…and several other similar meaning cliches we have heard, spouted and tried to implement have ruined our golf swings…notice I used the pronoun “our.”
Don’t ever get the idea I am being superior with the language or tone I use. I know most of what I write here from having done these things myself and after a long painful lesson, learned they were BS.
(BTW-if you have the urge to make a comment that when I grabbed the club away from guiding the shoulder turn, when I extended away the club was really shut at the top…think about it really hard first 🙂 )
A large section of the golfing public get themselves in trouble trying to make this full turn and it ends up being a giant arm swing and over setting of the hands. You cannot recover from this place.
Watch Steve Stircker’s swing again…he completes his back swing. He makes a full turn. He gets a full handset…and he “looks” like he barely gets the club above his right hip. Watch JB Holmes, one of the longest hitters on Tour.
Know it alls across the golf world…most of which are 15 handicaps who watch too much Golf Channel, critique Stricker’s swing as doing none of these things. Anyone who says that, doesn’t know what a full turn is…and everyone in their weekly foursome is paying the price. Most of these folks are nice enough people, but they still should be burned at an OB stake…or at least have their mouths covered with duct tape…better yet, be forced to have basic cable.
As I have stated enough times to annoy all of you to tears, a full turn is turning your shoulders level to your spine as far as they will go, with the arms and hands still in front of the chest, the same distance from the sternum (breast bone) that they were at address.
This video will show you how to find what your full turn is. It may be so short you think you will have no power, it may be exactly what you are doing now…and in a very few cases, it may be all the way to parallel.
Know this. If you go past where your maximum shoulder turn allows you, you waste much of your power getting the club back to that point because………….actually that is way too technical for it to be important to know.
If doing this makes you feel powerless, there is 100% chance you weren’t accelerating properly from that long back swing and now from the shorter, more proper back swing, that lack of proper acceleration feels like a power outage…and it is.
This lack of power feel will improve as your feel learns to fire properly from that shorter, better position.
Happy Thanksgiving tomorrow.