Rethink Grip Pressure, Ball Position and Shoulder Alignment in your golf swing.

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[, Music, ], hey it’s Todd, graves! Welcome back to part three of my book review. The single plane golf swing play better golf, the Monon runway in the book. In the first two sections. We covered a lot about the address position today.

I’M gon na go through a little more of the address, because the address might be one of the most important things you can do to learn the single plane, golf swing and one of the reasons Moe was such a great ball striker. If I go to page 59, I want to kind of start here on pages 59 and by the way, if you’re, enjoying these book reviews, don’t forget to subscribe to the channel and also click the little bell icon to make sure you get notified of all the Videos that I have come out on the channel now, let’s look at one of the things that you see. Thats so unique about Mo’s golf swing is the address position on page 59 of the book. I cover the down the line view I want to go through this here to show you some of the significant things that you need to look for when you’re converting your swing to a single plane. The first thing is that when you look down the line, you obviously see that the club is aligned with the trail arm, but I want you also to notice that the lead arm is visible above the trail arm and the legs are pretty straight now.

I want this, we say straight but not locked out, but I actually asked Moe this question one time I was practicing with them and I said no why why your legs so straight at the address, he said what’s straighter than straight, and I thought that was a great Answer because when you straighten your legs that address there’s just less room for error, there’s less variables to deal with, so a lot of what you see in most swing is creating positions of the body that have less variability. So you want your legs pretty straight. When you look at the club, it goes through the mid spine. You see the mid spine intersect of the club there again but make sure that the lead arm is visible above the trail arm. Your spine is tilted forward and then you have the proper Club shaft aligned with the trail arm.

It’S not about lifting your hands higher, it’s not about reaching your hands up, it’s about tilt and alignment, so getting the tilt of the body correct and the arms aligned. So make sure you do a quick review of the down the line view of your own golf swing at address now today. Here are some things want to cover in the book as you go through and look at pages 61 and on to page 63, we’re gon na talk about grip pressure. I want to show you how important it is not only from the address to get your hands on the club correctly, but why and how your grip pressure applies to that we’re gon na talk about grip pressure to today we’re and also you’ll notice, that on page 65, I look at my swing. I review it in a mirror.

Now I want you to use video as well, but this is a great thing to do. Is check yourself out, stand in front of a mirror and make sure you’re getting these positions correct, correct and the mirror is a great way to do that. The other thing we’re going to cover today is shoulder position. Theres a lot of confusion on closed or open shoulders. We don’t talk about the shoulder position today and we’re also gon na go through as we go.

We’re gon na discuss ball position. This is another thing that mo was apt and absolute genius about is where he places the golf ball, because when I asked mo the question, where do you place your golf ball? He says the golf ball. Never moves I’ll, leave it in the same position. We’re going to talk about how the ball actually does move in your stance without moving it pretty interesting there and then, basically, I’m going to show you a quick way of how to get the address position on the golf course.

So today, we’re gon na talk a lot more about address and get into some more very, very fine details. That’S gon na help. You even take it to the golf course. So, as you wrap up some of the finer details of chapter six, which was a lot to do with the address position – and I want to just remind you how important the address position is when we talk about the single plane swing because remember, as we started Out this entire series, you know refreshing your memory about the book is that, if we’re going to simplify the golf swing, we must simplify the golf swing from address all the way through impact, because if we can reduce the amount of rotation, if we can reduce the Amount of stress on the body and reduce the amount of times the body has to bend and shift and simplify our ability to get to impact. We have then simplified the golf swing and we do a lot of that in the single plane swing with the address.

Today, I want to cover some of the finest final details of the address position, including grip pressure, some of the idiosyncrasies of the address where the club is placed. I want to talk about ball position and about shoulder position and we’re gon na use a top camera to kind of demonstrate to you the position of the shoulders. So you can actually see what sacks there’s a big difference in perception and reality. So we’re gon na talk a little bit about that, but I also want to mention to you that I like to use video you know. Obviously, mirrors are great when you’re looking at your swing, but I like to use the video as well, because I want to match the perception of what I’m doing to the reality of what I’m doing so at any time.

An important time in this, you should be taking a video camera out and studying your position against most position to make sure that what you’re feeling you’re doing is what you’re actually doing now don’t forget. We have a coaching program called our goal: single playing academy, gold membership, which is a program designed specifically, so you can send your videos to our academy and we can review your swing as well. So don’t forget that we have that available to you. If you want us to help, you coach, you, through your single plane, golf swing now, let’s talk grip pressure, because a lot of people get a little bit confused on where the pressure should be in the hand. So, let’s kind of go each particular hand and talk grip pressure now.

