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The Leading Edge Season 2 Episode 3

Golf Digest's Chief Digital Instructor Michael Breed tells you everything you need to know to be able to the hit the draw, whenever you need it.

Released on 2/8/2019

Transcript

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Welcome to Golf Digest Schools,
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I'm Michael Breed and it's The Leading Edge here.
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Always love your contributions to everything
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that we're doing so keep doing that.
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You know how to reach out to me
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at michael.breed@golfdigest.com.
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My assistant, Greg DuCharm, you know him
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from the radio show.
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You also know he's one of the best
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young teachers in America with Golf Digest
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and we're gonna be helping you figure out
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how to hit that draw.
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You know you want it,
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well here you go.
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Make sure you're paying attention.
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So, what are some of the things
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that are essential for us
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to be able to hit the draw?
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Well you first start with the start line of the shot.
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In order for us to hit an effective draw,
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we have to get the ball to start to the push side
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of the target.
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So, how do we do that?
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Let's start with ball position.
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If I play a shot, I've got a six iron here,
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I'm gonna make this exaggerated.
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I'm gonna put the ball well forward in my stance.
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So when I set my ball that far forward
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in my stance and I swing through,
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and I hit that shot, what you're gonna notice
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is A that ball cut back to the target,
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but B and most importantly, what we're gonna see
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is in this horizontal launch,
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we're gonna see that ball started two degrees to the left.
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In order for me to hit an effective draw,
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I have to start that ball to the right.
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If I don't start this to the right
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then I'm gonna hit a pull draw, or a pull hook.
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Something that is not gonna be very effective.
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So I'm gonna move the ball position
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back in my stance.
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Now when I move the ball back in my stance
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and when I ask you to move the ball
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back in your stance, I want you to move it
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far enough back so the ball starts
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to the right for the right handed golfer.
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So right here, I've got the ball,
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it would appear to be very far back in my stance.
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When I swing this club
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and I hit that shot, now what I get
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is I get a ball that's gonna start out to the right.
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Let's go back up to the monitor here
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and let's only pay attention to
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what we're seeing with horizontal launch.
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So at horizontal launch,
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I got that ball to start seven degrees to the right.
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Is that what we want? No.
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It's probably a little bit stronger than we want
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but I need to make sure that it starts to the right
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so ball position has to go back.
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How do we know how far back it's gonna go?
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Well this is individual.
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You've gotta figure that out.
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When I want to get that ball to start,
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I went to the right maybe two to five degrees.
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So that last one, trying to make a point,
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was a little bit farther back than I would do it.
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So now, I'm gonna set this in this position here
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and now let's see.
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Now I hit that shot
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and that turns over to the target
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maybe just misses that target but now I'm gonna
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look at the horizontal launch and see if that
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gets down into that two to five range right at 4.5.
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So that's perfect, that works for me.
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Greg you gotta...
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[Greg] Yeah, I got a question.
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If you move the ball back in your stance,
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are you gonna lower your ball flight?
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Well, no.
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So that's a wonderful question.
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So if we move the ball back in the stance
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are we gonna lower the ball flight?
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Well that ball flight right there
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was about 65 feet.
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I didn't go at it as hard as I want.
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No, what actually is gonna happen
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is it's gonna change your shoulder line.
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So when I have a forward ball position
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and I reach to that, my shoulders are here.
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What you'll notice is my trail shoulder,
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my right shoulder is now just past
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the center of my stance.
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So when I get in here, my right shoulder
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has traveled in a farther dire...
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It's farther down the line.
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And as it being open, hand path is gonna be over here,
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ball's gonna end up going down that left hand side.
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When I move it back, what it does is
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it asks me to take my shoulders
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and close them up and when my shoulders close up,
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what ends up happening is that they're slightly
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more closed when I get into the strike
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and when that happens, now my path
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is going a little bit out to the push side.
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The ball's gonna go out to the push side
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but it's not gonna have an effect
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on what goes on with the trajectory of the shot.
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So many of you are thinking that,
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Greg obviously asking a wonderful question.
