Less Shoulder Turn Means More Good Swings

PGA Tour pros take big, long swings and turn them into 300 yard drives. However, that's not the swing that amateurs should be taking. One of the reasons is pretty obvious. 

"The Tour pros, they have personal trainers helping them every single day making these shoulder turns," says Dan Colosi, head pro at Wildwood Country Club. "Your average, everyday golfer sitting at desks, they don't have the time to practice and have all this flexibility."

Colosi preaches "using what you have." Which means less practice time must become efficient practice time. Not coincidentally, the swing must follow the same pattern. 

"What needs to happen is an efficient swing. It may be shorter than usual, but its going to be a little more consistent in your ball-striking," Colosi says.  

The first drill Colosi demonstrates to students makes them focus on stopping the backswing before it gets too high. Colosi will place a ball about 5-6 feet behind the ball a student is about to hit and extending opposite the target line.  "You're going to think about getting your grip end pointing at that (ball) and then you can start your downswing," Colosi says.  

A full swing thats done correctly is less about hands and arms and more about "Getting your back to the target on your backswing. It's a simple thought, but in order to do it correctly you have to keep your hands very quiet coming off of the ball," Colosi says. "If you can get your shoulder back without hands and arms, then you've made a complete backswing."

Colosi often sees amateurs working the wrong muscles. The grip should be soft like "gripping an egg". The muscles that should do most of the work are the big ones, not the small ones.

"What you want to keep tense is your abs, your upper thighs, your lower back, basically, your core muscles," Colosi says. "Anytime you're using the smaller muscles, your arms and your hands, you're not going to be able to hit the golf ball like that. You need to be relaxed hands." 

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