By Shawn McConnon

September 6, 2020


Use the 4 O'Clock Drill To Shallow The Arms, Hands & Club In The Downswing

Eric Cogorno, of Cogorno Golf, shows you a great drill to help you shallow the arms, hands and club during your downswing. He's definitely someone you should be following on YouTube as well.

How Can Shallow Arms, Hands and Club In The Downswing Help You?

A shallow angle of attach prevents your club coming in to steep and coming over the top.

This will help you get the arms and club into a much better delivery position and slightly on an inside path.

Transcript...

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when you do your setup if you're going
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to work on this
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this is really what you want to have set
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up you want to have a club or stick down
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your toe line
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and a secondary stick roughly at four
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o'clock
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now a couple things to keep in mind and
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you saw both tiger with the iron and
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rory with the driver during the
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downswing right the checkpoints being
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by the time the left arm is parallel to
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the ground in the downswing
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this arm from my point of view is about
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right over that club and then
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my club head is right over it that's why
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we call it
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the four o'clock drill my lead arm goes
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over four o'clock
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and then the club goes over four o'clock
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which helps me deliver the club
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to the ball from inside
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hey guys eric here outside at the
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bethlehem golf club in today's video
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we're going to talk about a
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four o'clock drill to shallow your arms
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hands and club during the downswing so
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if you've been getting too steep during
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your downswing
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if you struggle with pools and fades
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this video is perfect for you
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now before we dive into the drill i
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could show you how to do this we're
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going to hop over to analyzer quick i'm
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going to show you
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what we're talking about when i say
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shallow the arms hands club give some
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checkpoints then we'll come back
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let's take a look here at what we mean
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by this four o'clock drill
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to shallow the arms and hands we have
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tiger on the left
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arguably the best iron player at this
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point in time in his
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career and rory on the right with the
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driver now
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some differences in the camera angles
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some differences in where they are at
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the top but
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the point i want to show you here when
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we start to make the downswing
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and this is going to be for where the
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lead arm is first
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so the first reference point of this
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four o'clock is
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where the lead arm is and so what i'm
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going to do is draw a line down his toe
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line
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these lines are going to be perfect but
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just to kind of draw a line here
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and what i want you to see and what
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we're going to practice to maintain some
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depth to the arms and some shallowness
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to the club
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let's assume this line down his toe line
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is three o'clock if i draw a line out
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towards the ball that would be twelve
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o'clock so this is like twelve
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i'm not super artistic but let's say
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this is about twelve o'clock
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this is three o'clock down here right so
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that's
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three o'clock terrible looking now when
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we get down here to left arm parallel
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what i want you to see is from the top
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his left arm stays in some amount
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so it stays in this way
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and if i drew a line from his point of
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view roughly down the arm
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we would say that that line is about
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parallel to what would be
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four o'clock right so it's on four
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o'clock
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this would be five o'clock and then this
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would be six o'clock right
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see if we can kind of draw a little six
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there so
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it's on four o'clock now what you're
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going to note is the left arm
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comes down it's on that i'm going to
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leave that terrible graphic up but the
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left arm's over four from his point of
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view
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and then if we continue to go what
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you're going to notice is now the club
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shaft is not perfectly parallel to the
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ground but roughly parallel to the
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ground
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is about still in on that four o'clock
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line or close to it right now if we look
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at rory on the right we're going to
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start to see the same things
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we get him down to left arm parallel and
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arguably the best driver of the golf
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ball
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here's roughly where his toes are here
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which again if this would be 12 o'clock
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towards the ball
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the line down his toes is three his left
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arm is in still quite a bit right
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so he maintains some depth of that arm
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but of the club at this point
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is uh just over the balls of the feet
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we'll call it and his arm is in
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over about the four o'clock let's clear
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two of those out so his arm is over the
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four o'clock
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and then by the time the club gets
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parallel to the ground
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which we're going to see here in a
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minute we're going to see that club also
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gets
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over the four o'clock probably right
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about here so the club gets out of focus
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so
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both tiger and rory tiger when he was
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the best iron player in the world
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got the left arm over four o'clock when
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it was parallel to
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the ground it's about on this line
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and then he got the club over that line
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when it was parallel to the ground
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rory best driver got the left arm over
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four o'clock right again this line and
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then he also got the club over
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four o'clock and so that's what we're
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looking at in terms of how to shallow
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the arms and hands
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how to maintain depth to the lead arm
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how to shallow the club hit the ball
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from the inside
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if you have any kind of over-the-top
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issues or inability to shower the club
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this would be a starting point now we're
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going to talk a little bit how to do
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this drill
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how to use your body motion and what you
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can expect and how to practice
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just real briefly as an add-on here what
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you're going to see from face
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on is in order to keep the depth and
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shallow the arms and hands early
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you're going to know both tiger and rory
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keep the chest and shoulders
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back meaning they don't rip open right
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away from the top to left arm parallel
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the chest and shoulders stay
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back still about 45 degrees closed now
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from here
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through is where you can start to rip
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open the chest
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but if you start to open the upper body
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too quick from the top
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you're not going to be able to get that
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depth to the arms and hands
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and so there's tiger doing it with the
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iron and now here's rory from the top
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note again by the time they get the left
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arm parallel the chest and shoulders are
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still
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back or closed quite a bit before
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they start to rip them open so in order
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to keep that left arm in over four
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o'clock
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you have to be able to keep your chest
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and shoulders still closed 45 degrees
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by left arm parallel okay so let's talk
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about the drill and how to do this and
