The proper rotation of your shoulders in your back swing is key to delivering more power in your forward swing.
So what is the proper shoulder rotation? First, it is important to maintain good posture while you rotate your shoulders so your back faces the target at the top of your back swing.
Once at the top of your back swing, your lead shoulder (left shoulder for a right-handed player) should be lower than the right and in line with the ball. You should feel about 80 percent of your weight on your back heel. This position at the top will help to set up your forward swing path, enabling you to deliver more power, much like winding up a small toy.
I like to use stretch bands for resistance training because it strengthens and enforces the correct muscle movements, and they are safe to use.
Try this shoulder rotation exercise: Place a band under your lead foot, then hold the other end of the band as if you were gripping your golf club.
Next, rotate your shoulders back and feel your abs and oblique muscles engaging as you move into the correct position.
Once you have completely rotated and loaded your back swing, the transition in your forward swing will be easier.
Stay tuned for my next article on the transition to the forward swing.
For further information or to schedule a lesson contact Tami Bealert, PGA Director of Instruction.