Good Friday afternoon from Classic Swing in Myrtle Beach! Baby it’s cold outside! We will see the temps dip even more tonight and tomorrow. Bundle up and enjoy this awesome tip from Ted!
I hope everyone has had a great start to the New Year and trust you have all set some clearly defined goals and resolutions for 2015. My focus this week is to key in on several different components of the pivot.
The feet support the pivot, the knees allow flexibility, the hips power the pivot, the shoulders give direction to the arms, and the head provides balance. I will begin this month at the top of the body and work down since the head and shoulders work closely together.
A still head is essential to putting, chipping, and pitch shots inside 50 yards of the green. During the full swing, however, the head is not still, but it is steady. The head will rotate as the shoulders tilt during the back and downswing motion. The key for the shoulders is to think about how they tilt and not how they turn.
When right-handed players address the ball, the right hand is lower than the left on the club so the right shoulder should be lower than the left shoulder, and the right ear should be lower than the left ear. See Picture #1 and notice tilt of head at address. (The opposite applies to the left-handed golfer.)
In order to keep the head steady in the backswing and downswing motions, the shoulders must learn to move at right angles, or perpendicular, to the spine. If the spine stayed in a vertical position in the golf swing, then the shoulders would move horizontally. However, the spine is tilted between approximately 30 and 40 degrees during the swing depending on the golf club and body type. Therefore, in order to keep the head steady, the shoulders must feel as if they tilt in both the backswing and downswing motions.
One of my favorite swing thoughts when starting the backswing, from putt to drive, is to feel like the left shoulder tilts down (Picture #2). A key to remember when initiating the downswing is the downward tilt of the right shoulder (Picture #3).
The shoulders provide direction to the arms in the golf swing, as well as keep the head steady through proper tilt. This is extremely important for consistent ball striking.
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