Golf Digest (South Africa) - - The Golf Life -

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.

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