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How To Practice Your Golf Swing Effectively At Home | Building An Athletic Action

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Milo Lines:
Everybody, welcome to my backyard. I’m here with Henry and we’re going to talk about how you can make changes from home.

Henry Fall:
We’ve stepped away from the golf course today.

Milo Lines:
We’re no longer on the driving range. We’re no longer practicing at the golf course. We’re hitting into a net, making changes in our own home environment.

Henry Fall:
And oftentimes I find that some of the best changes happen here.

Milo Lines:
Yeah, because what happens when we’re at the golf course or on the driving range is, we fall in love with where the ball is going and in this scenario, we don’t know where the ball’s going really. I could tell based on my feels where it’s going to go, but if I change a motor pattern, it probably changes where the ball’s going to go. But hitting into a net is really desirable because it makes it so we’re more interested in our pattern than we are in what the ball does.

Henry Fall:
Right, right.

Milo Lines:
Okay. So often I see the best changes happen hitting into a screen or a net and not really knowing where the ball is going at first, so you’re just changing how the thing looks. You’re making the pattern look more like what you want and then you go outside and you hit a ball and you might be like, “Oh baby, that didn’t go where I aimed it.”

Henry Fall:
Yeah.

Milo Lines:
But it looked right, and then we’ve got to figure out how to get the alignment on the face and things in order, but motion first is what I’m after here.

Henry Fall:
Well, there’s a couple things we talk about on our site, our online academy, and those two things are exaggeration and the speed of motion.

Milo Lines:
Yeah.

Henry Fall:
Two ways to really help you feel and ingrain new movement patterns.

Milo Lines:
Yeah. Change is hard and if you swing it at full speed and expect it to look different, it’s probably not going to look different. It’s going to take some time at a slower rate of speed, doing something probably slow and exaggerated at first to make it look different, and then gradually adding a little bit of speed to it and still feeling the exaggerations and it’ll start to look a little better, but it won’t change that much because when you add speed, your brain goes right back to what it’s comfortable with.

Henry Fall:
Mm-hmm (affirmative).

Milo Lines:
For sure.

Henry Fall:
So for our viewers at home that are looking to bring about a more rotational golf swing, less dependent on hands and arms, right, outside of joining our online academy which we recommend, but what are some things they can do at home that slow things down and learn these movement patterns?

Milo Lines:
Well, first thing I recommend is take your hands and arms completely out of the shot, so you’re going to learn how to apply the golf club without using these guys. We’re taking this away. For most of you, it’s going to be super uncomfortable. It’s going to feel very awkward and difficult, but it’s necessary.

Henry Fall:
So I take that as almost like a limp arm swing where I’m just turning and turning?

Milo Lines:
A limp long arm swing, so you’re just turning and turning and feeling your arms just staying away from you and…

Henry Fall:
Okay. Let me try one here. See if you… Kind of like that?

Milo Lines:
Yep. That’s pretty good. So did you apply the club to the ball feeling like it was all body, no hands and arms?

Henry Fall:
It felt pretty rotary. It felt like most of the motion was in my core. How was that for length and speed?

Milo Lines:
It was pretty good. Starting off, I might even slow it down a little bit.

Henry Fall:
Okay, so…

Milo Lines:
So you’re going to make a nice big turn and you’re going to go slow enough so that the… Yeah, now that one was money.

Henry Fall:
So to me, that almost felt like the ball just got in the way, like I was almost just collecting it with my turn.

Milo Lines:
That’s what we want.

Henry Fall:
Okay.

Milo Lines:
So we’re going to really feel like you’re collecting that ball with just turn.

Henry Fall:
That one I thinned a little bit, but should I…

Milo Lines:
Who cares?

Henry Fall:
Who cares? Okay.

Milo Lines:
Was the pattern good? Did you feel like you just turned both directions?

Henry Fall:
It felt just as good as the one before. I just didn’t hit it…

Milo Lines:
You didn’t hit it solid.

Henry Fall:
Yeah.

Milo Lines:
But the motion is what we’re after. Motion first, you’ll make contact well if you keep making the motion. Now it’s really tough to hit a ball really solid when there’s no levers involved, because you’re not creating very much downward attack angle, so you’re coming in real shallow. It’s easy to hit it thin or fat.

Henry Fall:
Very, yeah. Very around and level.

Milo Lines:
Mm-hmm (affirmative). Like that one you caught just a fraction thick.

Henry Fall:
Yeah.

Milo Lines:
But that’s really nice, okay. So now…

Henry Fall:
So let’s, yeah, let’s say I’m feeling pretty comfortable about that motion. I’ve started to feel like my setup feels pretty good and I’m just turning and turning. How do I begin to build that up?

