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The Golf Swing: A Proper Shoulder Turn
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A proper golf shoulder turn is an essential part of a good golf swing. It is important to understand what a shoulder turn is and how it is achieved.

To begin with, it’s critical to have a vivid mental picture of what a proper shoulder turn looks like and how the shoulders relate to the spine and to the golf swing overall. The key to a shoulder turn that will bring the clubface back to the same position it was in at address is an understanding of what the shoulders are and how they attach to the body.

The golfer should consider the body as consisting of three separate and distinct parts, the lower body (from the waist down), the upper body (between the waist and the shoulders), and the shoulders. The shoulders rotate around the upper body (specifically the spine) which acts as the anchor for the shoulders. Common sense tells you that if that anchor (the spine) moves, there’s almost no possibility that the clubface will return to the same position it started from at address. In order for your clubface to return to its position at address you will have to move your spine back into the exact position it was in before it moved. What do you think the probabilities are that you can do that? Since the chances are slim to none that a moved spine can be successfully moved back to its original position, it is imperative that every effort be made to keep the spine stationary during the swing up until impact with the golf ball.

Although the phrases “keep your head down” and “slow down your swing “ are meaningful swing tips, they are only helpful when they are kept in perspective. It is important to keep your head down so that you can observe your take away from the ball to be sure you’re not swaying off the ball and it’s necessary to slowly take the club away from the ball to be sure that you don’t lose your balance as this will almost surely cause you to move your spine. Unless you are a gifted and extraordinary athlete, there is no way you can keep your spine angle intact without practice. However, progress can be made with significant success. If you would like to know more about spine angle or would like more information about how you can practice maintaining your spine angle see my website.


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"The key to a shoulder turn that will bring the clubface back to the same position it was in at address is an understanding of what the shoulders are and how they attach to the body." And can you please explain how the shoulders are attached to the body. " It is important to keep your head down so that you can observe your take away from the ball to be sure you’re not swaying off the ball and it’s necessary to slowly take the club away from the ball to be sure that you don’t lose your balance as this will almost surely cause you to move your spine." With the lack of punctuation marks in this sentence I had to get my gas bottle out just to make it to the end only to find it made no sense at all! I hate to be critical but please edit this article and have someone look at it before submitting it again. Despite what others might say. Lawrence Bredenkamp

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  about 7 years ago

Mr. Bredencamp, Thank you for taking the time to comment on my article about the importance of the shoulder turn in the golf swing. Also, thank you for critiquing my article. I agree with your critique of the sentence you highlighted. It definitely was too long and should have been broken up into shorter, easier to digest sentences. To answer your question, the shoulders are attached to the body through a complex series of muscles, tendons, ligaments, and bone sockets. Please understand I am not a doctor and am not trying to make any kind of clinical analysis of the physiology of the shoulders. The purpose of this article is to help average golfers understand the importance of the proper shoulder turn and how it is accomplished. The proper shoulder turn does not happen automatically. Making a full and complete shoulder turn is important, but not as important as turning the shoulders properly. Please see the ezinearticles “Fold the Shoulder, For a Proper Swing” for more details about the proper shoulder turn: The sentence you referenced in your critique, although difficult to read, makes very good sense. I was trying to convey the importance of watching the ball during the takeaway. Watching the ball during the takeaway allows the golfer to observe any movement of the body away from the ball which will disrupt the entire golf swing. The second part of the sentence cautioned the golfer to take the club away from the ball slowly. Moving away from the ball too quickly will cause the golfer to lose balance which will also adversely affect the golf swing by moving your spine. You don’t want to move your spine prior to impact with the ball as the shoulders rotate around it. If the spine moves, the shoulders will not have a stable axis to rotate around. I hope this clears up your concerns and helps in providing you with a unique perspective on the golf swing. Again, thank you for contacting me.

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  about 7 years ago

Great article, and I too believe a full shoulder turn is critical to not only consistency, but power too. One thing I'm working on is getting my left shoulder to stretch across in the backswing, and not just lifting my arms.

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  about 8 years ago
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