The Front Shoulder – Where It All Starts

For a Large Muscles controlled golf swing, you start by using the Front Shoulder to push the arms and club to the top of the backswing. Your shoulders wind up around your spine and because of a slight tilt at setup, this wind up pushes your arms and club up to the top of your backswing. Also, as your shoulders turn on the takeaway, your arms stay if front of your body (so to speak) or at least in front of your shoulders. This is where many golfers get into trouble by letting their arms take over and move on their own (pulling the club to the inside or lifting). The more the arms can stay in front of the shoulders/body, the easier it is to return in back in front of the body at impact.

What about the hips? Once the shoulders have wound up as far as they can go, the shoulder turn, will also turn the hips over too a little. The hips do not move on their own. They are wound up via the shoulder turn.

* Hint: The front shoulder does not push “Down”. The front shoulder feels like it moves straight back, but it is actually moving in front of you as the back shoulder moves behind you. This move winds 90 degrees around your spine, on the tilt angle you setup with.

The Thinking is Done – Just Practice

My instruction has many little nuances that make HUGE differences. These are mostly setup. I push routine, routine, routine to my students and the reason is the routine is the vehicle for lasting change. If you do something enough, it becomes muscle memory, but if you rethink or relearn something every time, it is brand new to your mind each time, makes you anxious, and does not get programmed as a muscle memory item since it is not repetitious… it keeps changing. The real long lasting change (muscle memory), only comes when something is exactly the same each time for many repetitions over a long period of time. How many repetitions? How long? are totally individual. I do know, the students that focus, don’t change and practice almost like a machine, program much faster…. the “Thinkers” or “Re-learners” never get off the ground and never will. Again, it is because the mind is relearning each time. Real productive practice is repetitious and sometimes boring. It is about programming “Trust” that what you have, is right and will get the job done! The results are awesome.

Here was a reply to a student who has all the pieces and just needs time and no more thinking…

Everything you said and discovered is right. These are the puzzle pieces. Right now you feel like there is a lot of steps, but the small movements will combine into just a few comforting reminders during the routine (after weeks and months of repetition like any other real, lasting change). The best part is once learned, there are so few pieces, the golf swing comes down to Shoulder/Body turn. All Large Muscles and Repeatable. If anything goes wrong, it will almost always be there was a grip pressure change during the swing or slight setup adjustment. You just need time and repetition. It is like the thinking part is done, now stay focused on the same few components over and over in a routine and it will hold up on the course… Ross