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The second of these two moves gets a lot of golfers in trouble. The reason being it requires a high level of skill and rotation to be able to pull it off naturally. If it’s not done as a natural result of the rotation, it then becomes forced. Once you start to force this move… bad things usually follow.

Make sure you watch Part 1 of “Shallowing the Club: Two Moves to Avoid” if you haven’t already. 

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  1. STEVE

    Jun 18, 2018 at 11:07 am

    Further proof that golf professionals cannot agree on golf swing fundamentals — especially the transition from back to down swing. An aussie pro named Bradley Hughes (not well known, I realize) with his own video series is a strong proponent of moving the hands OUT and seemingly away from the body to start the downswing. It flattens the club, and while there is the illusion your hands are out away, as he puts it “out is down” vs. traditional teaching which is supposed to drop the club into the slot, actually creates a hitting zone where the golfer is trapped. It’s interesting stuff and when done correctly, has me hitting the ball more solidly than I did 20 years ago. Seemingly counter to what is featured in this video….no surprise.

  2. Scott Ivlow

    Jun 12, 2018 at 12:26 am

    There is nothing in these videos that explaines how to shallow the club the right way. I don’t need 2 over complicated computer graphic videos that tells me nothing on how to do it. Thank God for Clay Ballard. He can demonstrate perfectly on the correct method on how any amateur can shallow the club far better than this guy can with with his mumbo jumbo golf videos that only gives the viewer a headache before the completion of the second video. If anyone on here wants to learn how to shallow the club like a pro go to youtube and search Top Speed Golf. Shallowing the Club. See how it’s done with a human body.

  3. Geohogan

    Jun 11, 2018 at 1:56 pm

    If golf instructors understood how the subconscious works, they would provide positive ‘to do’ instruction, not tell us what not to do..

    Our subconscious controls all motion and subconscious cannot do a negative. It cannot, not do something.
    if intention is ‘dont smoke’ our subconscious drops the ‘dont’ and intention becomes ‘smoke’
    Dont drink and drive, becomes drink and drive. Tell a two year old not to put his shoes on the couch and you know the ending.

    What ever you do, dont think about a pink elephant. you wont be able to get a pink elephant out of your mind. two moves to avoid … becomes the pink elephant.

  4. Ted

    Jun 11, 2018 at 9:11 am

    What is the name of your website

  5. ogo

    Jun 9, 2018 at 2:45 am

    Excellent scientifically-based video that virtually eliminates eyeballing by instructors. Force plates plus 3D video uncovers golf swing faults and fixes.
    Scientific data obsoletes every instructor dependent on subjective observations of the golfswing. Scientific instrumentation has revealed objective golfswing dynamics previously unknown to all the old teachers.

  6. Geohogan

    Jun 8, 2018 at 8:05 pm

    Intent to square the clubface with the hands, which freezes the hips and shoulders at impact.

    Correct pivot and intent to square clubface with torso rotation will result in shallowing of the golf club in DS, with open hips and shoulders at impact. Flexibility and fitness has nothing to do with open hips and shoulders at impact.

    • ogo

      Jun 9, 2018 at 2:48 am

      Flexiblity and fitness allows open hips and shoulders at impact because it’s the X-Factor that allows the Kinetic Chain to function properly. If hips and shoulders rotate in unison you are arming the DS rather than swinging freely.

  7. James

    Jun 8, 2018 at 3:15 pm

    Pro number three looks a little like Louis Oosthuizen

    • James T

      Jun 9, 2018 at 2:55 pm

      Amateur #1 looks a little like me but I usually wear more clothes.

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3 keys for getting out of bunkers with soft sand

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One of the most infuriating things in golf is to land in a bunker that has too much sand, or sand with the consistency of a truckload of talcum power. Now, I am not picking on the Superintendents; they do have to add new sand from time-to-time, so no hate mail please! It’s my fault for hitting it in the bunker in the first place, and bunkers are supposed to be hazards; I know that.

The one thing we will assume for this article is that even though we are in soft sand, we will have a good lie, not a plugged or semi-plugged one. We are in a bunker that just has a bunch of sand, or it’s soft and fluffy sand. Everyone asks me what the secret is to handling these types of conditions and I’m here to help you get better.

1) Get a wedge with the correct bounce

Let’s consider that you play the same golf course every weekend, or that you mostly play on courses that have the same type of playing conditions mostly. When you have this luxury, you should have wedges that fit the conditions you tend to play. So, if you have a low bounce wedge with a sharp flange and you’re playing from bunkers with lots of sand, then you are putting yourself at a disadvantage.

Why alter your swing if the wedge you have can help you? Use a high bounce wedge (9-12 degrees of bounce) for soft sand, and a low bounce wedge (6-8 degrees) for firm sand.

2) Control your Angle of Attack 

As with most things in golf, there are always things that you must pay attention to in order for you to have the odds in your favor. Simple things such as paying attention to the lie you have can help you save shots in the rough. In bunkers, you cannot test the surface, however, you can use your feet to feel the density of the sand. Pay attention to what you feel in the balls of your feet. If you feel a ton of sand below you, then you know you will have to alter your angle of attack if you want any chance to get out of the bunker successfully.

So what do I mean by this?

The setting of your wrists has a very dynamic effect on how much the wedge digs in or skids through the sand (assuming you have an open face). When there is a surplus of sand, you will find that a steeper attack caused by the maximum cocking of your wrists makes it much easier for the wedge to work too vertical and dig too deep. When you dig too deep, you will lose control of the ball as there is too much sand between the blade and the ball — it will not spin as much and won’t have the distance control you normally have.

The secret to playing from softer sand is a longer and wider bunker swing with much less wrist-set than you would use on your stock bunker shot. This action stops the club from digging too deep and makes it easier for you to keep moving through the ball and achieving the distance you need.

3) Keep your pivot moving

It’s nearly impossible to keep the rotation of your shoulders going when you take too much sand at impact, and the ball comes up short in that situation every time. When you take less sand, you will have a much easier time keeping your pivot moving. This is the final key to good soft-sand bunker play.

You have made your longer and more shallow backswing and are returning to the ball not quite as steeply as you normally do which is good… now the only thing left to do is keep your rear shoulder rotating through impact and beyond. This action helps you to make a fuller finish, and one that does not lose too much speed when the club impacts the sand. If you dig too deep, you cannot keep the rear shoulder moving and your shots will consistently come up short.

So if you are in a bunker with new sand, or an abundance of sand, remember to change your bounce, adjust your angle of attack, and keep your pivot moving to have a fighting chance.

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WATCH: How to stop “flipping” through impact

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Are you flipping through impact? In this video, I share a great drill that will help you put better pressure on the golf ball at impact. By delivering the sweet spot correctly, you’ll create a better flight and get more distance from your shots immediately.

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The Wagon Wheel Drill

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For many golfers, the ability to hit shots golf ball to the target is a difficult task, especially when you take into account the rough, trees or hazards lining the hole. In this video, I share “The Wagon Wheel Drill,” a simple idea of how to practice intentionally hitting the ball left, right and on target.

Practice this and you will soon be hitting the target more often.

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