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The Leading Edge Season 2 Episode 1

Michael Breed talks about gaining consistency and distance with your driver in this week's The Leading Edge.

Released on 1/25/2019

Transcript

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Welcome to Golf Digest School's on The Leading Edge.
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I'm Michael Breed, thanks so much for joining me today.
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Listen we love hearing from you
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so make sure you get those videos to us.
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Any questions that you have,
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send 'em along to me at michael.breed@golfdigest.com.
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So I wanna help you with the driver.
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We gotta get that under control.
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You're hittin' too many slices.
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You're losin' some distance.
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I wanna show you how simple this can be
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for you to gain some distance, gain some consistency.
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Let's go over to the Microsoft Surface Hub
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and let's take a little peek at Francesco Molinari
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'cause there's some things that you can do that he does
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before this club even gets into motion
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that's gonna help you improve the driver.
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The first one is ball position.
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So many times we're confused with ball position
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and we think we should be puttin' this ball
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outside of, or right on, that right toe.
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I want you to start to think about this
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as where this is in my upper body,
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and what we want is we want that ball position
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right in the armpit of the lead shoulder.
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That's a key to being able to strike this ball properly
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and set up correctly to it.
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Now from there we wanna pay attention to one other thing,
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and that is the lines of the body.
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I wanna see the lines; the toe line, knee line,
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hip line, shoulder line,
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I want those all to be parallel.
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So many times you're getting your shoulders open to that
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and it's creating some problems
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which I'm gonna share with you in just a second.
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But if you look at Francesco, he's got the toe line here
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and the shoulder line here,
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the knee line is in the same spot,
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all of those are all running parallel to one another,
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and that allows him to be in a balanced position.
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So when you look at him at address,
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and let me take care of some of this,
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some of these drawings that we have here,
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and what you're gonna see is,
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is that at address, and with the shoulders,
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you're gonna see the line now going in an upward direction.
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That means that they're all square.
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You set in there and your shoulders are level to the ground?
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That means your shoulders are gonna be open.
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So let me go over here and show you what I'm talking about
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so we can get this straight.
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When we get set up, what I want you to pay attention to is,
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first of all, this ball position being right here.
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When that comes down it's gonna be inside of the heel,
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and depending upon the width of your stance
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if you have a really wide stance,
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the shoulders aren't gonna move, the feet will.
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Now all of a sudden it may be a full driver head,
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maybe five or six inches inside that heel.
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If you have a narrow stance like this,
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well then that might be right on the foot.
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It all depends on how wide you like to play with
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with the width of the stance.
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So you always are paying attention to this position here.
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Ball position is totally in the upper body.
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And then when we start paying attention to
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what's happening with the shoulder line,
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what I want you to do is a very simple thing.
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You're gonna look down
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and you're gonna take a line of where the feet are
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and then all I want you to do is
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I want you to just come up here,
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bring your golf club up into this spot here
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and make sure that they're parallel.
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And when you get to that, now all of a sudden,
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in this down-the-line view, what you're gonna see is
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just a little bit of the lead forearm
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above the trail forearm.
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If you're in here in this fashion there,
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when I get my shoulders open
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and you can see how now they're pointing over to the left,
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my trail arm sits on top of the lead arm.
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What is that gonna do?
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Well let me show you what that's gonna do.
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If I set up in that poor position right there.
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With the ball positioned up and my shoulders open,
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now when I swing, first of all,
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when I get set up you're gonna see the upper body
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is almost ahead of the lower body.
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In other words, the upper part of my spine
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is closer to the target than the lower part of my spine.
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But when I take this club back
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what ends up happening is the club's gonna work outside.
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It's then gonna work very steeply into the ball
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and I'm gonna hit a shot
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that's gonna start over to the left hand side
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and should have a low trajectory
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with a little bit of a slice.
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So now I hit that shot.
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You can see this ball spinning over to the right hand side.
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And as this starts to come out,
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spin rates are gonna go up,
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launch angle's gonna come down,
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ball speed's gonna come down.
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There's a lot of things that are gonna happen.
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So when I get over here,
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just look at a couple of things here.
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First, my side spin, that spin rate number is 1600.
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That means that ball is really spinning a lot
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and it's spinning with a little bit of a right axis tilt.
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When it lands on the ground, it's gonna grab.
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It's not gonna go very far at all.
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Second thing is, ball speed is at 143.
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That's very slow.
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So when I hit that ball I carried it about 217,
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it rolls out to about 230.
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So let's just say it had a 15 yard release.
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Now look at my apex, 55 feet on the apex.
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That's really, really low.
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The ball doesn't stay in the air.
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It's not carrying anything.
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And then I start looking at my horizontal launch angles
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and vertical launch angles.
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My vertical launch angle is 7.2 degrees.
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I wanna see that thing around 11, 12, 13 degrees,
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maybe if you have a lot of club head speed
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it might be able to get into the tens,
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but I don't wanna see it lower than that double digit.
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That's really one of the things that I pay attention to.
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And then the horizontal launch;
