Inside Golf : Inside Golf July 2017
fitness www.insidegolf.com.au | July 2017 35 www.insidegolf.com.au/golftips/ Consistent short game through better body movement Nick is a Strength and Conditioning Coach, Presenter, Rehab Expert and Massage Therapist contracted by PGA Tour Players and Golf Australia to provide his services in the United States and across the globe. He is also the GravityFit Golf Guy! 1300 142 146 firstname.lastname@example.org. www.gravityfit.com/golf Nick Randall email@example.com Sofar in our series of articles, we have talked about how using GravityFit tools and techniques can help your posture and full swing. Now it’s time to address the short stuff, with the help of Matt Ballard, golf coach and short game specialist. Matt is based on the Gold Coast and has recently been appointed as short game and putting coach to Adam Scott. According to Matt, the issue that the club players he coaches struggle with is contact and delivering consistent loft with their wedges. “Most people tend to get steep, the handle comes in first and not enough loft is delivered. This means that the bounce of the wedge isn’t being used properly, which makes control of contact, trajectory and distance very difficult”. This problem tends to manifest itself in chips and pitches that are either fat or thin, fly too short or not far enough and either check up too soon or go rolling on past the pin. The really frustrating part is the inconsistency; not knowing how the ball is going to react makes committing to a shot extremely difficult. This has the unnerving effect of turning a simple task into something difficult and pars into bogeys or worse. For the past few months, Matt has been using the GravityFit TPro to teach correct set up posture and body movement for chipping and pitching. “I use the TPro to first establish spine and shoulder position. I like my students to have the feel of their shoulders and forearms being externally rotated (turned out). From this position, it’s much easier to control the clubface, i.e ., not getting too shut or open. once we have taken care of set-up, I use a very simple drill that has two benefits: 1) It teaches pure rotation from the thoracic spine (mid/upper back), minimizing the excessive right side bend (for a right handed player) that gets so many people into trouble. 2) The drill gives the feel for keeping the hands in front of the chest throughout the chipping or pitching action.” “ When they learn to turn using their thoracic spine and keep their arms in front of their body, it has a dramatic effect on how they deliver the club to the ball. They are now able to maintain width or radius either side of the ball, shallow out the club and engage the bounce/sole of the wedge to interact with the turf effectively, which is a key trait of all excellent wedge players. Doing this greatly improves their margin for error from a strike perspective and produces a far more consistent outcome in terms of loft, trajectory and distance control.” Essentially, Matt uses the GravityFit TPro to train a simple movement pattern that all but eliminates the problems normally associated with chipping and pitching. Here is Matt’s 5-step process that you can follow once you have put on your TPro: 1 – Push handles out in front of your body, keeping slight bend in elbow 2 – Stretch tall, feel green spikes in your middle/upper back and shoulder blades on the paddles 3 – Hinge forward into posture for pitching or chipping (the shorter the shot, the narrower the stance) 4 – Slowly turn chest into backswing, keep arms out in front of body, and maintain pressure on the spikes and paddles. 5 – Turn through to finish position using normal tempo, maintaining same pressure on the TPro and keeping arms in front of your body. In summary, using the TPro and Matt’s drill can help you train a simple movement pattern that can give you far more control over the strike, trajectory and distance of your chips and pitches. For a fully detailed video demonstration you can visit gravityfit.com/golf. GravityFit are offering a 15% discount on TPros using coupon code InsideGolf. • The GravityFit Tools, including the TPro, improve your body’s posture, condition and movement when chipping and pitching. www.peterwrightgolf.com Ph (02) 9634 1876 Custom logo printing the original Wind proof umbrella - often copied but never bettered! If you need an umbrella, you’ll want one that works - GustBuster makes even the worst conditions bearable... With GustBuster you can finish the round, shielded from torrential rain and up to 65mph winds. DemanD protection - DemanD GustBuster! Have them custom printed by the best in the business - great for clubs, teams and promotions that matter - provide quality, provide GustBuster!
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