing. Very, very, very crucial for your improvement in golf. So let’s hit a couple of chips.

Again. We’re going to take the club. We’re going to get it up in the air, get the indicator arm against the inside of her left forearm. From here, we can put both our hands on the club. Now in this condition, I’ve got the shaft and left arm in an alignment. This is an impact alignment. When we hit full golf shots were in an address condition. When we chip and hit little pitches, we can start off and an impact condition. Certainly when we chip, the difference between chipping and pitching is that chipping. We don’t hinge an unhinged because we don’t need the speed to hit these little shots in chipping by definition is also a shot that tends to roll more than advise versus a pitch that tends to fly more than a rolls, so this little chipping procedure, we get the shaft of the left arm, get the indicator gently touching the left inside of your arm, and we’re just going to pivot onto her left heel.

You can see by when I do this, you can ask yourself the question on my arms moving. Are they being moved well in this condition? They’re being moved gently by my pivot and my pivot is simply a rotary motion onto my left heel. Now one of the keys to effective chipping is to find your radius. We want to get the golf club, find a nice radius by getting our arms nice and long, gently long, and take this radius right to the green stuff. The tippy tips of the green stuff. Now, and I’m looking down at the golf ball. My eyes are on the ball, but my mind is feeling this indicator on the inside of my left arm. Now the simple pivot to my target, I can hit a lovely chip shot.
Okay, so I hit a simple little chip shot there. Let’s talk about some of the key elements of chipping. Know clearly you could see with the Educator that this little indicator rod stayed on the inside of my left wrist, it didn’t break away, but we want to do is learn how to transport the club in this long lever, left arm and shaft together. Elements of the Tour Striker, with our pivot that some of the little things that you’ll miss out there, they’re really, really want to highlight. Let me get a prop. Here’s a dowel rod just as a little alignment stick so you understand what we’re doing with our motion. When we make a chip shot. Again, when I made this chip, this club did not try to go down the target line. When they go down the target line, you can see this gap occurs from my body and my left arm.
When I did do, as I made this motion is I kept this indicator arm vertical on top and I rotated circular to finish and balance on my target, so no time. When you’re hitting these little chip shots, do you want to try to follow the ball with the club head? I know people love to quote, hit it straight, but we have to swing on an arc. We have to swing on a circle and then chipping. It’s vital because if our path doesn’t make sense, if our path is to inside out a shot, a club head that goes down, the target line is also a club. If that’s going low to high, it really doesn’t have the right impact. Alignments, a feeling and a thought for you when you hit these little chipping exercises with the Educator is that the gap between your left hip bone in the butt of the club stays in tact as you rotate through to hit these shots, so you’ll notice that this gap stays there or not growing any longer, so keep that going. Keep that little gap between the left hip bone and the butt of the club as you pivot through and you’re hitting your little chip shots with the Educator, and again, it never works away from the inside of the left arm were transporting a lever through pivot. Let’s talk about
pitching. Okay, so we’ve talked

about the basics of a chip stroke. It’s a stroke that doesn’t have any cocking or uncocking up the plane of the left arm. In a pit stroke, we need to carry the ball a little bit further. The ball’s gonna fly a little bit more than a roles, so in order to do that, we have to add the potential for speed. And to do that, we’re going to learn how to cock and uncork the club properly with the help of the Educator. Now, when I set up an address position for a normal strike with the Tour Striker, I have what I call mid body hands. I’ve got my vertical left wrist on top of the grip, a little cup in the back of my left hand, my V’s, are pointing to my right shoulder. And you’ll notice that the indicator arm is not on the inside of my left arm.

This is my address hand location. When we hit a pitch shot, we can simplify things. We can take this indicator arm, we can put it onto the inside of her left forearm. And then we can just feel as cocking and uncocking because this motion add speed to a golf swing. We are building the little tiny building block of your golf swing that we’re progressing along. As we understand how the Educator can help you through all elements, your golf game. So let’s a little pitch shot. Describe the differences of a pitch and a chip. When the chip motion, you could see how I just got the club, got to the tippy tips of the green stuff, fan my radius. And then I had a little body motion without any hinges of the golf club. So what I’m going to do with the help of the Educator in the feel that gives me is to understand as I make my little backswing keeping this indicator are vertical.

