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Friday, January 18, 2019

Tom Stickney on "Fake" Shoulder Turns (Video)

This post could help you in some unexpected ways. Instructor Tom Stickney did this short video to illustrate the difference between a real shoulder coil and the partial shoulder turn that less-flexible players make.

I've written a number of posts about shoulder coil, and the cool thing about this video is how well it illustrates the difference between a good shoulder turn and a bad one.

In a bad shoulder turn you try to create a fuller turn by bending your elbows, which actually decreases the length of your backswing.

But a good shoulder turn allows your elbows to stay much straighter, which widens your arc.

Here's the important thing to remember: Even if you don't get a 90° shoulder turn, it's important to get that width with your arms. That's why many Tour pros can hit the ball so far with a shorter backswing -- less shoulder turn with more arm extension creates a bigger arc than a fake shoulder turn with bent elbows.

The reason I'm posting this video is so you can discover whether you're making this mistake or not. All you need to do is get in front of a mirror and look at your top of backswing position, then compare it to what you see in this video. This is a really easy way to find out what a good shoulder turn FOR YOU feels like. Once you see what a wide arc looks like, you can practice duplicating the feel and then take it to the course.

It might even help you get some more distance AND become more accurate. It works for Jon Rahm. Give it a try!

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