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Kelley: Create shallow space with your direction of turn

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When you dive into social media for golf instruction, you will see countless “tips” on how to shallow the club in the downswing. Concepts such as external rotation of the trail shoulder or clearing with the lead side of your body while keeping your pelvis back. A lot of work in an attempt to get more shallow. Although shallowing the club early in transition is beneficial, doing such shouldn’t be so difficult.

This article will discuss shallowing the club but not the way you think and in a way that is often overlooked. Players would benefit more by getting their body into a position in the backswing that allows them to shallow the club naturally in transition. This is done by the direction of turn in the backswing and from an efficient Set-up position, creating what is called “Shallow Space”.

The face-on camera angle is just as important as the down-the line angle. This tells the story of how the body moves to create this shallow space mentioned. Below is an example of shallow space (picture on the left in green) created by a body that has turned around its original spine angle established at address. The body position on the right (in red) will have to work harder to shallow the club, usually resulting in a steep path.

Both positions can be effective. However, the body position on the left (in green) doesn’t have to work so hard to get the club back on path. There is no “recovery” needed with the body or a forced movement of the body required to get the club back on path. The back can easily some back into an efficient impact position as well: With the body in this efficient coil position the arms have space to swing down, shallowing the club naturally with the change of direction to the downswing (picture below).

From this position, the shaft can easily be brought around into impact and the trail side of the body will be moving forward and around towards the target. This would be the natural movement as if throwing a ball. Next time you are looking to get the club in a better position and shallow early, first look at your set-up and direction of turn.

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Kelvin is a Class A PGA golf professional in San Francisco, California. He teaches and has taught at some of the top golf clubs in the Bay Area, including the Olympic Club and Sonoma Golf Club. He is TPI certified, and a certified Callaway and Titleist club fitter. Kelvin has sought advice and learned under several of the top instructors in the game, including Alex Murray and Scott Hamilton. To schedule a lesson, please call 818.359.0352 Online lessons also available at www.kelleygolf.com

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You hear that one all the time; I wish I could put my practice swing on the ball! We explain the huge importance of what to focus on to allow the ball to be perfectly in the way of your practice swing. Enjoy!

 

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The golf teaching industry is slowly coming around to understand how the human machine is a reaction and adaptation machine that responds to weight and momentum and gravity; so this video will help you understand why we say that the club does the work; i.e. the weight of the club releases your anatomy into the direction of the ball flight.

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Kelley: Focus on what you can control

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(Part One) Changing The Swing

The address position is the easiest part to change in the golf swing. If an adjustment can be made that will influence the rest of the swing, it should be made here. The set-up is a static position, so you have full control over it. If concepts are understood with feedback given (a mirror or video) it can easily be corrected and monitored. Once the club is in motion, a change becomes much more difficult.

Most faults in the swing originate in the set-up. All to often players go directly to the part they want to change in the middle of their swing, not understating their is an origin to what they do. When the origin isn’t fixed, trying to directly change the part in the middle is difficult and will often leave the player frustrated. Even worse, the part they are looking to fix may actually be a “match-up” move by the brain and body. These match-up moves actually counter -balance a previous move to try and make the swing work.

An example of not fixing the origin and understanding the importance of the set-up is when players are trying to shallow the club on the downswing (a common theme on social media). They see the steep shaft from down-the-line and directly try and fix this with different shallowing motions. More times then not, the origin to this is actually in the set-up and/or direction the body turns back in the backswing. If the body is out of position to start and turns back “tilty”, a more difficult match-up is required to shallow the shaft.

Another simple simple set-up position that is often over-looked is the angle of the feet. For efficiency, the lead foot should be slightly flared and the trail foot flared out as well (the trail more flared then the lead). When the trail foot is straight or even worse pointed inwards, a player will often shift their lower in the backswing rather then coil around in the groin and glutes. Trying to get a better lower half coil is almost impossible with poor foot work.

The golf swing is hard to change, so work on the things that are simple and what you have control over. You may not be able to swing it like a world class player, but with proper training you can at least the address the ball like one. When making a swing change, look to fix the origin first to facilitate the change.

*Part two of this article will be focusing on what you can control on the golf course, a key to better performance

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