I can feel the shaft workup the plane in my left arm and down the plane and my left arm. This gives, this gives me some speed potential to let my pivot apply the club to the ball to easily make golf ball pitch a little farther with spin. All the elements of the tour striker, so let’s a little pitch. I’ve got a little shot, got 40 yards, that little pin, some my minds. I’ll take a little backswing, little through swing, all the while feeling this indicator arm sliding against my forearm, keeping it on there as my hands uncock. It’s maintained on there and there’s my body pivots. It really hinges on the inside of my left forearm. You’ll notice I’m not twisting or turning the indicator, the indicators on the golf club firmly. It’s not on super tight because I don’t want you to be able to to manipulate it and not really know if you’re shoving this device out of position.
Okay? If you do some random move you, you can. You can move the indicator arm around on your golf club. That’s not why I designed it. I want you to feel if you are moving it around, because once you get in position, you should peacefully be able to move this club hinge, it pivoted without tweaking it out of position, so let’s put it back correctly again. Pop it in the end of the club, about one inch, push the cap down, hold the cap down, and then gently slide this spike in until it starts to apply a little pressure within the shaft and check to see that you’ve got the indicator arm. Pretty much square with the grooves, so let’s hit the pitch shot. So when I’m practicing with the Educator again, it’s about awareness. It’s about feeling. I’m feeling got my. Eyes close here and feeling this club hinge up the plane and my left arm. How do I know it’s in a perfect hinge? Because I can gently feel the arm of the Educator brushing on the inside of my left forearm. There is a perfectly square position right there that we’re going to learn how to transport that wonderful impact alignment into the golf ball. Pivot and finished. Let’s hit one.

I’ve got the indicator arm gently on my left forearm. We’re going to hinge it it a little pitch shot, hold it and feel that it’s still there. That’s how we know that we’ve transported really sound impact alignments to the golf ball resulting in very, very accurate and consistent golf shots when you pitch,
so you just saw a little pitch shot where I let the club hinge up the plane in my left arm on hinge as my pivot, deliver the club head to the ball, hit a nice little pitch shot. If you can dedicate 15 minutes to this little motion to really understand how club hinges and unhinges in the linear left arm and flat, left wrist as your pivot delivers a golf club. What that’s going to do if you’re game, it’s all a Tour Striker idea of correct strike forward lean to get that elevated leading edge of the tour striker, below the equator of the golf ball. All this stuff wraps up with the Educator. It’s just another awareness device and how you’re going to feel that when you don’t have your coach handy, when nobody’s there to help you and you want to really work on your alignments, the pitch, that’s a great way to do that. It’s a short little swing. You can really mentally get into the feel of this little device, this indicator arm of the Educator brushing against the inside of your left arm as you transport that into impact. And finally into finish. Let’s talk about how this is going to help you with your full swings and some faults and fixes that the Educator is going to just change your game.
All right. We’re still talking about pitching here and we understand how vital it is to have the club cock and uncock in the plane of the left arm. That nice flat, left wrist that’s just so common with the best players in the world. Sure you see some variety or wrist positions out there and tour, but by and large, everybody’s got a flat left wrist. Dustin Johnson, little bit bowed, Gram Mcdowell, a little bit bowed. You can play some good golf from there. It’s pretty tough to play good golf from a cupped wrist position. Well, let’s continue on with a little pitching exercise are really going to help you. It’s the uncocking drill and this is how the Educator is going to make real sense, how you finish off a pitch. Let’s, let’s show you how it works. Now when you put in your Educator, you’re going to put it in, but this time you’re going to put it in perpendicular to the grooves in the face, so once again you are going to pop it in the end of your golf club about an inch when it’s in about an inch, click the cap down, hold the cap down, push it down so it starts to get a little tight and just make sure that it’s perpendicular, running away from the grooves, just like so.

