Shoulder Position At Impact

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In this free golf tip I show where the shoulders should be at and past impact. This is important to know because most people think the shoulders are square at the moment you hit the ball. Make sure you check this so you can master the proper release.

 

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13 Comments


  1. ethanstaats, 1 year ago

    Do you have anything to say about shanking. This is a shot that plagues my lob wedge game. Please help.

    • Paul Wilson

      Paul Wilson, 1 year ago

      Ethan,

      Here is what I send out to those who shank it. I will do a tip on this sometime in the future. For now just follow below.

      You are hitting with your arms which is getting you on your toes. Check your setup so you are not too close to the ball and the weight is in the middle of your feet.

      Take your 9 iron. Tee up the ball. Take it to the top and stop. Feel the weight 80% on the right instep/heel. Relax the arms. The allow them to gently come down and hit the ball as you turn through to your follow through. Once you start hitting the ball better start to take out the pause. Then finally take away the tee.


  2. ClintHead, 1 year ago

    Hello. Could you tell me the best way to keep your arm loose? I find that I’m struggling to hinge properly through impact. Thank you.


  3. paulelliott, 10 months ago

    Paul.

    What are your views opinions on the apparently new way to swing ie covering the golf ball where the shoulders are square at impact

    • Paul Wilson

      Paul Wilson, 10 months ago

      Paul,

      The shoulders are not square at impact so this will never work. If you are trying to cover the ball you are thinking impact which is not the widest point of the arc. Once this way of swinging is better than the swing of the best players of all time (Nicklaus, Tiger in 2001 – 2003 etc.) I will teach it until then I would avoid it like the plague.

      I’ve got a great idea. Why not learn the old way to swing but learning it in a way people actually understand how the golf swing works and exactly what they should be working on. I can’t wait for the old way to swing to become the new way. That will be a great day!


  4. paulelliott, 10 months ago

    I agree totally I slowed down the swings of the pros last night at US open Lee Westwood at impact left shoulder was open and up


  5. CameornWolff, 8 months ago

    Paul,

    Saturday I took my lesson. I compared my position from the top through impact with your video. What I am struggling with is two things. As you move through impact, your right shoulder is much lower then your right shoulder. My shoulders are much flatter when I am coming through impact. Is there a drill with feedback that can help me feel the right position of the back shoulder at impact (would be my left shoulder since I am left handed).

    The second difference is the position of the hips and shoulders. I start my downswing by moving my left knee towards my right knee which is going back and straightening. I notice that your hips are ahead of your shoulders until past impact when both are open. Do you have a drill that can help me with the separation between my hips and shoulders. I suspect my hips should be pulling my upper torso but I suspect I am locking my torso to my hips thus I have no separation between my hips and shoulders during the first half of the downswing.

    • Paul Wilson

      Paul Wilson, 8 months ago

      Cameron,

      My right shoulder is lower body I am firing my lower body properly. When you fire the lower body the upper body hangs back creating this angle.

      Watch:

      Body Tilt: http://ignitiongolf.com/impact-body-tilt

      Impact Head Behind Ball: http://ignitiongolf.com/impact-head

      Separation is tough. This is what separates the men from the boys. I did a tip on it here:

      Separation: http://ignitiongolf.com/separation

      How do you get someone to get this. I need the person to stop hitting with the arms and use the lower body to hit the ball. If you have hit with your arms forever this is new and totally different.

      I have don quite a few tips now on my favorite drill. Maybe you weren’t around when I posted these tips. If you were around you are not doing it. So watch the tips below and constantly and consistently do these drills:

      DRILL: Swing Off Ground: http://ignitiongolf.com/drill-swing-off-ground
      DRILL: Listen to Club Swinging: http://ignitiongolf.com/drill-listen-to-club
      Drill: Swing Off Ground Variation: http://ignitiongolf.com/drill-variation-favorite-drill/
      Drill: My Favorite Drill


      • CameornWolff, 8 months ago

        Paul,

        Perfect! Separation of hips from upper torso is my struggle. Will worked the drills. I don’t use my arms but they swing away from my body at my shoulders. Need to lead with my hips.

        • Paul Wilson

          Paul Wilson, 8 months ago

          Cameron,

          Yes, you need to be doing this constantly until you are good at it.


          • CameornWolff, 8 months ago

            Paul, I posted a couple response from this thread in taking separation of hips and shoulders to the next level. It is my focus presently. The inability to do this properly has been a problem of mine for a long time.

            • Paul Wilson

              Paul Wilson, 8 months ago

              Cameron,

              If everyone could get this quickly everyone would be hitting 300 yards drives. Just realize that everyday you work on it gets you one step closer to doing what a great player is doing. Keep at it.


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