Most of my students play their best golf when they reduce their swing thoughts to one or two things. Sometimes it is a thought of nothing more than turning back and turning through. “Back and through” is one of the most effective swing thoughts you can have and the following exercise will allow you to experience the motion correctly. When making a turn, your shoulders should “tilt” downward on your backswing to maintain the proper spine angle that was created in your address position. This allows your left shoulder to work under your chin for a larger turn. Golfers who flatten out their shoulders on the backswing flatten their swing causing thin shots and directional problems. Also, they tend to lose sight of the ball because the left shoulder has “risen” in the backswing. An “over the top” move is then formed giving you a very steep downward swing at the ball creating deep divots and a left to right ball flight.
Rick Ellefson is the Head PGA Golf Professional at the Club at Pradera