Okay? Then what we’re going to work on with this, we’re going to just make sure that we unhinge uncock fully through the shot that you saw on the pitch shot. I went, I let this golf club re hinge up the plane, of the left arm, but just to have a feeling of real extension. What’s you’ll notice here is if I make my motion to the camera that I can now feel this indicator underneath my right forearm that ensures that I fully uncocked. See a lot of golf swings, a lot of amateur golf swings. You know you get a lot of this flippy motion. Well, this flipping motion certainly isn’t uncocked. If the hands get to a nice uncocked position. Now you’ve got the maximum lever, the maximum extension possible to strike crisp shots. Let’s show you how the uncocking drill works. How are you going to train your hands with a Tour StrikerEducator? So again, we’re going to this uncocking motion through impact to where we can feel this Educator arm indicator to where it comes up and we feel it underneath the right forearm. What that does really gives us nice extension through the golf ball. Let’s hit a little shot. So when you’re working on this drill, again, clubs not on the ground, we’ve got a good radius that’s hit a little shot.
Now I’m going to hold for a moment here just to make sure that I can feel that indicator arm underneath my right forearm that ensures that I’ve fully uncorked prior to any sort of re hinge. Okay? Just another little awareness. Very, very important. So you’re not flipping the golf clubs so you’re not trying to have the wrong hand action as we go through impact. There’s a nice long look before the club three hinges up the plane of the left arm,
okay? Okay.
As you guys know that the Tour Striker Club, the key is impact alignments and with the Educator, it’s going to help you with that. It’s going to help you understand how your hands relate to the club. We don’t want a lot of twisting of the club face. We want a vertical cocking and uncocking, and when we start to hit full shots like we’re going to you right now, this is gonna. Help us learn how to feel what a flat left wrist and very solid impact alignments are at the top of the swing, there’s a really good chance if you can get to here, you’re going to get to impact and a pretty good position, so the awareness of how we take the golf club and you’ll see me close my eyes and I want you to do the same because I want you aware of your address condition and how we assemble this impact condition at the top, nice flat left wrist, square club, face to the back of my left hand, and how am I pivot is going to deliver that condition to the golf ball.
So if I hit a little shot for us, it’s going to look like this. When I address the golf ball, the indicator isn’t on the inside of my left forearm. It is off. It’s off my forearm because I don’t assemble my alignments until somewhere in the way back. That’s a pretty typical way that most tour players do it. Sure. You had a Jack Nicklaus who liked to set up with this forward shaft lean and from here he had a little lagging club head takeaway where that indicator on when it came away from this left forearm, but for most of you, I want to get once you get that left wrist vertical on top of the grip with that club head pointing at your belly button, and then in your backswing we call it the buggy whip. If you’ve watched some of my other dvds, you understand the buggy whip and loading motion to the top of the swing. How we get that flat left wrist loaded, how we create that angle to where pivot can help us unload that angle to hit really solid shots. Let’s go ahead and hit a seven iron, so address the golf ball. Find the top of the green stuff. Find your radius. Now this indicator arm isn’t touching the inside of my left forearm, but as I worked back immediately it starts to touch in the shaft hinges and unhinged is in the plane of that left arm. So let’s go ahead and hit one.
And what did you notice there is that I still have that indicator arm on the plane, on my left forearm. What most struggling golfers do is that they’ll take this club, they’ll over-rotate this left arm, to where this indicator, never gets on the flat inside portion of the left arm, so they’re manipulating the club face at club face has one too many moves to make from the top of the backswing down to impact. There’s your famous slice alignment. So you slicers out there. I’ve got a great drill coming up, but you need to be aware of that relationship club face to the back of your left arm, nice and square, no over rotating. No getting the indicator offer this position. One of the best things about the Educators, it really emphasizes what produces power and golf, but 70 percent of the power you’re going to play to your golf ball is really from educated hands. The Tour Striker Educator is all about educating your hands. I can stay with my feet together and make it organized, assembled, move, and create quite a bit of speed without very much body motion. I’ll hit a little shot for you.
There’s a balance. Little arms only swing basically, and I hit the shot about say 70 percent, 75 percent of my typical distance with a seven iron. What I see with a lot of amateurs as a lot of unnecessary body motion, I call it Elvis, too much legs moving around with the Educator. You’re going to feel the cocking uncocking recocking. That really is the biggest speed generator in the golf swing, so you can make a bunch of swings with your feet together, feeling the Educator on the inside of your forearm as it hinges un hinges and re hinges. This is a quiet body arm swing that when you can organize your alignments, organize your body, make this swing. We can get our right arm involved if I do it to the camera, looks like this quiet body organized arms and hands. This peoples where the majority of the speed is. If I can do that properly, now I can blend in a little bit of fall in a little bit of pivot burst to really maximize my distance, but that’s all useless unless. I had educated hands and that’s what the Tour Striker Educator to really going to help you with.
