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Milo Lines Golf Academy Webinar Q&A (Step Drills, Shallowing, Backswing…and MORE!)

Milo Lines:
Hey everybody. There were some questions that didn’t get answered in our webinar from yesterday. So Henry and I are going to go through an answer as many as we can right now.

Henry Fall:
Here we go. All right. We had a question about feeling the weight of the club throughout the wing. That’s definitely a difficult one, especially if we’re used to wanting to throw or cast or hit from the top, right?

Milo Lines:
Yeah.

Henry Fall:
So you’re not going to really feel the weight to the club, unless it’s at the bottom.

Milo Lines:
There are some good ways to trick yourself into feeling it, make the club really for a second and just swing a grip so you can feel okay, I can start to feel the weight of the grip. Now when I flip the club over, that club head feels nice and heavy. I can feel it now.

Henry Fall:
Yeah.

Milo Lines:
But the big key is just tension levels. If our arms are not clenched tight, you’re probably going to be able to feel the weight of the club. The minute I tighten up, it all feels like one big unit I have no control. It just feels like too much all one, not enough freedom.

Henry Fall:
So that’s where I would have them go back to the early foundation pieces where you’re talking about your grip and how your arms are positioned, making sure those are right before you get all boggled down on what’s going on, maybe at the top of your swing and not feeling the club.

Milo Lines:
Sure.

Henry Fall:
One thing just real quick, I’ve noticed about the step drill is that I think it can be easy to make it a very lateral, linear motion, right?

Milo Lines:
Yeah.

Henry Fall:
When I do any step drills though, I almost feel like sometimes I’ll start close to the ball, I’ll have my back foot go back. That way I’m creating this turn and then my left foot go back creating this turn.

Milo Lines:
I love that kind of a step drill as well. It’s like a good little spin on a step drill, how to do it.

Henry Fall:
Yeah. It’s awesome.

Milo Lines:
My thing with anytime you’re going to do a step drill, you want to move both the upper and the lower centers together, and then we want to convert it. Once our foot hits the ground, we convert it into rotational energy. We don’t want just keep wandering off to the side.

Henry Fall:
Perfect.

Milo Lines:
Okay.

Henry Fall:
All right. So now in our questionnaire, or chat feed on Zoom, Aaron asked, “Do you feel like you hit the ball with your right side?” So I think this has come up a few times. You hit with your left side or your right side. I don’t hit. There you go.

Milo Lines:
I don’t know, I swing.

Henry Fall:
So let’s ask this way then. Do you feel like your focus is like I feel my right oblique crunching, I got this right side bend and I turn the corner with this wrist extension? Or do you feel like your left side pulls you out of the way?

Milo Lines:
I feel like it’s more left sided.

Henry Fall:
Okay.

Milo Lines:
I feel like when my left side goes out of the way, it creates all these dynamics in my right side for me.

Henry Fall:
So this is the leader, this is the driver, this is the passenger.

Milo Lines:
That’s kind of the way I feel. I feel like if you get right sided, you’ll tend to push yourself into your own way. Then you wind up with having to side bend too much. And so I’m more of my left leg, my left oblique, this is a puller and it creates this crunch in my body.

Henry Fall:
And it might even start a little sooner in it’s basically from, at the top, you’re falling into that lead side and that pulls you around the corner, right?

Milo Lines:
Yeah. And it’s the pressure that hits that. So when I fall and I stop myself from falling, that pressure that hits, it creates a lot of things.

Henry Fall:
All right. So Eli asked, “Does grip affect how shallow you get?”

Milo Lines:
Yes, actually. If you look at players who have a weaker grip, they need more shoulder extension. So they got to lower their arms down more to square the face up. So generally, guys with weaker grips have shallower golf swings. I wish we could post Mahant’s swing.

Henry Fall:
Well, Ben Hogan would be a good one to maybe bring to mind.

Milo Lines:
Little weaker, more shallow. Or if you go in and look at the long drive guys who have really strong grips, most of their swings don’t come down as shallow.

Henry Fall:
Yeah.

Milo Lines:
They swing more right through their shoulder plane, up higher. And it’s because they don’t need as much shoulder extension to square the face out.

Henry Fall:
Yep. Cool. Matt asks, “How do we have more passive arms in transition? I always tend to get stuck and stall flip or come over the top.” So I would say, I guess number one is where are your arms at the top?

Milo Lines:
And what’s the structure look like? So in order to be able to have… Your arms aren’t necessarily passive, they’re just moving along with your body in the right arc. So first thing I look at is your body pivoting well and is your arm structure good? If it is, you’re probably okay. If your body is pivoting poorly, then you’re having to make up for a lot of things with your arms. Right?

Henry Fall:
Right. When we see this move a lot. So from here, basically, you have to do something with hands and arms.

Milo Lines:
You can’t hit the ball.

Henry Fall:
Right.

Milo Lines:
The other thing I see is a pretty decent turn and then you go this way and now I’m never going to hit it.

Henry Fall:
Right.

Milo Lines:
So now I’ve got to do this to hit it with my hands.

Henry Fall:
Right.

Milo Lines:
And so, you see things along those lines. So the first thing is let’s address the structure issues. If the structure issues are good and the pivot’s good, then you should never get stuck. I’ve never seen anybody get stuck whose body was turning correctly. Usually stuck means that you’re tilting somewhere along the line like that.

Henry Fall:
Right.

Milo Lines:
And there was one more that somebody asked.

Henry Fall:
We got another one.

Milo Lines:
Yeah. Somebody asked a question about backswing and what’s our preferred method of taking the club back.

Henry Fall:
Well, we talked about takeaway though last night, because we were talking about feeling like there’s old push down, the club gets up in front to you and then-

Milo Lines:
How do we make that dynamic?

Henry Fall:
You’re talking with pressure shifts like this.

Milo Lines:
For me, the back swing is not that complicated. I feel like I’m taking the club and I’m just throwing it up over my shoulder, but using my body to do it. And so all you feel is you feel like there’s a little pressure move to the left and then your torso starts to wind up and that puts the club into the right arc. So if you struggle with the club getting sucked in or doing anything like that, it’s because you’re using your hands to move the golf club rather than using your body’s energy to move the golf club.

Milo Lines:
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