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At the top of your backswing rotate your shoulders so that your front shoulder is under your chin, or as close as you can depending on your flexibility.
Your trail elbow should be "lower" than your lead elbow during the backswing. This will setup a proper downswing condition that allows proper extension of the elbow "hinge" at impact.
The shaft of the golf club should not cross the target line at the top of your backswing. By crossing the line at the top the correction necessary to get the club face back on line to provide proper connection to the ball is very difficult.
Your knee flex at address provides proper balance at address and allows your body to be balanced and ready to make a organized golf swing.
Over the top during your downswing can cause the club to strike the ball at a very steep angle at impact.
The sequence at takeaway or when the club is first parallel to the ground is important to create the proper setup for the swing. Your clubhead should not go past the balls of your feet at this position.
The dreaded "Chicken Wing" is a condition where your elbows separate during the follow through and we can see that lead elbow jutting out away from our body resembling a chicken wing. Keeping your elbows together throughout the golf swing is the swing thought.
Shoulder position at Address analyzes the relationship between your shoulders and your feet. This will help determine if you have setup with proper balance. Too much weight either on your toes or on your heels.
Your arm position at address in the down the line swing angle should see your hands hanging straight down from your shoulder socket.
Your shoulder pitch at the top of your backswing should maintain the pitch of your spine at address. This analysis will check to see if you are leaning back during the backswing, and allowing your shoulder pitch to be compromised.
Parallel at the Top refers to the shaft of the club in relation to the ground. If the clubshaft goes "past parallel" it means the clubhead is lower than your hands at the top of your backswing. By going past parallel you could be sacrificing accuracy and not necessarily increasing distance.
Your stance at address can cause a few things. Too wide of a stance can cause your hips to "slide" through the golf swing, and too narrow can remove leg power from your swing. A stance an inch or two wider than your shoulders will give you a nice stable foundation. If someone can push you over at address, you are not balanced, and you'll never have a balanced golf swing.
Your shoulder angle at address is created by your front and rear shoulder. If your front shoulder is higher than your rear shoulder, you are in an appropriate position (because your rear hand is below your front hand, this is natural.) If your front shoulder is lower, than your wrist angle must be off (cupped front wrist) and this can lead to inconsistent wrist release, in addition to a higher ball flight.
Wrist angle at the downswing position analyzes the angle formed between your lead elbow, hands, and the clubshaft when your lead arm is parallel to the ground in the downswing. Your wrist angle during the downswing can say a lot about your release of the club during the transition to the impact position. If you have released your club too early during the downswing this can cause an issue called "casting". Imagine your hands are the fulcrum of a hinge. If you open the hinge too early, this is what is meant by releasing too early. Maintaining that hinge is the key here.
Having a straight lead arm at impact is an essential part of good ball striking. Those who fail at this incur the dreaded "Chicken Wing" which generally leads to thin, mis-hits and inconsistent contact.
Your head position at address has a direct effect on the trajectory of your ball. If your head is behind the ball (towards your back foot) the ball will generally fly higher. Too far forward leads to a lower ball flight.
The angle formed by the lead shoulder, lead elbow and hands during the backswing.
The width of hands refers to the distance between your hands and your trail hip. The farther away your hands are from your body, the greater "width" you have. If your hands are too close to your body you may need to extend your hands away from your body during the backswing and allow your shoulders to turn. Too much width in your backswing can also occur. Finding that balance is the key here.
The wrist angle at takeaway analyzes the angle formed by your front forearm and the club shaft. This angle will set the tone for the backswing.
A balanced finish is a good indicator that you're swinging with a tempo that your body can handle and that all the moving parts are in sync. Keys to a balanced finish include: 1) A stright lead leg. 2) Trail knee and torso facing the target. 3.) A clubshaft that is about neck high with your trail shoulder closer to the target than your lead shoulder.
The "Elvis Knee" is playful term that refers to the lateral movement of the lead knee away from the target towards your trail knee. When take the club back and transfer your weight to your trail foot some golfers have a tendency to bend their lead leg excessively like Elvis.
As you begin your downswing you should realize an initial weight shift to your lead foot. This will be the catalyst for the rest of your body to begin moving towards the target leading with the hips and allowing your arms to follow.
Your pelvis location at address should be centered with the rest of your body. Any shifting too far to the left or right can result in a poor setup and an ultimately poor swing.
The hips should rotate on the back swing and not sway laterally. Think rotate more than shift. When your trail hip sways beyond your trail knee, you'll tend to be "top heavy" and out of balance in your swing.
At this 'first parallel' in the golf swing your hands should be on a level somewhere between your trail thigh and hip. If your hands get above your hip line at this point in the takeaway we need to check your posture at address and see if you're maintaining a decent posture during the takeaway.
Keeping your "Head Down" is one of the biggest fallacies in golf. We prefer the term "Keep your Head Still". Try not to let your head sway back away from the target during your backswing. A head that moves back, indicates a body that is swaying back as well, which can lead to many different issues in your swing, mainly balance control.
Extension refers to both arm being straight and extended in front of your body just past impact during your follow through. This is a big indicator to see if you arms and body are in sync during your swing.
The best ball strikers have their hands ahead of ball and clubhead at impact creating a forward shaft lean. This position "compresses" the golf ball at impact, generating more force and distance. It also gives you the opportunity to strike the ball in the middle of the face or the 'sweet spot'.
Your head should remain in line with the ball or slightly behind the ball at impact. This is simple to detect through analysis. If your head is past the ball at impact, we need to work on keeping it behind the ball.
Hip sway is measured by looking at the relationship of your trail hip to your trail foot. We want to make sure that your hips are not shifting laterally too far away from the target during the backswing.
Head Sway refers to the position of your head relative to it's starting point at address. It's ok for the head to rotate slightly on the backswing but we don't want it to sway laterally.
Establishing a proper Weight Shift in the downswing through impact is essential for solid ball striking. We like to see your lead hip slighty out over or in front of your lead foot at impact.
Shoulder Tilt at Impact refers to the relationship of the trail shoulder to the lead shoulder at impact. The trail shoulder should be lower than the lead shoulder at impact.
Determine whether you have lifted your head vertically at the backswing position relative to address.
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