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I’m Ted Norby, Director of Golf Instruction for the National University Golf Academy. What I want to talk about today is separation and specifically, separation between the chin and the shoulder in the transition or when I’m starting forward.
What happens too often is when people try to pull down with their shoulders and don’t get the lower body to shift correctly, the chin and the shoulder kind of pull together which creates this over-the-top move. The main reason for this is most peoples’ power source comes from their shoulders, comes from their chest, from the top of the swing, they’re using their arms and shoulders to create that speed.
What I want to do is get the lower body to shift and the arms to settle. You might have heard of this as, you know, dropping the club into the slot and that’s at the top of the swing my arms are attached to my shoulders, so they’re quite a bit above that original shaft lane or shaft line or the swing plane that I’m trying to swing on. So, as I go to the top, my arms come up to about shoulder high, chest high, but at some point I’ve gotta get it back down so that the shaft is on that swing plane that I want to swing the club through. That’s this settling of the arms, or that dropping of the hands into the slot that we hear about a lot.
One way to feel that is just the fact that the shoulder, the left shoulder and the chin separate and the way these separate is literally the arms kind of settling down from shoulder or chest high down to waist high or thigh high. Now I’ve got this separation in my chin and shoulders and I’m in a position where now I can rotate and that club is going to be on the right plane at this point. So, in the transition, what I’m looking for is this chin and shoulder separating.
Now, as the arms are settling down, there is that lower body shifting but all of this gets the upper body, the shoulders, the arms, to get rid of pulling that out over-the-top, smother left, big slice, so slowly make some swings and in this transition you can feel the chin and the shoulder separate as my lower body shifts forward a little bit. Now if you just do this transition drill where you get a little shift in your lower body, chin and shoulders separate, your hands have to get down in front of you on the right plane so then the body can rotate through.
So, take some swings thinking of this chin and shoulders separating. That’s going to automatically get the hands down in front of you and make you shift a little bit better with your lower body. So, the transition should be more lower body and the arms settling rather than the upper body pulling forward with the shoulders. You’ll hit better shots if you get that chin and shoulders to separate in the transition.Reblogged 3 years ago from www.youtube.com