Staying connected

is over rated and terrible if over done. The ad nauseum Marquis de Sade swing trainers, gloves and head covers under the arm pits…that’s what all of this stuff is…the pits.

Staying connected is about NOT making too long of a back swing and/or not trying to widen the arc too much. Those are the things that get you disconnected.

Like I say, it’s about eliminating the stupid things. All of these drills to stay connected cause excess tension, often getting the club, arms and hands too inside and getting your self stuck…or just plain stiff with your arms glued to your body.

Get a solid setup, turn it away with your shoulders, maintain constant width and end your back swing when the shoulders stop turning.

VIOLA!!!!! You are connected.




  1. Wally

    If when you were growing up you were the kid who nobody wanted on their team in a pick-up game of ball. Forget about the gadgets you’re hopeless just go uot and enjoy the game.

  2. Calvin D

    “Get a solid setup, turn it away with your shoulders, maintain constant width and end your back swing when the shoulders stop turning.”

    Amen to that. I would add that when your elbow starts to break down your shoulders have turned as far as they should. Most ams keep going with their hands to “get their hands above their heads or as Jack says “reach for the sky” and when you do that everything gets out of sync. Pros are pros for a reason and when you and I force our bodies into our version of their positions we lose freedom of movement. Timing nightmare.

  3. s.

    Nobody would come right out and say it, but golf instruction is secretly about coordinated people teaching uncoordinated people how to use their bodies.

    The problem is that coordinated people do it, but they don’t necessarily know how they do it. With athletics, it’s good to see the end from the beginning. Shoulders fit this pattern.

    Many golf pros say to move the left shoulder under the chin on the backswing. The problem for learners is that it’s and the END of the movement. If somebody just tries to do it, it won’t work–unless they’re also doing the things that lead up to it.

    When you say “turn the shoulders,” your body knows how to do it…but an uncoordinated person will screw it up because shoulders have small muscles, not built to cause body rotation, because the body has too much mass and resistance.

    There’s a “most popular golf instructor on the Internet,” whom I’ll call S.C. who has a pretty good video that says shoulders can only turn about 20º. Even if shoulders tried to turn themselves, that still leaves us about 70º short.

  4. rojoass

    I’ve discovered the shoulders can turn independently of each other.One can stop & the other can keep going.

    TMI…… me a rash. Go play.

    • s.

      “I’ve discovered the shoulders can turn independently of each other.”

      You’re right. That’s why left-shoulder-under-chin isn’t such a great thought for beginners. There’s no axle that connects both shoulders.

      There are two separate shoulder bones (clavicle), so one shoulder has the ability to “dislocate” while the other remains mostly stationary.

      I good demo of this is in Fred Couples’ original GC “Playing Lesson” (where it’s him alone).


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