Left Shoulder Movement In The Golf Swing: Pros vs Ams

How the left shoulder moves into and out of transition will play a big part in how much control you’ll have over your golf ball. In this video, we look at a couple of key differences in how a typical pro moves his lead shoulder compared to a typical am. The left shoulder movement is an important element in the golf swing, and having the right concept of how it moves will improve your golf swing.

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  1. I just realized this by myself the other day at the range trying to just bring the left shoulder up from below the chin after the early weight shift (it obviously goes forward first, moving the low point forward to a great position, and then up). The dispersion has reduced dramatically. Thanks for confirming this through another great video!

    My new go-to swing thought. Thanks Mike!

  2. Seems like a good magic move / transition explanation. The slide downward is a great concept I've really only heard on this channel. Nice work! Ernie Els said he felt like gravity took over after the top of his backswing.

  3. This is the Tiger dip that Randell Chamblee continually harps on. Pro’s are much better at using ground forces and this is a perfect example.

  4. I’ve seen Brian Manzella reference this move in a conference before. He draws an orange size circle on left shoulder and demonstrates how the shoulder drops below and circles around the circle in the downswing.

    He used a phrase to describe the motion…forgot what he said.

  5. Fantastic video! It took me thirty years to discover this move. Where were you guys thirty years ago? For me, this is the move that helped me hit the ball much further because of all of the lag that this move helps to create. When you spoke about the good angles that this move produces, I assume one of those angles involves the tremendous amount of lag that can be achieved when you drop that front shoulder during the downswing, am I correct? (I think of this shoulder move as a downward move since the forward part of the move comes more naturally than this downward move which requires more of my conscious effort.)