Now on the screen here, I have two of my favorite drivers of the golf ball. The smaller guy in the brown is me. The bigger guy in blue is Dustin Johnson. I just wanted to show you some similarities about how we move here in GEARS. So, as you look, you can see for both of us, the golf club makes a little loop in transition there. Some call that shallowing, but what’s really happening here is our pivot is causing our wrists and arms to move in a certain direction.
You can really see how similar those moves are and how similar we look at impact. Now, one thing to note is at impact the angle between the left arm and the club is gone, or is widened back out even wider than it was at address. However, you can clearly see that the trail rift has retained a significant amount of extension.
So, let me walk you through the right and wrong ways to create lag. Most of you have seen the picture of a tour player swinging a golf club, and you see this really acute angle coming down into the golf ball. You’re attempting to create all of this lag. But the way you’re going about it is incorrect. So, what you’re trying to do is retain the ulnar or the radial deviation. So, you’re trying to retain this radial, which is the up cocking of the golf club.
Now, if I retain that up cocking of the golf club, you can see the club comes down steep. But now I’m going to have to go down with my wrist and wipe across the golf ball, where what tour players are doing is they’re creating more extension in the trail wrist and some, it’s called supination of the trail wrist, and pronation of the lead wrist. What that does is it creates this lag look that you’re all after, but it puts the club more back behind here. So, in transition, when they’re lead hip starts around the corner, that forces their wrist to move in this manner.
Now, if we can do that, that looks like a ton of lag, but it gets the club behind and allows me to continue my turn into the golf ball, where if I create this radial hinge and I try to maintain the radial hinge, I can try to maintain it a couple of different ways. I can pull it down this way and get the club more behind me, but now the face is wide open. That’s going to go nowhere good.
Or I can do it like most amateurs do. They maintain this lag, and then they wipe across the ball length. So, again, the key is we want to feel like our wrist is moving like we’re opening a door so that this club moves back behind us in this way. We don’t want to try and maintain the hinge up. We want to create more back hinge. So, you can see how my wrist looks in space, and that’s exactly what we’re seeing from the best players in the world. That’s what you see from the GEARS analysis that I just showed you.
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