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WATCH: How DJ’s “bent left wrist” move can help fix your slice

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While at True Spec Golf in Chicago recently, we spoke with Rick Silva of Movement 3 Golf and True Spec Golf about Dustin Johnson’s bent left wrist position and how it can help golfers. Below, Silva briefly explains “gamma,” and how it can help your golf swing to produce straighter (and longer) shots.

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  1. nm

    Sep 14, 2018 at 4:25 am

    Errrrrr. no, this won’t fix the bad amateurs slice. Know why?
    Because 90% of bad amateurs who slice stand way too open to the target, where the lead foot is way back of the hind foot, the lead shoulder is also aimed way away from the target, and yet the face is pointed somewhat towards the target. So what happens? It becomes that out-in swing over the top or not, the ball has to start away from the target and then it wants to go back towards the target as that’s what they want to do with the ball, so that curve is applied. And then you add this grip to it? It’s going to get worse.
    The grip doesn’t really matter, it doesn’t matter how you hold the club, whatever you do to hold the golf club, if you can manipulate the face to be square to the direction you want to hit it, if you are lined up square too, it will make it be straighter. So you need to fix how you’re standing and align yourself properly and match the club face and path to that. Who cares how you hold it. Even the guys who hold it backhanded, where the lead hand is on the bottom can hit it straight. Where’s the wrist position for them? It doesn’t matter

  2. Drake richard

    Sep 14, 2018 at 12:47 am

    Very well explained with the forces and tourqes. Love the content, were can I find more?

  3. stevet

    Sep 13, 2018 at 6:23 pm

    Interesting concept. Just for clarification, is the “gamma” rotation an applied torque or does it just happen on it’s own? Thanks.

    • op

      Sep 16, 2018 at 9:57 pm

      GWRX moderatorette is suppressing Reply comments to their staff comments such as nm above.

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WATCH: Gain 20 yards with this hip action

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The lower body is the engine of the golf swing! In this video I show you a key move for (a lot) more distance.

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WATCH: How to master the downhill lie

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Top-100 instructor Tom Stickney explains the adjustments your need to make to consistently send the golf ball toward your target from a downhill lie. Enjoy the video below.

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Stickney: How to practice like you play

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As I have written in previous articles, there are two different types of practice you can do when you go to the range. One is hyper-focused on swing mechanics. And the other is focused on working on things you will find yourself having to do on the golf course in order to score.

These are the things I focus on when working on my swing, because my misses are mainly slight pulls like this one below from time to time:

These factors are the ones I find most helpful when working on MY swing fundamentals.  Your misses and your swing focus may be totally different and that is OK. Remember, it’s here that we are ONLY working on your golf swing.

When I feel like my mechanics are under control, I tend to go to the range to focus on hitting shots — you know, the ones I must use on the golf course every time I play.  This is the key to scoring…hitting shots! Not working on my mechanics.  These types of practice times help me to learn how to PLAY golf.

When I do this I usually focus on a few areas to fine tune my “feels” so I can be a shotmaker:

I start by hitting a shot at partial speed and then trying to hit each successive ball just past the last one.  This helps me to gain better yardage control, and therefore I seldom have in-between yardages I can’t handle.

Next I work on altering the height I hit the ball.  I begin low and work my way to as high as I can hit the ball.  As we know, the ball’s landing angle helps to stop the ball quicker on the firm greens we have during the summer and during tournaments.  It is this drill that helps me find those hard to reach pins tucked behind bunkers. This type of practice helps my trajectory control.

As a player who moves the ball from left to right 90 percent of the time, it is important for me to also work on curving the ball the opposite way because sometimes I will have to do so on the course.  Working on curing the ball the opposite way keeps your swing sharp and helps if you are tending to move the ball too much in the other direction. This drill helps me to feel the opposite curvature than what is normal in my world.

Now comes the fun drill hitting the ball both directions and curving the ball as much as I possibly can and still find the target.  Here I am exaggerating curving the ball so I can get myself out of trouble on the course or find a pin that is tucked way right or left on the green.  This drill helps me to fine tune my ball control.

As you can see, these are fun type of drills that have great advantages to players on the course.  Not every shot is your stock shot and not every day plays the same. If you don’t work on hitting shots then you are only working on half your game at best!

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