Bradley Hughes - Create Space To Get Connection

Bradley Hughes demonstrates the importance of creating space between the arms and chest in the first part of the downswing in order to get connection at impact.

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There's nothing wrong with having an angle, as long as you don't force it. Because you know from-- we're not geometry scientists, but we know as golfers that a lot of those angles are beneficial. They work to our favor.


Just like when you were playing a chip, you'd get forward, and you'd have a little bit of shafting, where you know you're going to hit down on the ball. So if I have this angle on my downswing, I know I'm going to hit down on the ball. I don't have to try to do it.

I suppose the thing we should address here is that is that you get your little bop when this turns that way, the club head drops back, and they think that's you getting the club head further back. But you're indeed out-- but you have it in front. That's what they got to get over.

Right. So you get back to that spot again. It's actually really cool. Pretend we've got a ball in play. So if your arms feel out here-- I'll do this really slow-- you watch. You will never try and just hit the ball like that. Your arms want to unwind.


So as your arms unwind, you tell me where they go.

Well, they're right up against me.

They come back to you. So you've got to create space. That's that packing motion, that connection motion. You almost have no connection to make the connection.

If I'm connected, what can I do? You're not really doing anything except lose that connection. So that's the crazy thing about trying to eject the ball away, it's eventually going to give out.

So we don't want it to. So that's more for the advanced player, obviously. A higher handicap player will have a bit of trouble with that, initially. Long term, if they can--

But it's not hard to understand.

It's not hard to understand if you watch what we just talked about, why and how it happens.

You're a higher handicapped player. That's the reason that you are a higher handicap, because you may have trouble with this very thing. But you don't have to be high handicapped forever.

That's right.

So I think it's very interesting that you would push down there a little, get the bump, and then turn these. I mean, that's a-- I got a lot of room right there just with my-- well, even without a hand on the club.


Just my hand.

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