How To Shallow The Club And Hit Longer Drives

How To Shallow The Club And Hit Longer Drives

Hey, guys, Eric Cogorno here with Performance
Golf Zone. In today’s video, we’re going to talk about
how to shallow the club and hit longer drives. I’m going to show you how to shallow the club,
give you some key checkpoints, and a drill to use so you guys can start hitting the ball
a lot longer and straighter next time you guys go play. So, in terms of the downswing, when we’re
talking about shallowing the club, now let’s first define what that means. So, if I take my normal setup, and at address,
I drew a line, if you could imagine, through my club, up through my body, that would make
sort of a plane line. So, when we’re giving golf lessons, oftentimes,
we’ll draw that line that produces a plane in space. Now, that’s important to understand, that
the best golfers who hit the ball the farthest and straightest, typically, if you were to
imagine that line was there, that club head and club would work up that plane line, pretty
much on it or parallel to it, and would start to work, basically, right back down on that
plane line. If you could imagine a perfect plane or a
perfect circle around my body, they wouldn’t deviate much from that line, both back or
down. Now, that’s perfect in utopia for them, but
for us, sometimes we go off that line a little bit. Now, certainly, the more common error off
that line would be, you, during the downswing, would be above the line, or you’d be over
that line or over the top, and that’s killer, both for direction and, mostly, for distance. So, if we are above that line too far this
way, we need to learn how to shallow the club, which means, it would go from whatever angle
I am at the top onto a lower angle. So, here’s me here. Here’s a lower angle, shallowing the club
during the downswing to get myself back on that line that I went back on. Now, the best players typically are either
on that, or on that circle line, back down, or they’re slightly underneath it. And there’s definitely a lot of advantages
to being slightly underneath it with the driver: easier to hit up on the ball, easier to produce
more speed, hit the ball farther, and have that beautiful draw that we all want. So, how do we go about doing that? Well, before I show you the practice stage,
let me give you some reference points. If I go to the top of my backswing and I pause,
let’s talk wrist conditions first. So, at the top of my swing, my back of my
left hand points this way and slightly upward, so to the left and slightly upward. My right palm points to the left and slightly
upward. Now, if I wanted to shallow the club, or make
it go on a lower angle, my hands would have to work in this fashion. So, what just happened there? From here as my starting point, as I work
down, my back of my left hand got more up towards the sky and my right palm went more
up towards the sky. Now, the opposite of that would be true. Here’s the top. If I were over the top, or I steepened it,
which would be bad, my hands would work in this fashion. Notice, the back of my left hand went more
to the side, my right palm went more towards the side. Again, if I wanted to shallow, I wouldn’t
have my back of my hand and my right palm work more down. That would tip the shaft over. Bad news for us. I’d have the back of my hand work more up
towards the sky. Almost, you could imagine, you could place
something on the top of my back hand and it would stay there, or my right palm would be
more up. Notice the angle that the shaft takes when
I do that. Those would be simple little feels that I
would use in terms of my hands compared to normal. The same thing is true then for my arms and
my forearms. So, if I start normal at the top, my left
elbow’s down towards the ground, my right elbow’s somewhat down towards the ground. If I shallow the club, notice what happens
with my arms. Both of my elbows would start to point more
in this direction. If I steepened the club, see how my elbows
would work more down towards the ground, or actually behind me if I were to steepen the
club. If I shallow the club, my elbows go from down
to pointed away from me, from down to away from me. That would be another way that you can feel
the shallowing of the club. I like a lot of people to have cues like that,
and also just have an awareness and feeling of where the club head is in space. If you’re a golfer who comes down and your
club head gets any amount over the top, or steepened this way, to get it back on a normal
plane, or shallow it out, you have to feel like it’s so unbelievably far behind you during
the downswing. I’m talking, a normal slicer, at the top,
is going to have to feel like the club is like a mile back here behind you when you
swing in so that it’s even close to that line. We’re talking huge exaggerations. Those are some simple checkpoints at the top. For some of you, it’ll be that simple, just
an awareness of that. For some, you’re going to need more, so how
can we have more and how can we fix that? Well, the best drill that I use to help shallow
it, and we’re on a mat here, so I’m going to use a bucket and an alignment rod, I’ll
set it up here, and then I’ll explain how I have it set up. Basically, what I want to do is, I want to
put something in my way during the downswing that makes me swing from the inside and underneath,
and there’s several drills that work here, this being my favorite one. Now, let’s talk about how this is set up before
I talk about how it works. If I took my normal setup position, I always
like to kind of pose it where, if I took a normal takeaway, the club is on my toe line,
that would be a neutral takeaway position, I typically like to give myself several inches
there. I could move it slightly more towards myself,
would be okay, but I give myself several inches there, meaning, I wouldn’t set up and have
it so far inside that it would be down here, and I wouldn’t set up where it was so far
away from me that it would make no difference at all. I’d give myself a few inches from here, maybe
four or five or six inches from there. And the angle that I have it on can adjust
depending upon how far away, the point being, during my downswing, if I make a swing and
come underneath the stick and feel what I need to feel to get the club head working
more from inside, I’ll miss the stick, I’ll have a shallower downswing approach, my angle
of attack will be better, and I’m going to hit better shots. If, from the top, I come too far over the
top, I’m going to certainly run into that stick, maybe even go to the outside of it. If you haven’t done this before, maybe throw
a little pool noodle on or use something a little bit softer than an alignment rod to
begin with. So, that’s how we would set that up. From the face-on part, typically, again, I’ll
kind of pose the same thing. I want to put it far enough in this direction,
where the stick is maybe halfway down the shaft. I don’t want it to be so close that I would
run into it with my hands. That’s basically the setup and alignment,
so you can play with that a little bit, the point being, if I’m going to go ahead and
hit a shot, I want to feel the club head working, again, from the top, the club’s more behind
me, working lower to the ground sooner, and having a nice shallow angle of approach. May or may not feel some of those hands, forearm,
or elbow pieces. So, let’s go ahead and give this a try. I’m going to just do one or two rehearsals
to kind of feel where that club head needs to be for me, and then I’m going to go ahead
and try one here. And there I had a nice shallow downswing,
hit a good shot for me, and I’m trying to retain, “Hey, what does this feel like for
me with this here?” So, for me, I feel like the hands are a little
lower, the club is on a little bit more of a lower angle to the ground this way for me
compared to normal, and I’m trying to retain those feels. Those are the feels that I’m going to go play
golf with. So, whatever feel I have with that, if it
produces the results I want, that’s what I want to play with. It doesn’t matter if it’s technically correct
or not. It’s just that it produces the shots. You want to do this enough in practice, where
you have a feel that produces the pattern that you want, and then, again, that’s what
you go play golf with. So, that’s how you shallow out the downswing. Of course, there’s some setup and backswing
pieces that you’d want to look at to help influence that, but from the top of the swing,
those are the hand positions. Watch those elbow positions. Set this practice station up as a feedback
device to help shallow it. It’ll help you hit longer and straighter drives. Hope that that all makes sense. Hope you guys like this video. If you did, please click the Like button,
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Comments (29)

