Introduction: Left Shoulder-The “key” Principle of the Back-swing.
Over the last few blogs we have studied the “Optimum Principles” for Grip, Posture and Ball Position. It is the quality with which we apply those principles that will determine how effectively we create our Back-swing in this article. At the outset can I state as strongly as possible that the Back-swing is NOT to “get in a good position”? If that were true we would need to learn at least 13 positions, one for every club!
The purpose and function of the Back-swing is to create POWER! If you can create your most powerful Back-swing from the Grip, Posture and Ball Position that I have given you, you will naturally achieve a sound and orthodox Back-swing. If I can teach you to coil powerfully, using the left shoulder to ignite your coil, 15 things will happen automatically! Here is a list of the 15 benefits created by starting your Back-swing with your left shoulder:
- Your widest arc,
- Your swing’s path,
- Coiling the whole shoulder line together,
- Loading the torso,
- Hip turn,
- Leg action,
- Constant knee flex,
- Weight shift,
- Loading of the forearms,
- Cocking of the wrists,
- Tempo of Back-swing,
- Length of Back-swing,
- Plane of Back-swing,
- Overall balance.
Quite an important principle, don’t you think?
In Pic.1 the very first inch of my Back-swing is ignited via my left shoulder. It should be safe to assume that, for every inch my left shoulder coils that my right shoulder will coil a corresponding amount in the opposite direction. Right here is the catalyst of those fifteen benefits that I have just listed.
Here, in Pic.2. the left arm has moved independently, leaving the shoulders behind. Now, all fifteen factors listed are in jeopardy and the entire Back-swing compromised. In my thirty-five year teaching career, I would consider the hardest thing to teach or learn, from novice to Tour Pro, is the first inch of the Back-swing.
In the next blog I will share a fantastic “Rectangle Drill” that will really help your Shoulder Coil in the Backswing.