The thing I love about this drill is, you're simulating exactly what you're going to do when you put a club in your hand. .
So it's kind of a reverse grip? Or is it the same grip?
We try to take the whole concept of gripping the club out of the equation, and really get him to turn his shoulders 90 degrees. So if we stabilize the upper body, and then work the lower body against it, you can see he's able to create separation, which extends and loads through the lats and mid spine. So again, head height's equal and consistent. But then we're able to rotate. I'd say about 70% of the recreational golfers I train are pretty good in their backswing. Where they're not good is going to their non-dominant side.
Is the separation?
Yeah. Well, that too.
I feel like I could break this pole.
Yeah, see how much leverage he's able to gain, and create width. But what I was saying is, if they can do that well, what we would primarily focus on is getting to the same position opposite side.
Oh, you're going the other way.
Yeah, getting that through-swing position, and then working back against it.
And you can see, he's actually in an interesting position. Because most recreational golfers do not have the same symmetry with their hip turn. And in Patton's case, he actually has more.
You're saying like, 20 or 30 degrees?
They'd have 0.
I see 0, 5, sometimes negative. Because what they'll do, is they'll get into this position. And when they turn, they will hinge. Which means it's more over the top, as opposed to rotating from underneath.
Yeah, you want to keep the arms straight.
So are you sort of breaking the fallacy that this could improve your swing too?
Well, I think if you understand what you're trying to do with your swing, you would be able to identify specific motions. Like in Patton's case, we really try to load and maintain width, and then stay wide. And then on the left side, we know we can turn through really well. But getting that turn back, to create loading on the left side. So you can do a simple assessment for yourself afterwards, if you put it behind your shoulders. And this also is in rotation as well.
But what I like to see him do is on a off-balance. So we get into the balance space. So A is posture, B as rotation, and then C gets you into balance. So if we go off balance, which is a lunge position, and rotate, now he's able to see how much turn he's able to go into the open hip.
That's transverse plane. And then into sagittal plane, which is into the loaded side. So I would see a recreational golfer at home go like this, and almost fall over.
Versus stay back and turn, and really be able to get extension and width.