By Shawn McConnon

July 21, 2020

This Simple Move Will Get You More Open at Impact

Most amateur golfers struggle to get open at impact sometimes all it takes is a different swing thought or feel that can make all the difference. 

In the video above Clay Ballard discusses how the right knee can play a role in helping eliminate early extension and get your more open at impace. 

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1 Simple Move To Get Open (Transcript)

Clay 0:00 
Now that you're tired of watching your swing head in the downswing, you see that club shaft a little steep, you see your hips move toward the ball a little early extension, you stand up. And then Worst of all, to add a little insult to injury, get a little bit of flip in there. So the ball just kind of floats off the face, it really doesn't get the power and the compression of what you're seeing the pros do. Now there's one simple move, that's going to change. This actually has to do with your belt buckle, and how you rotate your hips properly in the downswing. Now, most players do this think, Well, I'm not flexible enough to get more open in the swing. I'm not flexible enough to get the club coming from the inside. And it's actually not the case, you'll find that you're flexible enough, but it's the proper movement of the hips that nobody's walked you through before. That's going to allow you to get into this. So let me go ahead and share the secret with you. I can't wait to this video. I know it's going to help your swing a ton. So let's jump in and get started. Now, let me talk about something called anterior and posterior pelvic tilt. Now if I'm tilting this way, I'd be anterior tilt, meaning tilting forward, you see, my belt here is angled down to the ground. If I tilted this way, I'd be posterior tilt, tucking my, my butt under my chest like that. Now, when you're standing up and flipping, you're getting that tilt under. Now, that's complicated words, I don't want to get people confuse talking to anterior post tiller, all these different words, think of it as your belt buckle, when I turn my pelvis down, and I kind of stick my back this way my belt buckle is now facing the ball. When I turned my belt, buckle up, my glutes fire, my hamstrings fire, and that turns my pelvis this way. And that gets me standing up. Now, I will tell you the reason that you're not you're not out of the norm for doing this is because if I do tuck my butt under and stand up out of my posture, I can throw this club at the ball, and I can get pretty decent speed doing it that way. So it feels powerful. The results aren't terrible. When you're talking about swing speed. You can't hit some good shots that way. And it can give you the false idea that that's the ideal way to do it. Let me walk you through the progression on doing this the right way though, so that you can finally get that club shelled out, you can finally get your body opened up. And you can do it in a way that feels easy, doesn't feel stressed out at all. So I want you to go ahead and get your belt buckle down toward the ground now don't want to have the real big arch in the back, it's just a little bit down toward the toward the ball, it's really probably pointing out toward those three golf balls over there somewhere, so it's a slight angle. Now as I go to the top of my swing, as I start down, I'm keeping that angle and at the same time, here's a big one, I'm keeping some flex in my legs. If I want to rotate my body open, I have to have flexing my legs as soon as I tuck my butt under lock my knees, I can't rotate. No matter how hard I try, my entire lower body is locked up. So I want to have my belt buckle down slightly. I wanna have my knees flexed. And what that allows me to do is to rotate through the shot. Now there's a couple different ways you can do this with your right knee. The old school way is to say kick this knee and feel like you're writing a draft toward the target. Unfortunately, that will get you to slide. Instead of rotate, I want you to feel like your right knee goes forward, kind of behind the golf ball. So as I start my downswing, that knee is going this way. Now I'm in a really bent knee position where I could drive off of that and open my body, my left knee does something really important to as I come down, hit starts to open up. If my left knee stays facing this golf ball, it's going to be very difficult for me to get my hips open. Because this is really jammed in here. I need to feel like when I start down, my left knee comes out. And now I'm in a position where when I post, I can route rotate my hips very easily. Also, notice how my right foot is going to come off the ground. So if I do this properly, I get this little squat motion, my right knee comes out and as I come to contact, my heel is up. For years how I was told to keep my heel on the ground, and I looked like this at contact. And man I struggled and struggled I struggled and I tried to get my hips more open, I try to get my hips more open. I just couldn't do it. I wasn't flexible enough. And then I found out Well, most people aren't. When they do this with their foot and they lock that right leg, I can't rotate. Now everything's jammed up, I need to feel like I'm here, belt buckle down, right knee goes out, left knee opens. This gets me rotating. And then as I come through contact, now my foot comes off the ground, look at those hips. I can open as much as you want me to open there, it's easy. So I'm only gonna open about 45 degrees. But if I get that knee action, I get that knee movement that can make it really easy to get in those positions that you see the pros getting into. Let's go and give it a whirl.

Clay 4:47
There we go. Hit that one right down the pipe.

Clay 4:49
Very solid.

Clay 4:52
Not gonna do a whole lot better than that.

Clay 4:55
So you may be looking at that video and saying, Oh, I didn't see you doing this clay. That's an exaggeration. That's to get the feeling of what's going on. In reality, it's gonna look much more like just a regular golf swing you'd see on the PGA Tour. Now, there's something that accompanies this, that I think is crucial. What we didn't go over in this video is how to now get that club shallow. See, when I shallow out the club, I get it more from the inside. And if I stand up, that's going to get me too far inside and I hit it a mile to the right. So once I start to work my body more open, I can get this club as shallow and as far inside as I want, and as I rotate open, that's going to square it back up with contact. So now that you've got your knees, your hips working in a better way. Let's move on to the next piece, which is the shallowing of that club. And even more important than that, there's one specific thing with the face. Turning it down a certain manner with your wrist. That makes this even easier. I'm going to share that with you in the bonus video here. So I'm going to play a video. It's a preview of one of my best moves to shall the club and square the face is called the tennis racket. All you need to do is go ahead and click the link that pops up on the screen, you're going to get to see a card that pops up there, excuse me, click that card, you'll get instant access to that video. That's perfect video to pair up what we just talked about. If you don't see the card, don't worry, just go down to the description down below, click the link there, and you'll get instant access. I can't wait to show you this move once you get the hips, the knees and the club working together. You're going to think Man, I wish I'd known this years ago. Let's go and get started. Good player problems. We're going to talk about shallowing that club shaft out as we're starting down. As we're doing this rotating in the face that we worked about worked on in the last video. As we start this downswing, what you'll see with with basically all of the top players is instead of coming kind of over the top and letting the hands come out away from their body, letting the club come out away from their body, again, coming down steep into the ball, and then having to open up kind of fly open the face and add loft to the flattening of the shaft should happen as soon as we start down. So as we start this downswing, What we want to have happening here, you can imagine that if I draw a line from the causal my club up to my right elbow, that's my swing plane line my elbow plane. As I go to the top of the swing, I'm going to be slightly above that. And then as I start down, I want my hands to start to shallow out. I want the club to shallow out inside of this elbow plane, and at the same time, I'm going to be rotating

About the author

Shawn is the founder of UpGlove. He started UpGlove to solve his own problem of getting an affordable player's glove. Shawn is a single-digit Handicap and loves to play different courses throughout Tampa Bay. He also enjoys taking his two doggies Brutus & Champi for long walks.

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