The other thing you’ll notice is that for each one of these elements of the golf swing, I’ve designed particular products to help, learn and train it and practice it. One of the things that I’ve designed here is an actual grip. I have two special grips, this one, actually, a legal grip you can put in your golf club. This is going to kind of show you some of the significant things to grip pressure that I want. You to see first thing is to thumb position now, when I talk about the position of the hand, so grip pressure is relative to positions of the hand how you apply posit pressure to the grip.

I want you to know that when you hold the club in the lead hand that you’re the fingers are wrapping the club, so the fingers are holding the club up into the heel pad of the hand. So what you’re getting is the fingers are pulling the pressure into the heel pad. So it’s these last three fingers that have most of the pressure and that’s pulling it into the heel pad. Now. Thats where you feel the pressure most said.

Sometimes he was drawing blood, but that’s where I feel it like. If I put my hand mister section, that’s where I feel that the pressure is resting up into the heel pad of the hand now there’s no pressure on this thumb. However, when you move a golf club and swing it you’re gon na run into areas where you feel more pressure points, but right now at address, I’m just feeling the pressure on the fingers pulling that Club up into the heel pad. So there’s a pressure of the lead hand. Now the trail hands a little bit more significant, and I want to show you how if I take, if I take a golf ball, let’s say you’re going to skip a rock and throw it sidearm.

You’Ll see me do some of this demonstration in the book where I talk about skipping a rock now, if you notice what happens when you do this, and I make this demonstration, because what I want you to understand about the grip is and me people make a Huge deal about grip position, hand, position and look. The hands are just basically holding the golf club. The hands can’t move a golf club, they’re just clamps, so how you position the clamps, in other words, how you put the body and rotate the clamp is very important. Its more important than then basically what the actual hands are doing so how we position the hands, because our wrists are reacting to the position of the hands. So I want to demonstrate this.

By taking this ball – and let’s say I was gon na skip a rock and, let’s say you’re gon na skip it sideways like this right, so a sidearm throw notice what let’s look at the position of the body, but also I want you to notice what happens Where I position the rock notice, how the hand positions the rock in the longest lever, that’s the longest lever from the wrist joint all the way to my fingertip there that knuckle there’s the longest lever. I can make with this hand, that’s the longest lever. So what you, when you, when you skip a rock, so I’m gon na produce speed when I talk about skipping a rock I’m talking about producing speed. What I’m gon na do here is I’m gon na take my arm back arm and shoulder back torso. Rope.

Rotates closed then, I’m gon na bring rotate my torso forward. Look at my arm. Its still bent, then I’m gon na gets about here. Then I’m gon na straighten the arm and release the wrist notice. How I first of all it’s a non-rotational movement, I’m not rotating that, but I want you to know that that wrist most of the speed, 75 % of the swing speed, is produced from right here to right through there.

Thats where the wrist has the ability to extend and release that’s when the lever gets used to skip the rock, but here’s. What I want you to notice about what’s happening here is to notice where the rock is relative to that lever. It’S on the it’s in the longest lever. I can make with the hand, so I’m utilizing the lever. So how does this apply to pressure?

Well, let’s look at how we grip a golf club, so this is why well we’ll go into the palm grip in a second, but this is why, when, when you grip the golf club, I want you to overlap. Take this finger notice, my hand notice my wrist. My knuckle is very close together. In the lead hand, I’m gon na overlap my hand, I’m gon na place the thumb I’m gon na tilt, my body when I do this so remember. We talked about this in the last section.

I’M gon na bring my hand up. I’M gon na overlap. The thumb is going to be wrapped by the by the palm of the hand, so the thumb is sitting inside the palm and notice that the final pressure point, on this hand, is right here right here, where I was skipping, that rock right in the same spot. So now, because of the position of the hand, I’m able I able to utilize the lever of the hand and make that exact same motion that I made when I skip the rock. So, there’s your pressure point: it’s right inside I’m gon na point it out to you here it’s right in the side.

This knuckle here right there, that’s where you’re hooking the golf club, that’s where you’re able to skip and use the longest lever of this hand. Now, one final note: two pressure points. So now you have the lead hand pressure. You have the trail hand lever being used now. Why do I want you to overlap?

Well, because what I want to do now is: I want to join the wrists together. So I want them to work together and you’ll, see this in the book. You’Ll see that I talked about how the wrist can now work together. I want you to experiment with something and if you take the club – and you start separating the wrists you’ll notice, that they have a hard time working together, so the further the hands get apart, the more difficult it is to get the work the wrist to work Together when I, when I overlap the hand – and I then wrap the hand or the hand around that thumb – and I’m only really care about that pressure point, then what I have is. I have two pressure points working together because the wrists can work together.

