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Great drill for body rotation.

Great drill for body rotation.

Great drill for body rotation.

Hi, I’m Mel Sole, Director of Instruction at the Mel Sole Golf School, headquartered at Pawleys Plantation Golf and Country Club in Pawleys Island, SC.  We conduct 1, 2 and 3-day golf schools, hourly golf lessons, and senior golf schools—any golf instruction program your heart desires. Give us a call at 800-624-4653 or 843-237-4993.  We will be happy to book a commuter school or a package that contains accommodations, golf, and golf school.

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Some of my students have difficulty understanding the concept of body rotation through impact.  Plus extending down the line after impact. The need to clear the hips while ensuring your club is extending down the target line can be difficult to understand.  As well as to execute.  Recently while waiting to tee off, I casually started to perform a stretching motion with my hands on each end of the club.  I had an epiphany!  The motion I was making was the exact move I need my students to accomplish.  So here it is!

Do this daily!

Take iron and hold it as shown:

Great drill for body rotation


Great drill for body rotation



Slowly swing back until you reach a full shoulder turn. You will notice that my right arm is extended away from my body.  The shaft should be on an angle that would point down to the ball—#4. Pay close attention to what this position feels like at the top of the backswing.  It’s almost impossible to “reverse pivot” (or tilt your spine so that the weight moves to your front foot) doing this part of the drill.

Great drill for body rotation


Great drill for body rotation



The shaft must point in the direction of the intended flight of the ball (see picture #6, below right). You will notice that although my hips are rotated around to the left, my shoulders are parallel to the intended line.  And my eyes are still looking down at where the ball was.



I then continue the motion through to a finish.  My right arm extended down the target line and my hips all the way through to the target:


Swing a club like this in your living room or backyard.  You will learn how it feels to clear the hips.  And keep the shoulders parallel to the target through impact.  It is key to good shotmaking.

Source: Mel Sole Golf School.

Thanks for reading – Great drill for body rotation.  Try this!

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