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How the left shoulder moves into and out of transition will play a big part in how much control you’ll have over your golf ball. In this video, we look at a couple of key differences in how a typical pro moves his lead shoulder compared to a typical amateur golfer. The left shoulder movement is an important element in the golf swing, and having the right concept of how it moves will improve your golf swing.

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  1. Nick

    Aug 1, 2018 at 8:01 pm

    Seems to be contrary to most things l have seen about staying connected during the swing
    Is left arm staying connected going back recommended?
    When is left arm leaving connection from body in down swing?

  2. engineer bob

    Jul 27, 2018 at 6:31 pm

    The comparison between pros and ams is quite valid, but once you attempt to utilize this information you must take into account your body type…. endomorph, mesomorph, ectomorph, hybrid-morph, to properly apply it.
    The best and only book (get it!) that addresses body type is:
    The Laws Of The Golf Swing: Body – Type Your Swing and Master Your Game – Adams, Tomasi, Suttie

  3. Tom

    Jul 27, 2018 at 5:51 pm

    I have no access to the video. What’s up with that?

  4. Tom

    Jul 27, 2018 at 3:23 pm

    Pretty tough to tell much from this two- dimensional view of a three-dimensional movement. Plus the pro has much wider shoulders, a much bigger shoulder turn, and, as has been noted, his right elbow is in a completely different position at the top.

  5. darkhors

    Jul 27, 2018 at 11:57 am

    Tom, you mentioned my first thought when watching this. I think part of that problem is that his right elbow is flared and because of that, he can’t drop the club into the proper position. I’m sure that this motion is captured with others who do have proper right arm movement, but I’m more curious to know how much that right elbow is affecting his down swing.

  6. DJP

    Jul 27, 2018 at 11:07 am

    What is the height of these two golfers and what club are they hitting?

    • AMG

      Jul 27, 2018 at 10:37 pm

      Don’t recall their exact height but if IIRC it was right at 6′ for both. Both were hitting 7iron.

  7. Tom Pemberton

    Jul 27, 2018 at 7:54 am

    How about the sigficant different positions of the right elbows coming into impact?

  8. ogo

    Jul 26, 2018 at 2:52 pm

    Pros represent 0.0001% of all golfers… and the rest of us represent 99.9999% and the amount of golfers whose swings are faulty!!! Maybe a new set of PXGs… ya think?!!

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