I have gotten a lot of emails about my new target. The vertical shoulder turn on the downswing.
(a fair amount of technobabble coming. Skip to the end for the salient point)
Do not discount how harmful a shoulder turn that is too vertical can be.
The emails and comments keep saying that this famous guy has a vertical shoulder turn and so does that guy…and even one included a video of me.
Here is the point all of those emails and comments are missing. Those examples appear to be vertical, but they are not. They are very much turns around the spine. They appear vertical because there is a tremendous amount of tilt behind the ball at impact. Especially the one of me at the Long Drive Championships.
If you don’t have much tilt at impact (or God forbid forward spine tilt at impact) and a very vertical shoulder turn…that is going to be stuck, a hip thrust and a laundry list of other things that are bad.
When you have no tilt behind the ball at impact, it is usually a result of none at address and/or getting in front of the ball. When this is the case, a shoulder turn around the spine is going to be perceived as over the top…and often…actually is over the top.
So people end up making the shoulder turn too vertical to avoid this.
If you install some good tilt, a proper shoulder turn may feel over the top at first, but it is not.
THE SALIENT POINT: If you have spine tilt behind the ball at address and spine tilt behind the ball at impact (both very good things), you very much want your shoulders rotating at a 90* angle to your spine.
Many of you do none of these things and would benefit from all three.
Watch this video again, it is very important.