WHAT EXACTLY IS THE ‘ONE MOVE?’
want you to think only about your left shoulder starting the swing. During the takeaway, turn your left shoulder out and back. Imagine a point in space that’s about 10 centimetres in front of you at address, floating halfway between your left shoulder and your chin.Turn your left shoulder to that point on the takeaway, and the rest of your backswing will follow correctly.
When the left shoulder swings out, the right shoulder pushes back.This creates the torque of the left-side back muscles early in the swing, because the hips are open and the shoulders are closing when they turn back.This ultimately will lead to the club coming into the ball on an inside path for maximum clubhead speed.
From this shoulders-open position, the hands stay in front of the body for the first half of the backswing. Compare this to the short route I described earlier, where the hands and arms move quickly to the inside – they don’t stay in front. When they do, it takes longer for them to get to the top – the long route – and the back muscles have a chance to wind up. That allows the left hip to start a lateral movement towards the target before the hands complete the backswing. It keeps the hands from “hitting from the top,” a common fault.
Do it correctly, and the right side stays passive.The result is a solid strike because the body leads the club, creating a delayed hit. Most bad shots come from an early hit from the right side.
When you swing back properly and let the left leg and hip start moving laterally before the hands reach the top, you double-torque the left side of the back.The lower body moves away from the upper body, increasing the coil. Then the club naturally falls onto an inside path to impact, so you can accelerate through the ball, start it to the right and hit a draw (above). Best of all, you’re putting your swing on automatic.