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Shoulder Plane With Arms

There are a couple checkpoints for making a solid backswing.

  1. Where are my shoulders pointed at the top of the swing
  2. What position are my arms in

The shoulder position at the top of the swing can reveal a lot about your pivot. Where are you planning to get your speed from and what are you going to use in transition can be seen pretty easily by the position of the body at the top. Many amatuers get into a position at the top of the swing where their core muscles are not loaded, and so it's almost impossible for them to fire them on the downswing. The shoulder plane part of this drill helps work on that.

The arm position part helps compliment the body training. Typically, if the arms work behind, or around, the body, then the body will not be able to rotate to complete the backswing. So, if you want your arms to stay in front, you need body rotation. If you want your body to rotate, your arms need to stay more in front of your right pec. This drill allows you to focus on both.

Tags: Backswing, Drill, Intermediate, Beginner

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The sterile is shoulder plane with the arms.

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So you've been working on your shoulder plane by basically taking the club placing it

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across your shoulders and then making a pivot so that the lead shoulder is pointing somewhere

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in the general direction of the target.

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Well you can easily add the arm component to it.

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So whether you're working on the turning grab or you're working on kind of blending it all

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the way until the top of the swing, you can make this shoulder plane movement even with your

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arms crossed and then basically position your arms out as far away from you as you can while

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still creating some height.

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So if we face the golf wall so you can see the down line, we're going to make that

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backswing shoulder plane and then we're going to extend the arms and put them into position.

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Now if I do this all right way, we can actually take our grip in this position and kind

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of field away to the club and this will give me a sense of more or less where I'm trying

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to get my arms to go when my body makes this good pivot and so what I can do from there

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is then go back to my setup position and try and recreate that same feeling and that same

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kind of top of the backswing position in one movement just like that.

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So if you're struggling with the backswing either having too much of a reverse spine or working

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on a sway or flat shoulder plane or the arms kind of lifting as opposed to externally

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rotating and setting, you can use this as kind of a bridge drill for working on that

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shoulder plane with what the arms are doing.

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