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Gary Woodland's Swing Secrets

Gary Woodland's swing all comes down to getting a precise setup. Hank Haney shows us just how he does it.

Released on 11/23/2015

Credits

Starring: Hank Haney

Transcript

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Gary Woodland is one of the
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longest hitters on the PGA tour.
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When you have the amount of speed that he has,
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you have to be absolutely precise at address.
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Any little difference in your grip and setup
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will make a huge difference in where the golf ball goes.
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Let's take a look at Gary's picture-perfect setup here.
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The one thing that you really always
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want to pay attention to is that your arms
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and your shoulders are sitting right in front of your body.
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So he's got this triangle just right where you'd want it.
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The other thing to pay attention to is notice how
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his right shoulder is just a little bit lower
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than his left shoulder, but not too much.
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The same amount that his right hand is lower
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than his left hand on the grip,
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that's how much lower the right shoulder should be.
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Now, the other thing to look at,
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look at where his hand position is.
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They're a little bit back.
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That's because with a driver,
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the face of the club is in front of the club shaft
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and that's the correct position there.
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Now, it's not gonna be that position at impact
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because at address, his weight is 50-50.
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At impact, his weight is gonna be on his left side,
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probably 90 percent on his left side,
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and at that position, his hands are gonna move forward,
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but at address, you're getting ready,
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remember, to make a take away.
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You're not getting ready to make impact,
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so to make a take away, you want your hands
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in this position here, where his hands are there,
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and they're a little bit back of where the club head is.
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This is a picture-perfect position,
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where anybody, if they could setup in that position,
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at least they give themselves a chance
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to have a good golf swing from there.
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If you've got that nice, balanced, neutral setup,
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it gives you an opportunity, as you turn back,
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to keep your arms in front of your body,
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and get the proper extension back away from the golf ball.
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Let's take a look as Gary moves back away from the ball.
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His arms are staying out in front of his body,
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and he's got good extension.
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This is what they call width in the swing.
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He's keeping his arms in front of his body,
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and extending them back.
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That gives you a bigger arc, and it keeps your body,
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and hands, and arms in sequence with one another.
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He's turned his shoulders.
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His arms are in front of his body.
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As opposed to letting his arms
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swing across his chest like this,
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he's keeping his arms in that same position
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he had at address, and that is a key position
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for consistency and for power.
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(upbeat music)
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