So the pressure point in the hands and the wrists work in conjunction with each other. Thats what I want you to understand about this. Remember the hands are just simply levers and clamps. The wrists actually are, what’s working so now I can use them correctly. When I go to make this golf club move with speed, so orientation is very important, so making sure your bodies tilt and you get the right orientation of the wrist position in the hand and then orientation of the hand.

That’S the rotation and then bringing this up and making sure we have the proper pressure points. So we can utilize those levers and the hands can work together. All that are detailed in the book, but it’s very important. You get that right. So let’s go ahead and take that now take the hand position of the tilt of the body on those pressure points and let’s talk about how it relates to my ball position and alignment and we’ll talk about shoulder position.

So now, let’s take and by the way this is another training product I’ve created. This is this: is this Fingal feeling of greatness training club? This basically has a flat spot on top. It has a position for your thumb. It aligns the club correctly once again because of the way the public has a place for the pressure of the hand there, and it has a forum spot notice.

Theres another pressure point here, so this kind of details for you, the pressure of the hand. So now I have my training club here to kind of demonstrate that now going into the address, let’s talk ball position, because a lot of people get confused on ball position, but I want you two to know of what Moe taught me about ball position. The first thing he says that the ball never moves so you’re like ok, it’s interesting. The ball stays in the same position, but here’s what’s actually happening. So I want you to go.

I’M gon na do a demonstration for you here. I’M gon na go ahead and stand and I’m gon na basically put this ball position. Just a few inches inse. I’M a lead foot right now watch what happens to em. I go into my tilt right.

So there’s my tilt watch what happens when I widen my feet? Do you see how this shoulder goes further behind the golf ball and then, when I narrow my feet to see how that shoulder goes more in front of the golf ball? So if I go wide or I go narrow, the ball is not moving, but this relationship to my lead, shoulder in the pivot point, is getting more behind the golf ball or more forward now, when that when it comes to ball striking, is this and just pay Attention to this golf ball right here notice how what, when we strike a golf ball, we want that that hands to be in front with an iron, and this you have to be leaning. Thats how we compress the golf ball to see that so we different clubs have a different requirement for shaft lean. You want more shaft lean with the wedge and you want less shaft lean with an iron.

But how do you do all that can’t be thinking about all that stuff we don’t have to because look just like most said. If I leave the ball position where it’s at – and this is a 6-iron for example – and I want a basic leave – the ball there. I take a 6-iron stance, width and guess what I hit the ball with the ideal shaft lean for a 6-iron. Lets grab a wedge, so let me say, let’s say I had a wedge on my hand now. This is obviously a shorter golf club.

So I’m closer to the golf ball, but look at this now then I go. I go more an arrow and look. I have more shaft lean with the wedge, even though the ball is still 5 inches inside my lead foot. I now have more shaft lean with the wedge. Why?

Because, because of my narrow stance, the shaft is more in front, see that let’s grab a three iron just to give you the demonstration. Now this would be the longest iron in my bag. It is also the widest stance, so watch out now so look five inches inside my lead foot still, but now my stance is wider and look what happens. Look at my shoulder it’s more back right and look what happens now when I get to impact less shaft lean, see that so you have that much shaft lean with a three iron that much shaft lean with a wedge. So what you’re getting is Moe is exactly right.

I’M leaving the ball in the same relationship to my lead foot, so the lead foot golf ball relationship is really the one you got to pay attention to and then obviously widen the trail foot for the longer clubs and narrow it for the shorter clubs. Now the only variation to this is with the wood, because now you see the balls on the tee so watch what happens and here’s the thing about hitting, for example, a driver, you don’t need shaft lean with a driver. This driver is designed. You want to launch the ball striking, maybe even slightly on the upward motion of the club. So how do you deal with that?

Well, you just take a wide stance. You put the ball further towards the lead foot and now what happens is when I swing when I come down. The ball goes through the bottom of the arc and then it starts to lift and it hits off the tee. So that’s just leaving the ball more forward. So it comes upward on the arc now, so ball position is critically important.

Let, let’s let me show you a little training aid that I designed this is the alignment ball position trainer, and so what you see here is a lead foot stays in its position. You got the driver ball position which will put down. You got this iron ball position which worry you hit every iron shot from then look at this. Then you have the stance width wedge through seven iron, six, seven, five iron, four, three hybrids, then fairway wood driver. So I’m gon na put this on the ground here and what you’re gon na have so I’ll move this back just slightly so now what you have you’re gon na, have the driver ball position in iron ball position?

