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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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Tip of the week: How to handle big breaking putts



In this week’s tip, top 100 teacher Tom Stickney shows you how to coordinate line and speed, manage wrist breakdown, and more keys to navigating big breaking putts.

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Brooks Koepka’s grip secret



Here is a great video on understanding what allows a great player to get through the ball and deliver hardcore to his targets. Without this part of his grip, he would be hard-pressed to deliver anything with any kind of smash factor and compression. See what you can learn from his grip.

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Swing speed vs. quality impact



In today’s age of hitting the ball as hard and as far as you can on tour, I am amazed at the number of amateur golfers who totally disregard the idea of quality impact. In fact, you can hit the ball further with better impact than you can with poor impact and more speed (to a point.) Sure, if you can kick the clubhead speed up 10 MPH-plus versus your normal speed, then this is not a requirement, but in reality most players only swing a few MPH faster when they actually try. Yes, this is true, I see it day after day. You might think you can swing 10 MPH faster but rarely do I see more than 2-3 MPH tops.

I had a student that came in the other day and was obsessed with swinging harder but when he did his impacts were terrible! When I put him on Trackman and showed him the data he was astounded that he could swing slower yet produce more distance.

Here was a typical swing he made when swinging faster 105.8 mph where the impact was low on the face and the ball carried 222.3 yards.

Here was a typical swing he made when swinging slower 102.9 mph where the impact was much better on the face and the ball carried 242.7 yards.

Now, obviously we know that this works to a certain degree of swing speed but it does show you that focusing on quality impact is a key as well. I’m always telling my players that I want them to swing as hard and as fast as they can AND maintain quality impact location — if you can do both then you can have it all!

The best way to understand impact quality without dismantling your swing is to use foot spray to coat the face of the club then hit a few balls to see where impact normally occurs and see if you can adjust.

If you can, great, if not, then go see your teaching professional and figure out why so you can find quality impact once and for all!

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