Rotation, rotation, rotation
LET’S briefly touch on the cornerstone to the golf swing motion – rotation.
Firstly you must understand that the body’s natural movement is to turn around the spine, not to move laterally or sideways. It is important to try and improve this rotation and to limit the urge to move sideways.
The first key to achieving this is to get the body in a more athletic position so your spine angle and line is reasonably straight to the back of the head. When this angle is achieved at set up and your chin is not in your chest you will have room to turn your front shoulder under your chin in the backswing without it dipping downwards (main photo).
The second key to achieving better rotation is to check your shoulder alignment (inset). Poor shoulder alignment will be a major barrier to proper rotation. For example, if your shoulder line is open or left of target at address (for right handed players), which unfortunately is very common, you effectively have to turn further in the backswing to achieve a depth of turn required. Check your set up with your shoulders in front of a mirror or with a friend standing behind you and try not to leave your shoulders open to the target line or left of target as this hinders rotation and will therefore make you spin out of the golf shot especially with the longer clubs.
The third key to train proper rotation is to lead away into the backswing by pushing your shoulder across under your chin as a trigger for takeaway. Lead away with this shoulder move, not your arms. This ensures that you are getting your rotation as a lead move off the ball and out of the way early in the backswing.
These tips will improve your rotation which will gain you power and speed as well as allow you to stay down or in the shot longer in the downswing, which goes a long way to curing those sliced and topped shots in your game.