Today I have to figure out…

…how to hit that bomb without tearing my shoulder up.

I did discover the importance of knowing that you are getting that left shoulder behind the ball and you are making a false turn when you are not and think you are….duh.

Took some videos of my swing on chips, pitches, 48″ driver and stuff in between. Experimented doing some things slightly wrong to compare.

You can make a huge lateral move off the ball and not get your left shoulder behind the ball. You can’t reverse pivot and get your left shoulder behind the ball.

Therefore, by the transitive property, if you get your left shoulder behind the ball (and throw in balanced properly), you are likely not making too much of a lateral move, nor reverse pivoting.

…and likely making a big turn properly.




  1. Damon

    In order for me to get a full, real turn, I need to feel as if my left arm and shoulder are completely connected as one. To do so, I need to hold my hands a little high to get rid of most of the wrist cock at address. When I do this , I can make a full wide turn and while my back is to the target, my arms aren’t too far inside me.. If I don’t set up like this and have this “feeling”, I then have a big tendency to yank the club inside and my arms get stuck way behind me.

    Does this make sense???

      • Damon

        Thanks Monte. Going back to your post from last week, can you post a video of your “long drive” swing? I (and I bet others) would like to see a 340+ yard swing – especially how it compares to a “normal” swing.

  2. calvin

    The Mick tore up his legs because he ran faster than his conditioning allowed. Build up your conditioning to peak for competition. impatience is not a virtue.

  3. woody

    There’s a scientific paper on the Internet, showing which muscles are used in various portions of the swing by high level players–and in what proportion the muscles are used, compared with maximum effort.

    I found it interesting that in the upper body (forward swing and acceleration phase) a big contribution was made by left rhomboid (58% of maximum effort) [shoulder blade muscle]and Levator scapulae (62%)[shoulder blade muscle],

    The interesting part is that these muscles are nowhere near maximum effort, giving credence to the statements by Moe Norman and others that they don’t feel much upper body effort–nowhere the larger muscle power of the legs (right for thrusting, left for stability).

    While valid for top players, I have no idea how (or if) this applies to long drive.

    About the rhomboid, I found out: “The rhomboid muscle is located in your upper back, connecting your shoulder blades to your spine. When you overuse your shoulder or arms, the rhomboid muscle can spasm. Activities that can induce … serving a tennis ball…. Symptoms include pain in your back and shoulders and tightness in the muscle.”

    • woody

      Typo alert: Above should read, “upper body effort–nowhere NEAR the larger muscle power of the legs…”

      It’s possible that your training method put too much strain on the shoulder (shoulder blade?)…or, maybe the added club weight was too much too soon.


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