Left side bend

I had no idea (ignorant on my part to assume) that so many people didn’t understand the relationship between left side bend, flat shoulder turn and lateral head movement.

First off, nothing wrong with a little lateral head movement away front he target during the backswing, especially with driver. However, you don’t want it to be excessive.

As many of you know, I’m not a big fan of flat shoulder turns and/or the lead shoulder (left for righties) getting too high at the top of the swing. I fight this issue and it’s a recipe for many things none of us are fond of. OTT, stuck arms, vertical downswing shoulder turn, etc.

Anyways, all these things are related. One would think that left side bend would be tilt toward the target, but at the top of the turned backswing, it’s tilt toward the ball.

So if you have issues with a flat shoulder turn or too much lateral movement of the upper body away from the target…or someone tells you that you are losing your spine angle at the top of the swing. You need more left side bend at the top. More easily felt as left shoulder down and out to the ball.

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  1. Jake G

    I think this information will be valuable to many as it seems to be a very common problem. Do you think the improper shoulder turn is a result of just not understanding the movement correctly, or some sort of physical reason?

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  2. Jerry H

    Thanks for your post Monte. Speak of ignorance; I own it-it’s my HC. Your help in identifying my flat shoulder turn (& a malady of other related issues) has been a real eye opener for me. I’ve been working diligently trying to get my left shoulder down for the past 3+ months. I’ve been making some progress lately but, I must say that the video posted on the GolfWRK forum recently truly helped my understanding of this issue by penetrating my Neanderthal brow. The video I’m referring to is by PGA Professional Robin Symes, (“Golf Swing Pivot Explained – Side Bend, Forward Bend, Rotation “).
    I think the information conveyed in this video can help me consistently eliminate my flat shoulder turn. We’ll see if I’m right once we get a break for this awful winter weather.
    So once again, thanks very much Monte for your post, lessons & any further info you can provide on this issue.

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  3. Calvin

    illusion.

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  4. Mark

    Monte,
    I’ve read your blog here and watched your videos countless times, but this is the single most important lesson for me. I had always understood (incorrectly) that I should maintain forward bend in the hips throughout the swing.
    Initially, while I understood this concept, I struggled with its implementation. For whatever reason, “left shoulder down and out to the ball” didn’t work for me, but “left ribcage down and out” does. Understanding and implementing this concept:
    – allows me to turn 90 degrees to the spine whereas before it was all over the place
    – puts my right hip into a great position whereas before I was never deep enough
    – fixed early extension in the backswing
    Mate, if you are looking for a video topic then this should be it – there doesn’t seem to be much discussion about this.
    Thanks Monte and cheers – I’ll see you in Melbourne.

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  5. Mark

    Monte,
    I’ve read your blog here and watched your videos countless times, but this is the single most important lesson for me. I had always understood (incorrectly) that I should maintain forward bend in the hips throughout the swing.
    Initially, while I understood this concept, I struggled with its implementation. For whatever reason, “left shoulder down and out to the ball” didn’t work for me, but “left ribcage down and out” does. Understanding and implementing this concept:
    – allows me to turn 90 degrees to the spine whereas before it was all over the place
    – puts my right hip into a great position whereas before I was never deep enough
    – fixed early extension in the backswing
    Mate, if you are looking for a video topic then this should be it – there doesn’t seem to be much discussion about this.
    Thanks Monte and cheers – I’ll see you in Melbourne in December – I owe you a beer or 3.

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  6. larry boyle

    at what point in the backswing to you initiate the left side bend

    or do you think– do something else– and it produces the bend

    is it present in the setup

    thanks

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