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Improving Your Shoulder Turn

by James Stewart 

As one gets older, our shoulder turn tends to get shorter and shorter, and thus we then lose distance and consistency. I have a simple and great exercise that can help golfers maintain their shoulder turn and improve the connection in the swing. 

 

In image one I’m in my address position and I’ve got a 4 kg medicine ball - I would suggest starting perhaps with a 2kg or 3kg medicine ball and then working up the weights from there. 

 

In image two, just like a normal golf swing, I’ve completed my backswing, however the weight of the ball has helped me turn more and also kept me connected. The ball is heavy, so it forces me to turn my shoulders and hips to complete the swing, rather than just using my arms and hands. Sometimes we think we are turning but actually we are disconnected, and the arms and hands take over, instead of turning our shoulders. 

 

In the third image, I have turned through to my follow through, keeping everything connected and together and with a proper weight transfer. After doing this exercise for a while, you should feel more shoulder turn and connection in the swing, which will result in better consistency and distance.