Now, let’s talk about how I can look, I can basically, I have the same exact setup, all right same exact setup except my stance is getting a slightly wider and the club is getting a little longer, but I want you to shut to show you something here. I’M gon na go with the driver first, I’m gon na leave this ball here at iron ball position. Watch when I set up to the golf ball here how the club head has always been eath, my nose, because I want the pivot point relationship. This was in Section two. You saw me talk about pivot point relationship, so I’m gon na go ahead and set up here now lead arm alignment.

Just like we talked about right. There’S that lead arm alignment, there’s a there’s, a tilt of my body and the trail aren’t coming down notice how the club head is beneath my nose and it’s still square okay. The club is still square, but the ball position is obviously inside my lead foot. So now what you’re getting alright? What you’re getting is a club head beneath my nose and there’s a space between club and ball so once you’ll notice, the club spaceman clone ball, but my setup is that the same relationship?

Okay, now watch this. Let me go all the way into a 7-iron. Now, I’m gon na get the exact same setup except my my ball position is now five inches. I’D lead foot that same ball position, I’m gon na talk about, but what I’m going to narrow my feet to 7-iron width and look. The club is still beneath my nose.

I still have it lined up to my lead arm in the pivot point, but look there’s less space between club and ball right. So I didn’t change my setup. The ball position staying in its position. Now, let’s do one more Club. Lets go to that three iron.

Again so I’m going to leave my lead foot in the same spot, ball position the same. I haven’t changed that watch this there’s my three iron stance, width and now look there’s a little more space between club and ball and my club is beneath my nose. So might the club has always been if my nose right always beneath my nose and the stance width – is adjusting just slightly for each Club, so I’m never changing my address, except for stance, width, it’s what it comes down to. I always feel the exact same and address. The other thing I want to cover here is when I have the ball position on an iron ball position here.

I want to show you that the clubface is square, and this is where we have to talk about shoulders. A lot of people think a lot of people think well, since the club is behind the ball that they’re turning their shoulders. I don’t want you to turn your shoulders to hit this position matter of fact, we’re going to use a top angle here, and I want to do a quick demonstration, as I show you this. So when you look at the top view of my body, I’m gon na stand straight up and down here and let me just draw get my Lima trying to look pretty square here. Okay, so now there’s there’s my ball position.

So you see the iron ball position. Driver ball position, so you see the ball positions there and you see my shoulders. I’M gon na keep them squared of that alignment. Trainer now notice. My shoulders are pretty square right.

Okay, so my shoulders look pretty square. What I’m gon na do here is I’m going to tilt my body notice how my shoulders. Now we have to, we have to define a couple of things here: there’s a difference between shoulders, which is torso shoulder blades and the arm this independently hinged. Shoulder joint that I can move, because I can move my shoulders in front of me see my shoulders are moving, but my torso is not so I think this is where people get confused, but let’s just go through it. So I’m gon na stand here Square to this alignment.

Trainer now. Well, I’m gon na tilt, my body now what you’re gon na see is is my torso opens up slightly just from tilting. We call that side Bend right now. Watch this I’m gon na bring my trip lead arm out. Look at my shoulder come in and then watch my hand trail watch how much my torso opens up see.

My torso goes to about 50. Look at that little logo. On my shirt. My torso is opening up when I do this, because why is that my hand is lower on the club and then my torso has to open up. So what I want is, I want your and this is gon na sound a bit confusing, but as long as you’re studying those angles that I showed you down the line face on you’ll get this.

I want the torso open, but the front of the shoulders closed. Alright and the club will be square, so let me go. Let me just put me up the driver and show you this so the torso, so what you’re seeing is the torso is open slightly, but the front of my shoulders is closed, so the torso is open, but look at the front of my shoulders slightly close to The target line, but my torso is slightly open. Okay, so now you’re getting slightly open up. What I call open, torso closed shoulders, see that so I think you got to make it, and this is the study in the work I did with Moe was understanding.

How was he setting up with the club behind the ball still square and remember – and I want to show this from the top view – look at the club. Its always left-sided see how the club is always on the left side of my body. Look at this backswing downswing, I’m choking down the club to show you this we’re gon na do more of this in the next section. But look at this, how the club is always in the lead side of my body and to get that notice, how the club going to the pivot point see it’s on the pivot point there and the lead side of my body now watch watch how long you Can stay square to see this? You can stay square, see that stay square, so it’s so important to get this upper body relationship where the torso slightly open and these shoulders or in front of you.

