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In this week’s Impact Show, we have a special guest: co-founder of the Titleist Performance Institute, Dave Phillips. We explore ways in which you can use your body to create more club speed and hit longer drives! These include lifting your lead heel and more controversially, bending your lead arm!

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  1. geohogan

    Apr 9, 2019 at 8:10 pm

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M0spwv_hJjU

    Corey Connors has a hint of bend in his left arm in the BS.

  2. Speedy

    Apr 6, 2019 at 1:15 pm

    Just plain wrong. End of lesson.

    Please start vetting these instructors.

  3. BobbyG

    Apr 5, 2019 at 7:27 pm

    The first swing was a reverse pivot bail out. The second swing was a turn and hit. Much better. Folks have been teaching roll the feet and roll the arms for years. What’s new? This is old news. Snooze.

  4. Sal

    Apr 5, 2019 at 7:17 pm

    You better use a stronger grip meaning more left hand knuckles showing.

  5. geohogan

    Apr 5, 2019 at 11:37 am

    IMO much better to teach how to use scapula more effectively(increase ROM) rather than to bend left arm intentionally. That cuts off ROM of scapula and creates slack in DS.

  6. geohogan

    Apr 4, 2019 at 5:18 pm

    Does a shorter crow bar create move leverage than a longer crow bar?

    Straight left arm with fulcrum at the shoulder joint, is a much longer lever than a bent arm with fulcrum at the elbow.

  7. Rick

    Apr 3, 2019 at 6:11 pm

    Not to mention this is such a better swing for your back. Why does every tour pro have back problems? Guess? Watch the swings of Nicklaus, Snead, Jones, etc.

  8. Scott

    Apr 3, 2019 at 5:21 pm

    Bending the elbow throws a big tempo and timing variable into the swing. When I am playing well and keeping the ball in play off the tee, I am NOT bending my left elbow, Or only few slightly. When I am hitting it all over the course my elbow is bending. For my game, bending the elbow for the potential for a few extra yards is not worth it.

    • Steve

      Apr 4, 2019 at 8:37 am

      I think bending the left elbow helps players with flexibility issues. If you’re able to keep the left arm straight and not come out of the swing, like they mention in the video, then left arm is preferred.

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Pros

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  3. Players with strong grips tend to strike it solidly

Cons

  1. Encourages a closed clubface which helps deloft the club at impact and can cause you to hit it low and left
  2. If you don’t learn to rotate you could be in for a long career of ducks and trees
  3. Players with strong grips tend to fight a hook and getting the ball in the air

 

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