Here we are going to show you one of my favorite drills. I’ve got my Tour Striker, my Tour Striker Educator. This is what I call tour hands a drill I call inside out. We’ve got the Educator still in its 90 degree orientation. I’m going to loosen the bolt, I’m going to take the arm and I’m going to put it up into a 45 degree in orientation and this is why you see most of your golfers that are struggling over the years. Get that nice and parallel to the grooves on their way back. They over rotate their left arm. They’ll never get the Educator on the inside of their left arm. Well, we’re going to learn how to deal with the Tour Striker Educator is hinge the club vertically and get that Ben Hogan move of that flat, even somewhat bowed left wrist. So what I want you to do, if you don’t have those tour hands, so it was a wonderful alignments and you’re having a hard time practicing getting that nice flat left wrist.
Use Your Tour Striker its gonna going to help you immensely, and now the Tour Striker Educator is going to teach you how to have the right motion of hinges and we’re going inside to out and letting our pivot deliver that tour hands looked at. Nice forward shaft, lean, flat, left wrist, delivered by pivot. So this is a drill. We’ll do this a couple different ways. We’ll do it with our eyes closed, feel it hinge, and you can clearly see what’s going on with my hands here, how we’re going to bow that left wrist down just a little bit and let our pivot deliver that forward shaft lean so that Educators on the inside of my forearms as I start, let my pivot work back, hinge it, let it work under and deliver. And this is a great rhythm exercise because it takes a little bit of coordination to do this do it with your eyes closed and feel it.
It’s darn near impossible to slice the golf ball from here people. So if you do have a curvature that goes left to right, this is really gonna. Fix your slice because now you’re learning how to square that club face in strike with a forward leaning square club face versus this move and where the club face comes in wide open, which causes a steep over the top shot with a ball that peels off to the right, which we don’t want. It doesn’t go far, it goes to the right. Well, let’s learn how to get this face on ball squarely and learn the tour hands move with the inside out drill. That’s you’re going to do with a Tour Striker Educator.
Alright, so I just showed you the inside out drilled a tour hands. This is a variation on that and this is the no slice drill. This is going to give you the feedback so you understand how to get that face square and actually get it to close the proper rate of closure through impact. So we’re going to start off in the inside, out drill the tour hands drill will. This time I put it in the driver, I’ve got my Tour Striker Educator. It’s in the driver, it’s in the 45 degree angle. Now, the feeling here and you can hit balls doing this, is that what we want to do is we want to hinge in the same insight out drill. We get to impact. We’re gonna, we’re gonna. Feel like we can let this indicator arm turned down and turnover and you’ll feel if you can turn it down or if you fight it and move it out of position from where it was perpendicular or parallel to the club face, so once again, position the indicator so that it is parallel to the club face of your driver. You can eyeball it, make sure it’s just right. We’re going to hinge
inside out and then let us turn that. Let’s have that feeling of turning down, turning down that indicator armso we can get it to where it’s parallel to the ground and what that does is the inside out move, hinge it outside, and we’re going to turn it down. And my friends, there’s no way you’re going to slice it. From there. You’re going to learn how to take some right to left spin and make it your friend. That’s called a draw and it’s going to go really far, so that is the no slice drill.
Okay?
Let’s talk about the Tour Striker, Educator and how it’s going to help you with awkward curve. The undesirable curve occurs, curse too much, left to right, right to left. Now, once we understand that this club hinges and unhinged is up the plane of the left arm, we’ve pretty much got face control handled. Okay? What’s going to happen is with this, you’re going to build the awareness to avoid this really overdone rotation, whether it be opening the face or closing the face because you’re going to feel it. Now you’ve got a little indicator arm that’s going to help you be aware of what the club face is doing. The clubface represents the great majority of of where the ball starts, but 75 to 85 percent of where the golf ball is going to go. So the indicator is going to help you understand square. Let’s talk about curvature and how to hit that perfect little draw.
