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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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The reverse pivot occurs when your weight moves towards the target during your backswing, as opposed to moving away from the target. This can cause an enormous loss of power.
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