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The Leading Edge Season 2 Episode 5

Golf Digest Chief Digital Instructor Michael Breed shows you everything you need to know about the most versatile club in your bag: the hybrid.

Released on 2/25/2019

Transcript

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[upbeat music]
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Welcome to Golf Digest Schools and The Leading Edge.
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I'm Michael Breed.
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So excited to be able to help you with your game
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and I appreciate you joining me today.
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I've got Greg DuCharme my assistant.
00:17
Who is one of the best young teachers here with Golf Digest.
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We're talking to you today
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about this club here, the hybrid club.
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One of my favorite clubs.
00:25
One of the most versatile clubs in the bag
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and I'll show you some of the things
00:29
that I mean about that but specifically what I want
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to talk to you about today
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is how you're going to be able to make this club
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a very productive club for you.
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What I would tell you is if you don't have
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at least one hybrid in your bag you need to change that.
00:44
These clubs are going to allow you to get
00:46
the ball up into the air,
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create a little bit of a softer ball
00:50
as it lands on to the green
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and when you have those longer shots
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where you might typically be going
00:56
to a long iron of some sort, three, four five iron,
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the hybrid club is a wonderful replacement.
01:01
But there are things that you need to understand
01:03
in order to be able to hit it now.
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Couple things that go into hitting this club.
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First you've gotta pay attention to ball position.
01:10
So many times we get a club that has some sort
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of a mass on the end of it
01:14
like a three wood or a five wood.
01:16
We start thinking ball forward, ball forward.
01:19
No, you don't wanna do that.
01:20
What you wanna do is you want
01:22
to make sure that ball position
01:23
is back just a little bit from what you think.
01:25
You start getting this ball up here
01:27
and then because of the loft or lack thereof on this
01:31
you start trying to help this get up into the air
01:33
and you top this shot.
01:34
And everybody goes well this is the easiest club to hit.
01:36
Why can I not?
01:38
Because you have the ball in the wrong position.
01:41
So what I like to do with that ball position
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is I like to feel like it's just inside
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sort of in between the buttons of my shirt
01:48
and my armpit just inside that logo.
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So I look at that, get comfortable with that position.
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It may feel like it's a little bit back to you.
01:57
But that's what we want to have happen.
01:59
[ball pinging]
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And what you can see when I hit that shot from there.
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First of all plenty of distance.
02:06
But what I want you to look at come on over here.
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We start to look at apex.
02:13
Now that apex right there is about 95 feet.
02:16
My apexes typically are at about 90 feet.
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If I were to take a two iron or three iron,
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my apex is going to be very very low.
02:25
And when I have a low apex what
02:27
that means is my greens shrink.
02:29
Because when the ball lands it starts to run through.
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When I take this shot,
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I have it flying in the air about 221.
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It rolls out to about 229.
02:40
So at 95 feet in the apex,
02:42
that ball is rolling out somewhere about
02:45
I don't know maybe 25 feet.
02:47
That's plenty of room for me to be able
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to land that comfortably in the middle of the green
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and it's not gonna roll through.
02:53
That's one of the big advantages to this.
02:55
Now we've talked about ball position.
02:58
We need to make that sure we're aware
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of that ball position all the time.
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Now we have to understand what we're trying to do
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to be solid with this.
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Well the first thing you have to understand is
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it's called a hybrid for a reason.
03:11
And the reason why is what I want you
03:13
to be thinking about is I'm going
03:14
to hit this like an iron.
03:15
So when I hit an iron here what am I thinking about?
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Well I've gotta make sure I can press that ball.
03:22
And that club has to be going in a,
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in a sort of a steepening direction
03:26
down into the strike and when I do that,
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I'm gonna hit the ball and the ball's gonna take off.
03:31
So I take this seven iron and I get this feeling
03:33
that it's coming down on sort of a downward,
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[ball pinging]
03:37
downward strike and then all of a sudden
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I'm hitting the ball first.
03:39
I feel a different compression.
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I feel that ball and the face kinda smooshing together.
03:45
It's the same thing you wanna feel when you've got the iron.
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I mean the hybrid.
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That's why we call it a hybrid.
