This fatal bug is causing your chop, according to tech

3D images can teach you a lot about how to swing and how not to swing.

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Welcome to Play Smart, a game improvement column and podcast from editor Luke Kerr-Dineen to help you play golf smarter and better.

There is no better time to be a golf nerd than right now, in this current moment.

For all the allure of earlier eras, today’s golfers can use technology in ways we never thought possible before. Coaches can study their students’ swings deeper than ever and emerge knowing more than ever.

One of the companies at the forefront of this movement is Sportsbox AI, an app that uses your iPhone’s camera to generate a 3D model of your swing while providing advanced metrics. In a recent Sportsbox webinar with GOLF Top 100 Professor Jeff SmithTeaching Davis Riley, Viktor Hovland, and Patrick Rodgers, among others, Smith showed off the technology and, along the way, revealed an interesting nugget about what might be causing his slice.

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The cause of your slice

Below you will find the 3D images of two different golfers. The best golfer struggles with a cut. The last player is on the PGA Tour. For both, Smith highlights two key metrics: chest and pelvic roll at mid-swing and at impact. Take a look at yourself below and you’ll notice that the slicer’s chest is slightly ahead of his lower body.

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“His chest swings toward the target at a much higher rate than his pelvis,” Smith says of the cutter (best golfer, below). “It’s the exact opposite of how top golfers do it.”

This, Smith explains, prevents the golfer from drifting away from the target on the downswing, causing him to send the club over the top and into a cut.

The metrics circled above record the number of inches the chest and pelvis have moved toward the target.

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When Smith stops the Tour golfer, you can quickly tell the difference. Whereas the cutter had his pelvis three inches to target and his chest nearly six inches to target in the first frame, the Tour player has those turns reversed. His chest is only three inches from the target and his pelvis is five inches from the target.

“You’ll notice that the pelvis outperforms the chest,” says Smith. “You get a big difference between the pelvis and the thorax…the pelvis moves forward, but the thorax stays behind.”

Simply put, the Tour player’s lower body is ahead of their upper body throughout the downswing (the result of good “sequencing”), which helps the club land in the groove at the downswing and avoid a cut. It’s a good thought for the rest of us, presented in a way we’ve rarely seen it before.

You can watch the full video right here:

Luke Kerr-Dineen

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Luke Kerr-Dineen is Game Improvement Editor at GOLF Magazine and GOLF.com. In his role, he oversees the brand’s game enhancement content spanning instruction, equipment, health and fitness, across all of GOLF’s media platforms.

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An alumnus of the International Junior Golf Academy and the University of South Carolina-Beaufort golf team, where he helped them rise to No. 1 in the NAIA national rankings, Luke moved to New York in 2012 to earn her master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University. . His work has also appeared in USA Today, Golf Digest, Newsweek, and The Daily Beast.

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