Determining the width of a golfer’s shoulder rotation during their golf swing allows further adjustments to be made in the interest of improving their game.
Understanding how your body naturally rotates during your golf swing provides a clear picture of which modifications are needed in order to produce great shots on the golf course.
In most cases, golfers will either rotate their shoulders narrow or wide during their swing, which will be easy to identify by a coach, friend or by recording themselves during the swinging process.
Many golfers overlook the possibility that they may be over exerting their shoulder rotation during their golf swings.
Most productive golf swings require very little intentional shifting in our shoulders in order to produce the desired results.
Golfers simply are able to naturally turn their shoulders, be it narrow or wide, and achieve the shot they intend without producing a massive shift in their bodies.
Some players dramatically shift their shoulders during backswings, which produces horrific shots.
These terrible shots often leave the golfer looking to correct other aspects in their swings, rather than their poor shoulder rotation.
Focusing on rotating our spine often prevents our body from going off center, as our shoulder plane remains level in relation to our spines.
Rather than turning our shoulders during our golf swing, tilting puts a golfer in an unnatural position that often leads to poorly executed shots.
Tilting our shoulders at address puts our entire body out of sync, with our head tilted oddly, shoulders dipping asymmetrically and arms lifted drastically above plane.
The result of a golf swing taken on tilt rather than naturally turning our shoulders produces a disrupted backswing with false turn, ultimately ending up with balls taking flight drastically off target.
As we address the ball, a golfer must ensure that their shoulders are parallel to their intended aim line.
Moving first at the start of our backswing, shoulders rotate away from the ball until a golfer’s hands reach their waistline.
As shoulder rotation begins very early on during the backswing, we move into a one piece takeaway immediately after.
With our arms remaining straight without muscle tension, our shoulders have likely rotated up to 75 degrees opposite of the golf ball.
Most golfers are aware of the impracticality in beginning their downswings being led by their shoulders.
In this situation, a proper execution of a downswing would be next to impossible to achieve.
Sequencing our downswing shoulder rotation in the opposite way of our backswing, our shoulders are pulled through rotation by our hips, being led through the entire downswing.
Once our shoulders have rotated past the golf ball, they return to the same positioning they took at address through impact.
While our hips are frozen at this point of our downswing, our shoulders continue to rotate beyond the hips, reaching their final position.
Holding position may come with a level of challenge during the downswing, leading the golfer to veer away from their target.
The key to executing proper shoulder rotation on the downswing relies on bringing our hips and shoulders down simultaneously.
Some players may have the idea that the improper rotation of their shoulders in their golf swing goes well beyond misexecution on the golf course.
If the above drills have not assisted in the proper rotation of your shoulders during play, we recommend that golfers test their range of motion for each shoulder.
While standing, simply lift one arm with the tricep and bicep parallel to your feet and your forearm sticking up straight.
Next, rotate your forearm backward as much as possible, while maintaining an unarched back.
You should be able to move beyond your spine angle on your dominant side.
Our non-dominant side should parallel our spine angle without struggling to do so.
Any difficulties experienced during this shoulder rotation exercise may indicate that an underlying problem persists in your shoulders.
Once a golfer has an understanding of how their shoulders are intended to rotate during a golf swing, desired results will be achieved much easier.
With a clear idea of how this rotation must be conducted in play, a golfer can determine whether they are simply miscalculating their swing or have a serious problem with the range of motion in their shoulders.
Either way, golfers are able to then take corrective action towards the rotation of their shoulders and apply these adjustments to their overall golf swing.
We understand the desire that golfers of all skill levels have in respect to improving their golfing abilities.
Players are encouraged to look over our vast golf drill library on this web site and our popular YouTube channel in the interest of finding great tips that can be implemented into their golfing routine, which will create exciting, enjoyable experiences on the golf course.