Start the swing with the shoulders
The shoulder coil energizes the swing. The resistance between the upper and lower body creates the energy in which to strike a ball crisp. It’s very similar to coiling a spring: one end is held while the other end is turned.
If the left shoulder does not coil behind the ball, the hands and arms become disconnected from the big muscles (the right shoulder for left-handed golfers). Without a proper shoulder turn, the hands are forced to do all the work; eliminating the power from the core.
Many golfers raise their hands high and think they are turning their shoulders, but it’s a false feeling. The front shoulder must start the turn, turn the shoulder blade behind the ball or as far as your physical condition will allow.
The hands stop when the shoulder stops; the shoulder turn dictates how high the hands go.
Don’t forget to enjoy this great game called golf.
Rick Musselman, a golf author and professional, owns Musselman’s Golf in Williamsport.
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