I grew up in Junior Golf with Mac O’Grady who was certainly one of the great Ball Strikers of his time.
Mac was one of the few golfers who combined Amazing Power with Accuracy. One day when we were over in Hawaii, Mac and I went out to the Driving Range and he put on a demonstration of hitting golf balls that I’ll never forget!
While I was watching him, he turned to me and said, “Roger, I control everything in my golf swing by the Rotation and Speed of my shoulders. (Arnold Palmer told me basically the same thing years later). ( I’d never really heard it put that way before, but have since come to understand precisely what that means. When he wanted to hit the ball higher, he’d Rotate his Shoulders FASTER – and when he wanted to hit it lower, he wouldn’t rotate as much.
In general, we want the Left Shoulder to drop down around 4-6 inches on the backswing, and pretty much come down around the same amount on the through swing.
Sounds easy doesn’t it? Well, the truth is; if a person has a flexible upper trunk – including the Obliques and Quadratus Lumborum muscles, it IS pretty easy! However, if a person has flexibility issues throughout their body – this can be very difficult – and usually cause the body to compensate – and often create ‘compensations for compensations’.
If you’re having trouble doing the drill in today’s video, take my FLEXIBILITY TESTS and find out where you are – (or aren’t) in your body and golf swing.
And, That’s No Stretch!