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not now the drill
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and how we're going to work as you saw
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on the screen my not so artistic ability
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with the clock system but you
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kind of got the idea there with what
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we're looking to do and how to shallow
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the arms and hands
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if forward straight towards the ball was
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12 o'clock the club
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or lying down my toes being three
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o'clock i put a secondary club
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roughly at four o'clock so when you do
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your setup if you're going to work on
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this
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this is really what you want to have set
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up you want to have a club or stick down
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your toe line
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and a secondary stick roughly at four
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o'clock
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now a couple of things to keep in mind
07:24
and you saw both tiger with the iron and
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rory with the driver
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during the downswing right the
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checkpoints being by the time
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the left arm is parallel to the ground
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in the downswing
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this arm from my point of view is about
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right over that club and then
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my club head is right over it that's why
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we call it
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the four o'clock drill my lead arm goes
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over four o'clock
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and then the club goes over four o'clock
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which helps me deliver the club
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to the ball from inside so if you have
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any kind of steep
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shaft any kind of shoulders opening
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over the top pulls fade etc this is a
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perfect
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drill progression to get started to feel
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the depth now
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let's talk about some things that go
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along with this what you need to feel
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and how to start
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the first and most important thing you
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saw was a little add-on because i didn't
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do in the first one
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is the chest and shoulder turn to be
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able to keep your arms and hands more
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in or deeper you have to keep
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your chest and shoulders just a little
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bit closed
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for the first half of the downswing
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specifically what we're looking for
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if we go up to the top and we're 90
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degrees with our shoulders or full turn
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by the time i get down to that left arm
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parallel mark
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which is when the left arm's parallel to
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the ground like those we saw over four
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o'clock
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my shoulder should still be closed 45
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degrees
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so my chest is pointed kind of over my
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right knee
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my back's still towards the target when
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i keep my chest and shoulders closed
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initially that allows my arms to stay
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back
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if i open my chest and shoulders you'll
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notice now my arms are out past
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that four o'clock they're even past the
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three o'clock they're kind of at
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230 probably and the shaft gets all
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kinds of steep so
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for you right if especially if you've
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been over this way
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you really have to keep your chest and
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shoulders
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closed for the first half of the
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downswing
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from there you can open them as much as
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you want okay
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so that's the huge part in the beginning
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now as we start to practice this
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what i would suggest doing i've got a
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sandwich i'm going to run through a
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little progression
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is practice getting your lead arm over
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the stick get the club over the stick
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see what it feels like and then we're
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going to start short and slow so
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if i'm going to start this i go up to
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the top i feel my left arm over the
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stick
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you might feel your left bicep into your
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chest more
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your arms and hands are up and back
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compared to normal my shoulders feel
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really close compared to normal but i
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can see my arm is over that
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and then i feel my club over that to get
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the club over that you might feel your
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trail arm or right wrist bent back more
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your left wrist bent back more your
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thumbs
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are back over that four o'clock as well
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they're not over here two o'clock
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so i feel my left chest and shoulders
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closed left arm
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in chest feels way back over here
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compared to normal
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you might feel your head farther back
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than normal club
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over there i might feel some different
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risk conditions again club kind of
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angled in
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and then i swing through and what i
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would do is do one to two rehearsals
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just like that
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up top chest and shoulders closed arm in
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club in swing through so i pause at each
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spot
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up top just shoulders closed arm in club
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in
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swing through now i'm gonna try and hit
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okay when i try and hit i need a camera
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behind me ideally if i want to know for
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sure
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and i'm going very short and slow this
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sand wedge shouldn't go any more than 50
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60 70 yards so i've done my two
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rehearsals
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now i'm going to try and feel the same
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thing
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and i hit a shot and i like every
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student i work with hit that farther
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than i wanted to
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okay that was too long and too fast i
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would yell myself there i'd say that was
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too much
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but what i do is i go back look at the
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camera
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c was my arm over four were my hands in
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line with my pec bicep
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was my club inside my toe line and how
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did i hit that ball what i would do then
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is
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check and see and if i was coming over
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it too much like my
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normal is too far over too far steep
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left arm too far out club out this
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should
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really feel like your chest and
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shoulders
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stay closed a lot longer if you feel
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like your left arm is
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way more in if you feel like the club is
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winched you feel like you're gonna hit
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the ball a mile to the right
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that's what you need to feel let's say
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you have a 10 yard pull you feel a mile
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to the right and then we'll probably get
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to
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fairly straight so again two rehearsals
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got my club at four big chests and
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shoulder turn keep the chest back arm in
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club in swing that's one rep
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big in chest and shoulders chest and
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shoulders stay back arm is over it
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club is over it swing through and then
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i'm going to try and hit
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both those checkpoints in slow motion
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feel the same thing
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and now that's about a pace that i think
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i could do it with
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obviously i can see that i hit the ball
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well is my ball flight different but
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ultimately i want to go back and check
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so
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this is valid whether you do sand wedge
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irons the same thing with driver as you
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saw roy do the same thing with driver
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arm and club over floor clock so if you
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have that steep
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this is where you start this is how you
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do the drill only do it as long and fast
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as you need to or
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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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