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    Posted: 03 February 2009 at 10:59pm
Chuck,

I am a new member and your website and instruction has transformed my game in only 4 to 5 days.  Granted I went to the club every day and sweated for 3 hours but nonetheless, its working for me.

Anyways, I commonly get instruction from my best friend who coaches tour pro's here in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL.  I get the luxury of hitting in the PGA Tour Academy facility and although I have progressed leaps and bounds lately there is still a major issue plaguing me.  I can see on the video that I am "chicking winging" through impact and after.  My swing plane is perfect (according to your video's) and I have decent lag (still working on that), my instructor and I couldn't find a fix this weekend.  I know this is causing my erratic driver hitting although my iron shots seem perfect.  He claims that I am losing 20-30 yards on my driver because of this problem.   Do you have any drills or advice to cure that problem.  I can't find anything on the site about it.

Thanks,

John
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Welcome to the forum, John.  
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Hi John, Welcome.
 
You have posted in the rotary hitter section which does not now see many posts since Chuck has introduced RS 2.0. It would appear to me that most have migrated away from this section.
 
I hope you do not mind me trying to help, but chicken winging is normally due to trying to guide or steer the club through impact by holding the face open.
It is often accompanied by the leading arm not rotating and the leading elbow pointing skyward through impact. The leading arm disconnects from the body and buckles. The body often stalls its rotation at this point.
I think most of the time it is because of a swing flaw earlier in the swing which causes this compensation through impact.
 
It will be difficult to advise without seeing your swing on video.
 
The most common cause is a steep or narrow downswing caused by the shoulders opening too soon and/or the head/upper body moving forward in transition.
 
If these symptoms sound familiar, you could try working on a crossover release, which I believe to be the most natural, and your transition, where the weight transfers to your leading leg whilst the upper body stays back.
 
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jd, can you post a quick clip of your swing?
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John,

I too strugle wth this ailment (although I describe mine as more like trying to start a lawnmower) at/after impact and am no means any type of expert to e giving advice. However, I can tell you from experience that Chuck's LADD video /drills are excellent in working this issue out of your swing
 
Also as has been mentioned tough to know the exact cure w/o seeing the symptom first.
 
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Believe it or not, one of the fixes I recommend is to make sure you set up with sufficient spine tilt then turn around the spine without losing the spine angle. Stay focused with the head still and just pivot. 9 times out of 10 this should fix the chicken wing.
The chicken wing is usually the result of poor pivot coupled with a changing spine angle during the swing.
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Hit some balls with an old glove just below your armpit.  That should help you keep the upper part of your arm in decent connection with your left pec both going back and through impact.
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Sufficient shaft lean greatly reduces the chance of chicken wing.
The glove thing I find teaches one to scrunch their arms which impedes the turn.
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