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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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Brooks Koepka’s grip secret

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Here is a great video on understanding what allows a great player to get through the ball and deliver hardcore to his targets. Without this part of his grip, he would be hard-pressed to deliver anything with any kind of smash factor and compression. See what you can learn from his grip.

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Swing speed vs. quality impact

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In today’s age of hitting the ball as hard and as far as you can on tour, I am amazed at the number of amateur golfers who totally disregard the idea of quality impact. In fact, you can hit the ball further with better impact than you can with poor impact and more speed (to a point.) Sure, if you can kick the clubhead speed up 10 MPH-plus versus your normal speed, then this is not a requirement, but in reality most players only swing a few MPH faster when they actually try. Yes, this is true, I see it day after day. You might think you can swing 10 MPH faster but rarely do I see more than 2-3 MPH tops.

I had a student that came in the other day and was obsessed with swinging harder but when he did his impacts were terrible! When I put him on Trackman and showed him the data he was astounded that he could swing slower yet produce more distance.

Here was a typical swing he made when swinging faster 105.8 mph where the impact was low on the face and the ball carried 222.3 yards.


Here was a typical swing he made when swinging slower 102.9 mph where the impact was much better on the face and the ball carried 242.7 yards.

Now, obviously we know that this works to a certain degree of swing speed but it does show you that focusing on quality impact is a key as well. I’m always telling my players that I want them to swing as hard and as fast as they can AND maintain quality impact location — if you can do both then you can have it all!

The best way to understand impact quality without dismantling your swing is to use foot spray to coat the face of the club then hit a few balls to see where impact normally occurs and see if you can adjust.


If you can, great, if not, then go see your teaching professional and figure out why so you can find quality impact once and for all!

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How to warm up for golf PROPERLY

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Leo Rooney, Director of Performance at Urban Golf Performance, shows you how to get ready to hit balls and/or hit the golf course.

Who is Leo Rooney?

Director of Performance at Urban Golf Performance
B.Sc Exercise Physiology
TPI, NSCA

Leo Rooney played 16 years of competitive golf, in both college and professionally. He got a degree in exercise physiology and has worked with anyone from top tour players to beginners. Leo is now the Director of Performance at Urban Golf Performance and is responsible for the overall operations but still works closely with some elite tour players and the UCLA Men’s Golf Team.

He also has experience in long driving with a personal best 445-yard drive in the 2010 European Long driving Championship.

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