So we’re hitting draws or hitting fades and we have a target line in mind. I’ve got a little target line to a pin right here, but obviously I hit my seven iron a little farther than this pin. Let’s talk about curvature. A draw that goes away from the target line and comes back to the target is hit with a club that’s traveling inside out and for years people thought we had to hit it with a closed face. What happened was we over hook shots, the shots we want to hit really purely or shots that go out to the right a little bit in drawback to the target line. They don’t overdraw across the target line, so this is how you’re going to hit a perfect little draw. Okay, so on the draw, my path is somewhat inside out. When it hit the ball, the face is open, but it’s opened less than the amount of the inside out path that produces a little right to left orientation on the ball.
Perfect baby draw. That does not spin back more than our target line. That’s the pin seeker. Keep in mind I’m doing these exercises with my indicator on my arm so that I can feel that if I have a great face relationship to my inline condition here and when I have my end to our path, my face is a little bit open at impact to hit a perfect little draw. So Martin, you know, how do you hit a draw with an open club face? Well, there’s a slight variation between the amount of path going inside out, let’s say, or inside out path is six degrees inside out and my face is open two degrees. Well, that little differences, enough to put a tiny bit or right to left influence on the golf ball to produce a perfect baby draw. Now the same holds true for a cut, a cut shot.
Everybody thinks he hit with an open face. Well actually hit it. A great cut with a closed face, great closed face cutters. Most of the tour plays a beautiful closed face cut. They’ve got a path that’s working from outside in and when they hit the ball, they’re hitting the ball with a slightly closed face, but the face is a little teeny bit open compare to the path, so once again, the path might be five or six degrees to the left. The face might be closed two or three degrees, so no big huge face. Variations in the Tour Striker Educator is going to help you understand that so we don’t have random wide open face and then having a close it. There’s a timing things that people just can’t get around. So you have to understand the face, understand how this assembly works and how we’re going to deliver it with the Tour Striker training club in the Tour Striker Educator.
Okay.
Let’s show you how the tourist striker Educators going to really help you with your putting stroke. So instead of putting it in in the club where the arm is parallel to the grooves, we’re going to put it in perpendicular. We’ve got two little drills to show you here, so pop it in there an inch just like we done with our golf clubs. Click the cap down and then push down the spike until it gets a little tighter. So now we’ve got it perpendicular to the face. We’ve got a little breaking four foot here and what I want you to feel with this is put your left hand on the golf club first, and then just all you’re going to do is put your lifeline of your right hand on the indicator and we’re going to work a shoulder back, shoulder through stroke, and we’re going to avoid any excess hand motion, which you can really feel when you use the Educator. So let’s go ahead and make us a little four foot or here nice and steady backstroke. And through stroke,
very solid little putt. Now I really had to concentrate on moving my shoulders and arms as a unit because my right hand’s not on the golf club. It can just go along for the ride very easily with the Educator. Now you can take this off and you can drill the same feeling by putting it in the other way so it’s perpendicular to the face the other way. Pop it in, click it down, push it in, and now we can work on the right hand feel with a body, so let’s go ahead and try to make one so you may get lucky two in a row, little four foot or right to left brake backstroke through stroke. Very nice. So I’m working on the arms and shoulder relationship with the Educator to eliminate any excess hand movement. Now one final thing you can do with this tool that is fantastic for putting.
We’re going to put it in perpendicular. Once again, pop the cap down, push it down until it gets tight. This time we’re going to take it all the way up to its most vertical position, parallel with the spike that goes in the grip. Now from here, we’ve really got a feeling if we’re moving that club during our stroke, you can see how the Educator arm is pushed up against my right forearm. I can just leave it there randomly and then I can make a stroke. And really I’m aware of my shoulder, arm motion. If I make any flip strokes, I can feel that poking me in the forearm, so you just want to let that go along for the ride, get it organized properly, nice backstroke, organized through stroke,
the tourist striker Educator. I really think its going to make a big, big difference in your putting. I really want to thank you for spending time with me today so I can tell you about the Tour Striker Educator. This is really going to give you the awarenesses and how to use your hands and all the little motions in the golf swing, the chips stroke, pit stroke, the full swings, and train you the little subtleties of the Tour Striker motion. Special thanks today that the vintage club in Indian Wells, California. This was a wonderful place. I really appreciate showing you the Educators as fine facility and remember, come visit@tourstriker.com for a lot more video clips and tips and obviously we’re introducing some new products. Come check back with us. Thank you for being a supporter.