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I told you it was gonna start to the left,
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5 1/2 degrees to the left.
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We've gotta change all that.
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How're we gonna change that?
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Well, we're gonna change all that
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in that address position.
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So when I get into the address position
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what I'm gonna do is I'm gonna first check and make sure
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that that ball position is now right underneath that armpit,
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and then what I wanna do is make sure that my shoulders
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are gonna be square to the toe line,
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and I'll do that by making sure that my lead shoulder's
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a little bit higher than my trail shoulder.
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So now all of a sudden I'm square in here.
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What it's gonna feel like for you
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is that you're aiming farther to the right,
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or the push side, which is exactly what we need to have
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in order to get that ball to start out to the right
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'cause the way we're gonna gain some distance
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and some consistency is to get rid of that tail to the right
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and get that thing spinning to the left.
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So we gotta start it out to the right
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in order for us to hit this draw.
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So first I get into here like this
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and now watch just what happens.
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I'm just gonna make this golf swing.
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And I hit that shot.
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Now what you're gonna see is that golf ball's
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now gonna be turning over from right to left.
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I'm not thinking about altering the motion just yet.
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I'm just swinging from that position.
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So come on up here and watch what happens.
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These are the things that have just changed.
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One thing that changed, my ball speed went from 142 to 146,
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again, not altering my motion
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or thinking about how I'm gonna create some speed.
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So that's one of the things that ended up happening.
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Also look at what happened.
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You see my spin rate?
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My back spin went to 2200.
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It was way up before, that back spin went down a little bit.
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My side spin also switched from a right spin to a left spin.
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What does that all mean?
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When the ball got on the ground
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this carried about the exact same distance,
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it carried about 217 yards, the other one was 216.
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Remember, the other one rolled out to 231.
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This one goes out to 254,
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because I don't have all that back spin on the ball.
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It's got a little bit of left spin,
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and a little less left spin,
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so now I'm gettin' that ball to release a little bit.
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Now we gotta get this thing
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to stay in the air a little bit longer,
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and we gotta get that ball to go a little bit faster.
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So how do we do that?
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This is the final thing I want you to pay attention to.
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When we start to move this club in the backswing
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I want you to feel like your shoulders
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are gonna get turned behind
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so that they are now perpendicular to the start line.
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And when you get to that spot
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you're gonna feel like, at the top of the swing,
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the upper part of the spine is farther from the target
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than the lower part of the spine.
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Remember we were talking before about how
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when we get set up in this position here,
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when we take the club back,
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now I'm almost tilting down this way?
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I want to feel like I'm almost tilting down this way.
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That's why the upper part of the spine
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will be farther from the target
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than the lower part of the spine.
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So we get set up here,
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and now what I want to feel is
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I wanna feel this rotation here,
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and at the top you can see how the upper part of the spine
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is farther away from the target
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than the lower part of the spine.
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Does that actually happen?
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Who knows, we'll find out,
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but what will happen is my launch angle is gonna
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start to go up, my spin rate's gonna start to come down,
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my ball speed's gonna go up,
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and my distance is gonna go up.
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So, I get in here like this,
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get my target,
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and now we're gonna make
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this good full rotation behind the ball.
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And now what I'm gonna get,
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you're gonna see that golf ball's gonna stay in the air
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a whole lot longer.
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I still have that really good draw,
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ball gets onto the ground, and now it starts to release.
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Let's see what we end up getting out of this.
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Remember we were carrying that ball maximum 217?
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All of a sudden that one there carried,
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and a little bit of a mishit, I carried it 237,
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so I picked up 20 yards
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by making sure that I got that rotation.
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What also happened?
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My back spin number, that went down,
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so now I'm at about 2200 on that.
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I still got some left spin,
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not into the thousands, just into the 500s here.
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But here's where this really gets fun.
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Look at my vertical launch.
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Remember I told you before that I wanted it like 11, 12, 13?
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Right at 12 1/2, that's exactly what I want,
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and then my apex goes from 45, 55, all the way up to 77;
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we'll round up and get it into the 80s.
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What ends up happening?
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I end up hitting the ball a little bit stronger,
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a little bit farther with that little draw.
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And what I can promise you is this:
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When you get to a point
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where you understand exactly how to put yourself
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in the right position, and the ball in the right position,
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and get your body to make the right move behind it,
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what you're gonna end up getting is
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you're gonna end up getting a stronger,
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more consistent shot,
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get rid of that slice, get that draw, and all of a sudden
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you're gonna be swinging like Francesco Molinari.
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Now, I want to thank you all so much
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for joining me over here on The Leading Edge.
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Remind you we're here every single week
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helping you out.
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All you need to do to be a part of the show?
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Reach out to me, send a video, give me an email,
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whatever it is that you want
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and send it to michael.breed@golfdigest.com.
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I wanna thank you so much for being a part of the show.
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We'll see you next time.
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