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Golf Swing Training Aids For Rotation And Lag (Milo’s Favorites!)

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Henry Fall:
We wanted to cover a video on training aids, something that we both use quite a bit in lessons and for ourselves.

Milo Lines:
Most of you that have watched my videos know that I don’t use a ton of training aids, but the ones I use, I tend to use quite often because I like them.

Henry Fall:
Yeah.

Milo Lines:
I think most training aids are gimmicky and don’t do that much, but there are a few really good ones. Here we brought out some of the ones that I actually like and I believe in, that I use in my lessons, and that I think that you should all have.

Henry Fall:
Awesome. Well, let’s start with the hanger. You got that one in your hands.

Milo Lines:
Sweet. The hanger, it can be this hanger, the hanger, or a hanger, it doesn’t matter which one if you understand how to attach it. Now, the key is, the way that the hanger is designed is it has a face on it. They want you to set it up with the face matching your club face. I don’t want you to do that. I like the hanger set up so that when I grip it the hanger rests on my right arm. Then if my wrists work how I like wrists to work, when I hinge my trail wrist into extension, the hanger moves from my right forearm to my left forearm. Then if I swing that down, I can maintain that connection all the way down. For me, it’s really good to train you how to use your wrists, and it gives you some feedback immediate. If I flip at it, I can feel that go to the right forearm. For me, this is an awesome training aid. It’s one that I use a lot.

Henry Fall:
You’ve seen some players, even Phil Mickelson, I remember, using either that one or something similar. Can you hit one just in slow motion for us?

Milo Lines:
Yeah.

Henry Fall:
When you do these drills and use training aids to that if you can at least starting out, it is recommended that when you’re moving slow, just make it easy on yourself. Right?

Milo Lines:
Anytime I’m doing something that’s different than my normal …

Henry Fall:
Yeah.

Milo Lines:
… it’s on a tee. In most of my practice sessions, it’s on a tee just because I don’t like the chew up grass. Okay. I’m just going to slow motion, hit a golf ball with it.

Henry Fall:
You bottled that one up. That was pretty nice.

Milo Lines:
Yeah. Not bad, huh?

Henry Fall:
All right. Now, if we go to the next one here.

Milo Lines:
Here we’ve got another training aid Henry’s got in his hand. He brought this one back from their trip over to the British Open. It’s a really good training aid. What’s this one called? The TRS?

Henry Fall:
Yep. Total rotation stick.

Milo Lines:
A total rotation stick is basically like putting an alignment stick in your hands only you don’t have to hold it in your hands. Right? It doesn’t hurt as bad when it hits you.

Henry Fall:
Yeah. It’s not going to rattle around as much. You just pin it to the top here. When you set it up, I would use it like a sand wedge or pitching wedge, anything above that just becomes a little problematic I found, but definitely meant for chips, pitches, three-quarter shots sort of thing.

Milo Lines:
What’s it helping you with?

Henry Fall:
Yeah, so when you set up here, it goes outside your left hip socket. As you come back into impact, right, ideally that shaft’s leaning. You’re starting to rotate out of the way. If you get flippy, oh, oh, you get whacked.

Milo Lines:
It gives you some feedback right away.

Henry Fall:
Right.

Milo Lines:
You know that you unloaded your wrists too soon.

Henry Fall:
Right. Two things you really like are rotation and this right wrist angle. Right?

Milo Lines:
For sure.

Henry Fall:
This guy covers both if you think about it because you got to keep this right wrist angle.

Milo Lines:
Yep.

Henry Fall:
Then you got to clear and rotate out of the way.

Milo Lines:
Perfect. Definitely one of the training aids that I use with my students.

Henry Fall:
Yep. Ideally, if you do want, let me just chip one here, you can see how that goes back around me and the face stays pretty square on there.

Milo Lines:
Awesome.

Henry Fall:
That’s an awesome aid.

Milo Lines:
Okay. Now on the ground here, we’ve got a few more. I want to start with the ball because this is one that students who have come out and taken lessons with me, if you’ve got some bad structure problems, a lot of times the ball is one of the things I’ll make you do.

Henry Fall:
Yep. How does this work, Henry? Are you going to put it depending on your arm structure and the size of your body and all that stuff, for me, I’d probably put it right between my elbows had something smaller. It could move its way down a little bit.

Milo Lines:
Yep.

Henry Fall:
Right in here.

Milo Lines:
Face the camera and show.

Henry Fall:
Yep. One thing you like a lot too, is the pivot, right?

Milo Lines:
Yep.

Henry Fall:
This keeps everything connected.

Milo Lines:
That’s where I start with it. I start with a little turn turned rail. In a lot of my videos that’s step number one. I love people to learn how to turn with arm structure. Okay? Then once we can do that, step number two is we start adding in some levers.

Henry Fall:
Yeah.

Milo Lines:
Do we want our elbows to separate when we do that?

Henry Fall:
No, we’re keeping everything together.

Milo Lines:
Yeah, so you can add in some wrist hinge and a little fold in your elbow without letting that right arm get too far away. That’s a really good training aid. It’s one that I use a lot.

Henry Fall:
Perfect. That’s a good one. You can do it at home. You don’t have to hit balls with that.

Milo Lines:
You don’t even need to hit balls. You just train yourself.

Henry Fall:
Yeah.

Milo Lines:
Okay? We’ve got some other funny looking things down here. Most of us have something like this at home. This is an elastic band or stretch tubing. They could do the same thing. What did we do with this?

Henry Fall:
Yeah. There’s a couple of exercises I really like. Actually, if you don’t mind holding this for me. If you pin it to a wall or something around a post, doing some external rotation with the shoulder, right, because that’s a move that you’d ideally like in the down swing instead of the opposite. Right? Then the other one for me, let’s flip around real quick. If you have it pinned this way and do basically a golf swing with just your trail arm, like if you were skipping a rock. Right? My arm would go this way. When I do this though, I’m not pulling with my arm. I’m simply rotating.

Milo Lines:
You’re pushing your left hip around the corner.

Henry Fall:
Exactly. This is a really nice feel I’ll do at the end of a workout at home. Again, some of these you can do away from the golf course.

Milo Lines:
Awesome.

Henry Fall:
The last one, this is pretty cool. This was designed by a physical therapist. I think he’s out of South Korea. It’s called the rotator, and it has numerous applications. A lot of it is more like let’s say after a rotator cuff surgery.

Milo Lines:
It was originally designed for rehab of rotator cuffs.

Henry Fall:
Yeah.

Milo Lines:
So you can gain mobility back into your rotator cuff. Right?

Henry Fall:
Right.

Milo Lines:
It’s also got some really good uses for rotation and learning how to get your body to turn.

Henry Fall:
Yeah. The exercise you’ll see the most is, put your left hand on here, put your right elbow in the padding here, and then grip this. Then you make this golf swing. You see what it does with the elbow getting back in front of you.

Milo Lines:
And the wrist.

Henry Fall:
And the wrist.

Milo Lines:
It gives you the conditions that I like to see in the golf swing.

Henry Fall:
Right. Very cool. A lot of applications. There’s a bunch of rotational stuff you can do with it, open up things up.

Milo Lines:
They have very good videos on what all you can do with it. For me, the main application I use is the one you did there. Learning how to pivot and maintain this trail wrist condition.

Henry Fall:
Yep. These are some great training aids you can use whether you’re practicing, or again, at home when you’re really trying to build up some sensations for what you’re trying to accomplish.

Milo Lines:
Awesome.