Looking close now, let me go down the line and show you that and I’ll set this up for you here the way you look at this, and so you know I kind of mentioned to you that you need to be basically studying your your video or sending In to our coaches, so we can see this it’s critical to get the proper angles here. So there’s my, I’ll just do it with a with a 6-iron or 7-iron here. So here we go, so I’m gon na move this ball here. So you don’t see that one! So now we have a down the line.

View of torso open shoulders closed. So here we go. I’M going to set this club basically get my proper stance with foot position, ball position and notice. How, because of side Bend? You want the lead is becoming visible, because this is like your review for your address.

Trail arm comes in. You don’t want to see any gap between the arms to see if you see a gap between the arms you’ve got too much tilt and your torso is closed. So as long as you don’t see the gaps between the arms, it’s a it’s just a side band opening up issue. So now my torso is open and my shoulders appear closed. So it’s a torso open shoulders, looking closed position now, one final thing, and we’ll wrap it up with this.

When you get this address position, correct, you’re, gon na feel, like you, can be very left-sided with the swing, so we’re gon na feel very, very left-sided with the golf swing now. What I want to make want to say one more thing that happens when you put the club on the ground because – and let me okay and I’ll – go through some more detail and the science of this when we start talking motion but there’s some science behind this I’Ll give you some numbers just so you have the reference, because you’re gon na look forward to the next segment. Here when I talk about a little bit of data at address, my torso is approximately 15 degrees open, which we call positive. Okay, so remember the work I did with dr

Neil, you saw some of his clips in the last video dr. Neil and I we studied this stuff.

So that’s Corso is slightly open, so my torso is about 15 degrees open now and impact the pelvis is open and the torso is further is more open. So about 35 30 to 35 at impact so watch this when I put this club on the ground behind the ball, what you see is that, even though it’s it’s behind the golf ball about six inches or seven inches notice, how it’s slightly on the heel of The club, so it’s slightly on the inside of the golf club at it at that address point now and you can see that easily from the top view how it’s slightly on the inside of the club because watch this I’m gon na go to impact watch. When I go to impact notice, how? Because of my torso turn, it hits the sweet spot of the club, so you get it on the heel and then, when you come down to impact, it’s going to be towards the center of the club, because there’s a little more shaft lean and the club is Moving because of torso rotation, so you want to set the club slightly on the heel and you watch all good ball. Striker especially mode did this and then an impact, it’s a little bit closer to the body.

Alright very interesting right, so you set it on the heel. What I don’t want to see when the worst things you can do and will tell just finish the thing off here, we’re talking about the mistakes I see when people do this stuff, is they set it on the toe of the club and now they’ve lost the Spatial relationship, so I want you to give you your space, put it on the heel. The club give you that space don’t put it towards the toe of the club. The other thing I see – and you know mo talked a lot about this – is how the club we’re and we’re going to talk more about this when we start talking swing motion, but when you get this club placed properly behind the ball, so I get my proper Set up and the club is placed beneath my nose and it’s going to the pivot point, so there’s my set up when I get this set up in the correct position the club will easily move to the inside and back to the plane. I don’t want to see you do this when you put the club next to the ball.

Here’S that you have a problem because notice it changes my tilt and rotation. The club will move to the outside. Moe is a genius when you figure this out, because we have now have a weave in the last two segments on this. In this book review. We have really tell the address position.

What we’re doing here is we’re establishing your foundation for your backswing, I’m gon na say it again. We’re establishing your foundation for the backswing, in other words, we’re putting the body in a position to make it as easy as possible to go from address back into impact, and we don’t want to change that. So if you go like this, if you put the club too close to the ball or you don’t get your slowest, the club’s not gon na you’re not gon na naturally move the club back and on plane. Because, let me finish off by saying this swing. Plane is a naturally occurring event from proper motion, so you will move the club on the proper plane which we’re going to talk about as we go through more of the golf swing, but you don’t have to think about it.

You can hit this hit. These positions correctly hit your positions correctly if you start with the proper positions of your body, I’ll leave you with that today. Thank you for joining me. For this part 3 of the book review and here’s the thing about it. If you’re enjoying this content you’re enjoying going through the book, you may not have a copy of the book, you can always find a link to buy the book from Amazon or from my channel below and if you’re, enjoying this content, don’t forget to subscribe and hit That little icon the Bell button here, so you get notified every time we produce a new video thanks for joining me I’ll, see you the next segment.

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