A best golf lesson of late is to turn your shoulders to the maximum on your back swing to gain more distance.
This truly is the best golf lesson for juniors and seniors who typically do not hit their ball as far as others.
Earlier this year I had a severe shoulder problem and was only able to execute about a one-half swing at the most.
This is no way to perfect your golf swing.
Although I tried to play some, if I swung past my limited shoulder turn the pain was horrific.
This meant I was reduced to just practicing pitch shots and working on my putting and chipping for the most part.
To say the least, I was not hitting my best golf shots at the time.
Once my shoulder was better, I noticed I had lost more than 10 yards on my shots even though I thought I was turning my shoulders to the maximum extent on my back swing.
I then attempted to increase my yardage by allowing my left heel to lift slightly from the surface during my back swing.
I WAS ABLE TO HIT THE BALL FARTHER
BUT WAS SACRIFICING ACCURACY
When using the Locked-In Golf™ Techniques it is important to keep your left heel grounded solidly during your back swing. Otherwise, your bottom-out point will change and you will sacrifice accuracy, as I was experiencing.
Realizing this phenomenon, I knew I had to keep my left heel grounded but I also knew I had to force myself to maximize my shoulder turn even more to regain my former distance.
From that point forward, I had only two “swing thoughts” during my backswing:
KEEP MY LEFT HEEL GROUNDED AND TURN MY
LEFT SHOULDER UNTIL IT FIRMLY TOUCHED MY CHIN
This was precisely what I had been doing prior to my shoulder problem.
In no time I was hitting my golf shots even farther than before.
I learned a valuable lesson in the process.
Keep your left heel planted firmly and force yourself to take the maximum shoulder turn possible on your back swing if you want to hit your golf ball straight and far.
Some golf swing instructions suggest you should turn your left shoulder completely under your chin during your back swing.
I do not necessarily agree unless you are very supple.
Even then, I feel you can lose balance and tempo when attempting to swing your club on your backswing until your left shoulder is completely under your chin.
For most golfers, especially older and stocky golfers, swinging the club on the backswing until the left shoulder is firmly against the chin while keeping the left heel planted on the surface is about the best one can expect.
If you force yourself to keep your left heel firmly planted and swing your club until your left shoulder is solidly against your chin, I think you will agree this to be one best golf lesson.
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