A low right shoulder is Ball-striking 101
Go Full Tilt
t’s easy to go into a trance watching tour players hit shots. They swing so effortlessly that it’s hard to pick out what they’re doing differently than you. But one benefit of our SwingTRU study is that you don’t have to figure it out. We’ve done it for you. Our analysis of tens of thousands of swings enabled us to identify the differences between how the best players—and ones at every handicap level—play golf. One thing that stands out is shoulder tilt from the point of impact into the follow-through.
Shoulder tilt is the angle you’d get if you drew a line across the top of your shoulders and measured it in relation to the ground. Great players have about 50 degrees of tilt as they swing through impact, but highhandicappers generally lose their posture during the swing and make a more level shoulder turn (see chart).
When you don’t have enough tilt, it’s very hard to get
Iyour swing moving in the right direction from inside the target line through the ball. The result is a lot of big slices with the driver, poor contact and deep divots with irons, and a lack of distance control from club to club.
If you’re not tilting enough, try this drill. You don’t even need a club. Hold a ball in your dominant hand and get in your golf posture. Toss it underhanded toward a target while keeping your right ear pointed at the ground and your right shoulder lower than your left. Keep doing this over and over.
Transfer that feel to your swing, and you’ll start seeing an improvement in your ballstriking—that includes picking up a club or two in distance. ▶ GolfTEC’s SwingTRU motion study measured 40,000 golfers of all handicaps and found that elite players tilt their shoulders roughly 20 percent more than 100-shooters through impact. Tilt is defined as the angle of the shoulders in relation to the ground after the club strikes the ball. The data suggests that many amateurs struggle to remain in the posture they were in at address.