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It looks like a wood but we want to hit it like an iron.
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So we want to get that feeling that
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that club is going in a downward direction
03:57
almost like I'm taking a divot.
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And that's really the mindset that I want you to have.
04:02
So when you start to get in here
04:03
after you've got that ball position.
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I want you to feel that you're gonna get
04:06
this club traveling down into that ball.
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And get the feeling that you're gonna take a divot.
04:13
[ball pinging]
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And again when we start to do that,
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and that one wasn't my greatest strike.
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I got that a little bit out on the toe.
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But when we look over here at the apex of the shot,
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wanna take a picture and see did I get
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that thing close to that?
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Look at that.
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Come on over here.
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Come on with me.
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Let's go and have some fun.
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Look at that right there.
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90 feet of apex.
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That's exactly what I'm trying to get out of this.
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Even though you feel like man I'm hittin' down.
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You're not hitting down.
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The ball's gonna go up into the air.
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You gotta trust that.
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Now how do we do that?
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The key is gonna be centering the body
04:45
into the stance in the down swing.
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So many times what I see happen with you
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is when you're coming down,
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you're trying to get this ball to get up into the air.
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The right shoulder stays back.
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The head starts moving behind.
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And you start letting the club bottom out back in here.
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So when it starts to bottom out here,
05:03
now the club is on an upward angle
05:05
as it comes into the ball.
05:06
That's how we top it.
05:07
So we get in here like this.
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Back up and now all of a sudden,
05:11
I'm falling back and the ball is staying along the ground
05:15
because I'm trying to help it get into the air.
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So I start taking my shoulders and tipping them up.
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And my shoulders now don't stay
05:21
in my footprint or in my stance.
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What I want you to do is I want you to get the feeling
05:27
that you're gonna center your body
05:31
in between your feet as you start that downswing.
05:35
So you get into here.
05:37
Back now we're gonna center up just like this
05:40
and then we're gonna go through
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and as we go through now all of a sudden,
05:43
that clubhead starts to be in a downward direction
05:47
as it comes into the strike.
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But you gotta make sure that you center this up.
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It may feel like you're moving forward.
05:55
[ball pinging]
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And now when we hit that shot,
05:58
now all of a sudden it's nice and solid
06:00
but look at where my body is.
06:02
I'm nice and forward here.
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I'm not leaning back.
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I'm not putting any pressure on the toes of the trail foot.
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I'm leaning forward.
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I'm up on the toe.
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Let's try that again.
06:13
And get used to that feeling of the trail foot feeling light
06:17
when you come through here.
06:19
As you hold that follow through,
06:21
that trail foot needs to feel light.
06:27
[ball pinging]
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Now I'm sitting here, I can tap this here.
06:31
This works nicely.
06:33
What did the ball do?
06:34
Okay so it hits my target.
06:36
Didn't go in, how does that happen?
06:39
But still really good and
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as I start to get that look at my apex.
06:44
That apex up there 100 feet.
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That's really high for that hybrid.
06:48
I'm not a lot of clubhead speed.
06:50
I don't have a lot of clubhead speed.
06:51
Not a high clubhead speed player.
06:53
But I do get the apex high because of this club.
06:57
So you need to make sure that you've got that happening.
06:59
Get that body, that upper body to center
07:03
into that the middle of the stance there.
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And then you're gonna have success.
07:07
Now one of the other things that I want you
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to be paying attention to as you're centering
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is the height of the lead shoulder.
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When we start to center our body into our framework
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the lead shoulder is gonna stay down a little bit.
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I don't want that lead shoulder to pop up into the air.
07:25
As that lead shoulder drives up into the air,
07:28
that's when you start falling back.
07:30
I want that lead shoulder to stay low.
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And as that lead shoulder stays low now I'm centering up.
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Now I'm getting that club to get into the ground,
07:38
hit the ball, and then get the ground or take a divot.
07:45
So feel that lead shoulder staying down in there.
07:49
[ball pinging]
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Good balance.
07:53
Again this is a solid strike just a little bit off the toe.
07:57
But a very good shot, very accurate.
08:00
Let's see what my apex is.
08:03
85 feet.
