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Keep the Shoulders Square at Impact..

Keep the Shoulders Square at Impact.

Keep the Shoulders Square at Impact.

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.

Monthly Golf Tip by the Mel Sole Golf School.

On a previous trip, I spoke about the role of the right forearm during the downswing. I have noticed that a few students still cut across the ball while working on this drill. This is because they do not understand the role of the shoulders during the downswing. Watch yourself in front of a mirror.  This is a great feedback tool. You will immediately see if you are starting your downswing with your arms (upper body) or your hips. (lower body)  As usual, don’t be afraid to exaggerate this movement.  As you know that once you go to the golf course, the body is going to try and go back to its “comfort zone,” and you’ll be right back to square one.

I noticed students rotate the shoulders from the top of the backswing, causing the club to get in front of the hands and still come over the top. 

Keep the Shoulders "Square" to Hit It Straight!

The right shoulder has moved out.


Do not allow the shoulders to rotate, but keep the right shoulder back as long as possible by starting the downswing with a slight forward movement (or bump), preventing the lead shoulder from opening up.

Keep the Shoulders "Square" to Hit It Straight!

The right shoulder stays back.

Keep the Shoulders "Square" to Hit It Straight!

At impact, the shoulders are square.

Once the club has reached the impact position, the shoulders should still be square, and only after impact do the shoulders rotate out of the way.

(5. Torso rotates through.)

Work on a short version of this with a pitching wedge or 9 iron until you get comfortable. Then move up through your clubs to the driver. Once you understand this principle, your accuracy should really improve.

6. Through to a full follow-through.

Source: Mel Sole Golf School.

Thanks for reading – Keep the Shoulders Square at Impact. You’ll thank me later!

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