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Is that gonna affect the trajectory of the shot?
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Well, the answer is no.
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What does affect the trajectory of the shot
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is the club face.
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When I have an open club face,
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it's gonna go higher than if I have a square
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to shut club face.
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That's gonna come out lower because when I open up
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that club face, I've added loft to the shot
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and when I add that loft, now all of a sudden
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that thing's climbing up into the air
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and it's probably gonna have a little bit
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more spin on it.
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So the spin rate's gonna go and that's gonna help
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move it up in the air.
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So we want to make sure that we're getting
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that ball position back.
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Excellent question.
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Now, how do we go about getting that ball
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to twist back to the target?
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Well, there's two things I want you
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to pay attention to.
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One of 'em is the angle of the wrists.
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So when I take the club back,
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what I want to get this feeling of
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is that I'm really stretching or turning this shaft.
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I want to get the feeling that when I'm going back,
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I'm turning the shaft this way
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which would be counter clockwise
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for the right handed player,
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so when I go back, I'm gonna make sure
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that I get that club face turned
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in that fashion there.
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Turn that shaft, you'll turn the club face.
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So watch what happens when I do this now.
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I'm just gonna show you the curve
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that's gonna happen when I turn
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that shaft counter clockwise.
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So now what you're gonna see
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is that golf ball, it's gonna be a lot stronger hit.
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It's also gonna have a lot of spin to the left.
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Let's take a little peek at what we got
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out of the spin right now.
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So now my side spin is at 1500 rpm's to the left.
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So now I'm turning that over to the left hand side.
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Problem is, is that my horizontal launch,
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when I do that, that goes down to two right.
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That's gonna start to the left
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and then it's gonna spin to the left.
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I don't know whether you can show
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that shot again Greg or not,
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but if you can, that would be wonderful
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for everybody to get a peek at
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how this golf ball starts out.
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Now you can see it starts right,
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but it's relative to the target.
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It doesn't start enough right to allow
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for the left spin.
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So we have to figure out how we're gonna
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get that golf ball to start out a little bit
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more to the right.
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Now, this is where the second part of this
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happens or helps.
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We've got the ball turning,
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we've got the ball starting,
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but it's not starting enough to the right.
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Remember I talked to you about the trail shoulder
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early on and where that trail shoulder
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is in space when we have that forward ball position
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versus the back ball position.
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Well now what I want you to do
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is I want you to focus on the trail shoulder
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as it starts to come down into the strike.
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What I want you to have an understanding of
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or feel of is where that shoulder is
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relative to the trail foot.
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If my trail shoulder is up in between my feet,
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that's gonna in effect take that path,
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drive it down the line a little bit more
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allowing for it to shut club face
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so I'm gonna get a start line
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that's gonna be a little bit more to the left
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than I want and the ball's gonna end up
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twisting to the left.
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What I want to do is I want to get the feeling
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that that right shoulder is now staying back
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towards that right foot and as that starts
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to happen, now we're gonna marry up
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that horizontal launch with that curve
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and that's when we're gonna start
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to get a really good draw.
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So, get in here, I'm just gonna work,
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I'm not working on both of them at this point.
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As you start making these changes,
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I just want you to segment it out.
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So we get used to ball position for a little bit
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then we get used to wrist position for a little bit,
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then we get used to what's happening
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with the trail shoulder coming down to the strike.
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So, we're only working on the trail shoulder
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and this one, when we come down into this one,
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I feel that right shoulder staying back
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onto the right foot.
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Now what's gonna happen is,
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is that because I've worked on the things
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that I'm trying to do,
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now what I'm gonna end up getting is,
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I'm gonna get the golf ball to have
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the left spin.
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That's what we saw when I did the wrist position,
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but look at my horizontal launch.
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Now I'm at 5.5 to the right,
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so Greg can you run that again for me?
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Watch what happens.
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You can see that starts out well to the right
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and then draws back to the target.
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Excellent shot, that thing's probably
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about 12 feet from the flag.