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So as you see,
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I'm right in that 90 foot range there
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and as I get into that 90 foot range,
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now I know that I am able to play.
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So let me put this all in a nice little bow
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for you here so you understand.
08:16
One, ball position, pay attention to ball position.
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Don't let it creep too far forward.
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Get it sort of in the right where that logo is
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on the backside of the logo in between
08:26
the buttons and the armpit.
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That's the first thing that you're gonna do.
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Make sure that you've got that ball position
08:30
really focused in that spot.
08:33
Then as we start to do this
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we're gonna feel that body almost getting centered
08:37
into the stance by that lead shoulder
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and we're gonna get this feeling
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that this club is going in a downward,
08:45
[ball pinging]
08:46
angle right there.
08:48
Greg, you got anything you wanna know about?
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You got any questions here for me?
08:52
Anybody tagging on your coat tails?
08:55
So what happens with the hybrids sometimes
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they can spin a little too much
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and they can float in the air a little bit too much.
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What do you do to limit the backspin in that sense?
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So what ends up happening is
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when we start to get the ball just going
09:08
a little forward in our stance.
09:11
And that backspin right there is about 3000, 3100.
09:14
When I start to get the ball too far forward in my stance,
09:17
and I start swinging across this thing,
09:20
and I'm actually able to create a solid contact
09:23
but it's gonna be a,
09:24
[ball pinging]
09:25
a little bit of a slice shot.
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Which is what I'm gonna get.
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What you end up doing is you end up starting
09:31
to put a little more backspin on that ball
09:34
and it starts to spin up and it glances off the face.
09:37
It kind of makes contact here.
09:39
And starts to roll up the face this way.
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Now it's not in contact with the club long enough
09:44
to actually roll up towards to the toe.
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But it does start to impart a little bit
09:49
of movement towards the toe.
09:51
And as that starts to happen,
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we start to get a little bit of side spin.
09:54
So what you could see is I made that move right there.
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Come on up here with me.
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And what you're gonna see remember
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the one before was at about 3100.
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Now look at what happened here.
10:02
I made the move.
10:03
You can see all that side spin was 1900 RPMs to the right.
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What happened?
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My spin rate, my backspin rate gets up to almost 5800.
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Now that's not quite double.
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But it's close.
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But what ends up occurring at that point
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is now all of a sudden my distance goes down.
10:19
I only got that thing to carry in the air 191 yards.
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So I lost a lot of distance because of that glancing blow.
10:26
So Greg to your question,
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one of the reasons why that happens is because
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we get that ball position so far forward.
10:32
And then we start swiping across it
10:34
so we create a glancing blow.
10:36
And we get a glancing blow,
10:37
we don't get the distance that we want.
10:39
So let me just take one more for you here,
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go through this whole thing.
10:43
Ball position's gonna be back.
10:44
We're gonna center up that framework,
10:46
make sure that lead shoulder
10:49
is gonna stay low when we hit that.
10:51
And when we do that I should get this thing up
10:52
to an apex of about 90 feet and I should get
10:56
about 220 out of this shot.
10:59
[ball pinging]
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So there's the shot.
11:04
Now little bit more draw on that one
11:07
than I really wanted to have.
11:09
Let's take a look at what our final numbers are
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when we hit this and let's see how we did.
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So I told you I was gonna get about 220.
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I got about 225 on that.
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See the backspin number come down?
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So that backspin number comes down under 3000.
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Remember the other one was at 5700.
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Now look at my apex.
11:25
94 feet, that's right in my number.
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If I'm trying for 90 and I get it to 94 feet,
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I'm doing really well.
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All right so you gotta keep reaching out to us.
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Greg and I are trying to help you play better golf.
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We need to hear from you.
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Send those emails Michael.breed.@golfdigest.com.
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Wanna thank you so much for joining me over here
11:44
on The Leading Edge and remind you
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you have any questions on your game,
11:48
you want to know how to improve it.
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All you need to do is reach out to us here
11:52
at the Golf Digest Schools and what we're gonna do,
11:54
we're gonna listen, we're gonna read,
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we're gonna watch, and we're gonna help you
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make sure and you join us.
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