Milo Lines:
Well, we start to add elements in, so now once we’ve got a nice big turn that’s propelling the golf club, now let’s add in a little lever, but let’s not unload the lever, so you’re going to turn it back, let your wrist set a little bit and then feel like you unwind your body. You’re going to have to turn a lot farther than you’re used to turning to get the club back to the ball.

Henry Fall:
Okay.

Milo Lines:
If you’re not used to rotating.

Henry Fall:
When you say, I’m assuming this wrist you’re talking about setting it into extension?

Milo Lines:
Yeah. We’re going to let that trail wrist extend like you’re going to throw a ball, so it’s going to turn back, set and then we’re going to deliver the golf club with that set.

Henry Fall:
And you said you don’t really want this club passing my hands and arms.

Milo Lines:
I don’t want this to unload at all.

Henry Fall:
You want this club getting back to the ball with that pivot.

Milo Lines:
Yep. Only the pivot, so, and it’s going to be slow. I want this ball to barely get into the net. So it’s going to…

Henry Fall:
Now what about tension? I mean, am I still pretty limp or…

Milo Lines:
Still fairly limp, but we’re actually manually holding this angle back for right now, so one of the big keys is, the velocity is going to be slow. I want the ball to go into that net barely, really slow.

Henry Fall:
So I might just need a little more pressure in my fingers, because it’s creating angle.

Milo Lines:
Maybe a little bit.

Henry Fall:
Okay. I think I know what you’re saying here.

Milo Lines:
Okay. That was awesome, but you hit it into the net a little too fast.

Henry Fall:
A little too fast, okay, so even slower.

Milo Lines:
Slow it down. I mean, I want that ball to barely get into the net in the air. Yeah.

Henry Fall:
So that one, I really, I even tried to feel a little bit of that squat and turn that you’ve talked about too.

Milo Lines:
Well, in order for you to apply the club to the ball, if that angle’s there, that’s going to start showing up, otherwise you’re not going to hit it.

Henry Fall:
So I mean, I’m assuming if I was on a driving range that would’ve only gone to like the end of the tee box, like 20 yards.

Milo Lines:
Yeah, maybe a little more 25, 30 yards.

Henry Fall:
But that’s amazing how slow…

Milo Lines:
Beautiful.

Henry Fall:
…that has to feel, but I do feel that, so I’m starting to understand that sensation that you’re trying to talk to us about on the site, right?

Milo Lines:
For sure. So that’s basically what we’re doing with everybody is we’re walking them through how to build this, piece by piece.

Henry Fall:
Yeah.

Milo Lines:
And then once we can do that, then we gradually start adding a little bit of velocity.

Henry Fall:
Right. So let’s say, so I have an eight iron here. I hit those 30, 40 yards.

Milo Lines:
So now let’s hit it 50 yards, same feeling, still not unloading any levers. Pretty darn good.

Henry Fall:
Okay. So I could just keep, what’s the word you use, laddering that up?

Milo Lines:
Yep.

Henry Fall:
Until, and now if I, let’s say I start really mishitting some, but again, when you’re doing these movements, you’re going to mishit some, but let’s say it gets pretty squirrely and I feel like I’ve lost that feeling, the focus of this exercise which is really feeling it, right, so what would I do if I get to that place where I’m hitting it a lot farther and it’s just not the same?

Milo Lines:
Take the speed down.

Henry Fall:
So go back?

Milo Lines:
Go back a couple steps, go back two or three rungs on the ladder and see if you can find the feeling again and then start building it back up until it breaks down again, and then down, and gradually you’ll be able to start going close to full speed.

Henry Fall:
So that’s kind of like that old adage when you use a training aid, right, where you do like 10 reps with it and then like five without it?

Milo Lines:
Yep.

Henry Fall:
And then you eventually start to offset those numbers, right?

Milo Lines:
Exactly.

Henry Fall:
Okay.

Milo Lines:
Cool.

Henry Fall:
Well, I think this gives them at least a look into how they can train at home using a net and a mat, and even if you didn’t have a net or hitting balls, you can do these exercises as well.

Milo Lines:
Yeah. You can do them. I almost always like to be hitting something, so they make birdie balls and foam balls, anything that you can apply the club to.

Henry Fall:
Yeah.

Milo Lines:
And you want feedback, so every so often you want to film yourself and see, “Oh, am I doing what I think I’m doing?” Because most of the time, when I see people, when people think they’re doing what they’re trying to do, they’ll look at it and they’ll be like, “Oh, wow. Not even close.”

Henry Fall:
Well, that’s why we say a lot of people are trying to hit it too hard when they’re trying to build the motion first, so start slow, exaggerate, and don’t be afraid to work from home. You don’t have to hit balls on the golf course or at the range all the time.

Milo Lines:
Exactly.

Milo Lines:
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Henry Fall:
And that’s what our website’s for too, so we hope you check it out and if you like this video, make sure you subscribe and we’ll see you guys next time.