4 Easy Ways to be a more Consistent Ballstriker: Step 1

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Step 1: Shorten Your Backswing WHY YOU SHOULD DO IT It's unlikely your right shoulder is flexible enough to make a full, Tour-type backswing with the shaft reaching parallel to the ground at the top. The Proof You Need Take the right-shoulder flexibility test. (Click here for video.) Stand at attention and raise your right arm directly out at your side and bend your elbow at a 90-degree angle. From this position, try to bend your right forearm back as far as you can without moving the rest of your arm. If your right forearm is in the fail zone pictured at left ... You have limited flexibility in your right shoulder. Stop your backswing when your hands reach this point. If your right forearm reaches the pass zone pictured at left ... Your right-shoulder flexibility is good. You can probably swing the club to parallel with no problem.
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IF YOU FAILED THE TEST ... Stop your backswing at its natural end point. This will give you extra control and power.
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DON'T FORCE IT! Bad things happen when you try to swing back farther than your right-shoulder flexibility will allow. 1. Club off plane 2. Loss of spine angle 3. Reverse-pivot weight shift 4. Open clubface
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How to make a perfect backswing every time: Keep your left arm in tight It's easy to talk about making a shorter backswing, but since you're looking at the ball and not behind you when you swing, it's difficult to know how much shorter you should swing the club. Here's how to know: As you take the club away, keep your left bicep in contact with the left side of your chest. Maintain this connection and your backswing will reach its natural end point without you having to think about it. Keeping your left arm tight against your chest prevents you from lifting or raising your arms, and allows your right shoulder to stop turning at the right moment in your swing. Don't worry about it! If you think you need a long backswing to hit the ball far, that's just not the case. You'll hit the ball farther more consistently if you make contact in the sweet spot, even with a slower or shorter swing. The left-arm trick makes it easy to swing your club on plane both back and through. Your contact will be better and you'll see the benefit in extra yards. Step 2: Make a Bigger Hip Turn