  1. How To Hit Better Drives In 5 Minutes:

  2. Thanks a lot for the lesson(drill). Success in everything good you want to do Eric. El negro Walter Jose De Martis Suares. From Chacarilla del Estanque San Borja Lima Peru.

  3. I've got to try this

  4. great wrist hinge tip in downswing. Best yet.

  5. Good drill using the alignment rod (or something softer!) but the stuff about backs of the hands and elbows sounded overly technical and. Bit confusing, so I liked some bits but not others. I'll certainly try the drill, though, as I do have a tendency to come over the top a bit. Thanks.

  6. So Obvious – now that you showed it! THANKS!

  7. So many people talk about this 'shallowing of the club' on the downswing–thank you for being transparent in your definition and explaining its pertinence to hitting irons longer

  8. That was so clear..thanks so much for your time..

  9. Hey Eric, great lesson. Has helped me to straighten my slice, and hit the driver on a lower trajectory. However i have started to hit a lot of straight pulls w the driver. Any ideas?

    BTW shallowing has helped a lot through the bag, not just driver

  10. Excelent tip! That really made sense to me. . . .thank you!

  11. This is good because the message (the talk) is simple and uncluttered by excess detail. Compare a Performance Golf Zone video tip to a Russell Heritage video to see the difference between too much verbiage and just enough spoken content. Additionally, Eric moves quickly into a simple drill; whereas, Russell talks you to death before swinging the club. Next, you get to see that shallowing the club means you're rotating both arms in their sockets in order to get the right angles as you drop the club. Finally, you have the aim stick or the pool noodle to give you a reference path for your shaft and club head. So, this video gives you a verbal awareness of the task, some toys to play with and a better swing path all in one short lesson. It's a good job and the simplicity and succinctness of the lesson make it one of the top YouTube videos on shallowing the club.

  12. So much shit talking

  13. Eric, should I have the same swing thoughts with irons as well? If so would it be only mid or long irons or for short irons too

  14. Great drill bro , really helped me hone in a new swing on plane over the last few weeks at the range , played today at the club and was drastically more consistent, cheers bro

  15. Why not position the club in a shallow position at the top of the backswing then just shift turn and swing. It should simplify the whole swing.

  16. All good stuff. The drill is the best part. External cues work much better than telling someone to rotate their wrists so their hand faces the sky more.

    The BEST drill is to simply tell someone to hit the ground with the heel of the club only. This automatically makes them shallow the club.

  17. Great 👍.
    Everyone has different transitions. Easiest way for me coincides with that bump to the left side, while keeping my left shoulder under my chin at the top, then the hands just drop & you can literally feel the freedom to burn thru the impact zone.

    If you’re trying to still create this hip resistance thing which has moved on faster than Square to Square or Stack & Tilt then I guess you can try to do it with some funky manipulation. Either way, well done.

  18. Important to note that the club will naturally start to shallow only if and when the lower body starts to rotate. Shallowing the club is not efficient if you’re only manipulating the club with your hands and arms.

  19. Sankat mochan mahabir hanuman

  20. Hi there, sometimes when I do this my club face goes open and I hit it right. Do you supinate your left wrist like hogan to square the club? Or what method do you use to square it

  21. dude dude really gabby gabber quicker info

  22. Excellent video, well presented and easy to follow your explanation. Helps to reinforce what my Pro was trying to get me to do.

  23. malaska says to tip the shaft. he wrong?

  24. Nice presentation.

  25. thanks so much, I've been obsessing over golf tutorial videos and this is the only one that has given me the knowledge to fix my driver downswing 🙂 (I'm beginner)

  26. an important thing when watching all these videos is knowing your faults.

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