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Right Vs Left Shoulder Release For Full Swing

Releasing around the trail side shoulder creates the following situation:

  • Low point behind the ball
  • Path more outside in
  • Arcwidth narrowing
  • Clubface more closed

Releasing around the lead shoulder does the opposite

  • Low point in front of the ball
  • Path more in to out
  • Arcwidth widening
  • Clubface more open

Tags: Poor Contact, Chicken Wing, Cast, Impact, Release, Concept, Advanced, Intermediate

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This row is looking at right versus left shoulder release.

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So this is a similar drill or video or concept to the both arms can't swing like a pendulum.

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But it's basically looking at the idea of are you swinging more around your right shoulder,

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whether you're doing it with the left arm or the right arm,

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or are you swinging it more around your left shoulder?

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So right shoulder, left shoulder.

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If you imagine this as kind of the hub of a circle,

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then what you would see is if you were to swing it around that right side,

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then it would reach its bottom when it's pretty much in line here,

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and then it would start coming up or back in,

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and from the down line it would start coming more to the left.

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So if you have more of a flip style release where the club is releasing out in front of the right shoulder,

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then the bottom of the swing is going to be behind the golf ball,

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unless you lunge enough to get your right shoulder past it,

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which is really hard to do, or you swing more outside in.

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So, or potentially you could slide to get that shoulder in front of the golf ball.

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But basically if the shoulder is behind the golf ball and you're swinging it around that shoulder,

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the path is going to be more low to high,

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and the contact, or the path from the down line is going to be more outside in,

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which will tend to air more on a toe style contact.

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The opposite will happen with the left shoulder.

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If you're releasing it more around the left shoulder,

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you'll tend to hit the ball earlier in the arc,

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and then it'll bottom out wherever that left shoulder is,

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and then continue on the way through.

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From the down line, because that left shoulder is ahead of the ball,

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it's still going to be moving into out,

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while it's making contact, and it's not until it gets past the ball,

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that it's going to tend to start working back into the left.

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Now, I stress that the beginning,

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that this isn't about swinging with your right arm or your left arm in order to do it.

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When I teach the single arm releases,

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I teach using the right arm,

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but swinging around or swinging with movements,

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that tend to look like they're rotating around that left shoulder,

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as opposed to doing movements that look like they're swinging more around that right shoulder.

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Also, when you're doing the left arm,

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it's part of the reason why it's usually a lot easier

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to get the ball to launch really low when you're hitting the left arm,

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and it's easier to get crisp contact,

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because the left arm is just naturally ahead of the golf ball.

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But for some people,

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just kind of getting this imagery in mind

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that right around here,

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even with that is where I'm trying to get the club to bottom out,

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not so much right in front of my chest,

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and definitely not in front of my right shoulder.

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So, while you're working on nine to three's,

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or you're working on your full swings,

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trying to get that bottomless wing out more in front of the left shoulder,

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that will take a good white movement,

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and because you're going to have some shaft lean,

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when you do that, it will take some clubface rotation.

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But if you put those together, it allows you to have a much more consistent bottomless wing,

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solid strike with the irons,

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and the white movement allows for you to have that really good side bend with the driver.

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So it tends to set you up with some of the skills that help me give you a really consistent ball striker.

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So you can do it at varying speeds,

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and what you'll find is actually the better,

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you get at the movement and rotating it more around that side.

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The more you can do kind of off-speed hits slow motion or swinging really hard.

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The more that you're swing or the more that you're swing tends to

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bottom out right in front of the golf ball,

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the more you will be or right at the golf ball,

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the more that you'll be tied to tempo in order to hit it solidly.

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So working on that good release will get things rotating more around the space in front of the golf ball,

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which helps with hitting down on it,

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or hitting far enough forward,

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getting the wide point out in front,

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and all those other things that lead to a lot of consistency.

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