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U.S. Open 2019: Here’s why a pro is using a coat hanger (!) as a training aid at Pebble Beach

June 10, 2019

There are lots of training aids out there — lots of good ones — but sometimes, the best ones double as the most simple ones. The kind you can make at home. And we saw yet more evidence of that on the range at the 2019 U.S. Open.

The golfer was European Tour pro Lucas Bjerregaard. The 27-year-old Danish golfer was on the range on Monday grinding with a coat hanger. He was holding it in has hands on the underside of the grip as he gripped the club, and kept in there during the entirety of his swing.

What’s the point of doing this, you ask? The goal is to keep the coat hanger pressed up against your lead forearm during the entirety of your golf swing. It’s something Bjerregaard does to increase the amount of shaft lean at impact during his swing, something he says improves the quality of his strike and helps him flight the ball in a more penetrating fashion.

(Photo by Daniel Dunn/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
(Photo by Daniel Dunn/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

So if that sounds like something you need to work on, give it a try. Of course, one of the major downsides of using a coat hanger is that you need to keep holding it throughout your swing. The Hanger training aid solves the same problem, but it attaches to the club, so you don’t have to worry about holding it constantly, or that it moves around during your swing.

Either way, the coat hanger seems to work for Lucas Bjerregaard, and if he has a good showing this week, maybe we’ll see more of them on the range in the near future.

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