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So, put 'em all together and we start
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being able to get that ball to move
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from right to left.
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And as we start to understand these principles,
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now all of a sudden we can apply them
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to all sorts of shots.
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Whether it's an iron shot or a tee shot
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or whatever it is, the principles are still the same.
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Ball position's gonna be back,
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twist that shaft a little bit counter clockwise
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for the right handed player
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and then keep that trail shoulder back
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as your coming through and what you're gonna get
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is you're gonna get a shot that's gonna
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start out to the right, and it's gonna have
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a nice little draw to it.
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Ball position back.
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Wrist, shoulder, out to the right.
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Now let it turn back to the flag
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and Greg we're gonna play this one again
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'cause this was a really, really nice shot
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that I hit.
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It didn't draw past the flag.
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You can see it start out to the right there
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and now it's twisting back to the flag.
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This is another one that's probably
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about 12 feet from the target,
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maybe 15 feet from the target.
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But you can see that twist.
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That's what I want you to pay attention to,
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that's how you're gonna end up making that.
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Yeah, if you keep your right shoulder
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over your right foot, do you worry about
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hanging back at all?
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Can you still transfer your weight forward
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through the shot?
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Wonderful, so this is a question
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of how the right shoulder's gonna work effectively
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or efficiently in the motion.
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If my right shoulder seesaws this way,
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yes, I'm gonna hang back because you can see now
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when I go like this, I go into what's
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a side bend, a significant side bend,
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and when I get into that significant side bend,
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now all my weight is hanging back
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but my trail heel stays on the ground.
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When this shoulder is rotating through
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but staying back here, now I still have
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some forward bend, I'm getting side bend,
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but also it's moving in a forward direction.
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It's not moving back so I'm not taking
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the bottom of the arc and keeping it behind the ball,
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because the shoulder's gonna be moving up.
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But it's moving back in this fashion here.
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It's just not going like that.
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It's now going like this, it's moving out
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but it's staying back and that helps
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keep that low point driving forward.
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So, let's try that again.
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Make sure I got this in the right spot here.
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Ball position goes back.
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Twist that shaft, right shoulder.
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Here's another really good shot
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twisting towards the flag
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and let's play that one again Greg,
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'cause that one there is probably longer
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than I was expecting to hit it.
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It's gonna go past that target
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but watch it go out to the right.
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Now it's seeking that target.
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Wonderful shot, and had I had myself
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say a seven iron instead of a six iron,
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that would have been perfect.
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So, what do I want you to do?
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What I want you to do is I want you
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to understand that in order for you to hit a draw,
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you have to get control over this club face,
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you gotta get it into a more shut position
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and then you gotta alter that path
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to get that ball to start out to
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the right hand side.
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So, what do we do?
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First start with things that you can change
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when you don't have to make motion.
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What we call pre-swing.
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And one of the pre-swing fundamentals
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when it comes to start lines is ball position.
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If you watch somebody with a back ball position,
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chances are as good players, they're hitting draws.
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People with forward ball positions,
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they're gonna tend to be playing fades.
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So, look at ball position first
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and then if I want to hit a draw,
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I want to hit a fade, I'm gonna move the ball accordingly.
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Then, I want you to understand
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that we need to get control over this face.
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So spinning this shaft, twisting this shaft,
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that's gonna allow me to get control over a shut face
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by twisting it counter clockwise.
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If I'm trying to hit a fade,
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I might twist it clockwise for the right handed player.
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And then finally, I'm focusing on that trail shoulder,
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making sure that that trail shoulder
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is moving forward but staying back behind
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or towards the right foot.
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Instead of letting that shoulder move forward
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up to the left foot.
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And as I start to control this,
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that's gonna help me with both face and my path.
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Want to thank you all so much
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for joining me here each and every week
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on the Golf Digest Schools and The Leading Edge
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remind you if you've got any questions,
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make sure you send those to me
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at michael.breed@golfdigest.com.
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I look forward to helping you in the future
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and I look forward to seeing all those swings,
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all those emails, keep 'em coming.
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We'll see you next time.
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