4 Easy Ways to be a More Consistent Ballstriker: Step 4

1 of 5 Bob Atkins
Step 4: Release With Your Chest WHY YOU SHOULD DO IT Your left shoulder isn't flexible enough to release the club to the left like Tour players do. You'll have to make up for it by turning your chest more. THE PROOF YOU NEED Take the left-shoulder flexibility test. Stand at attention and raise your left arm directly out at your side and bend your elbow at a 90-degree angle. From this position, try to bend your left forearm back as far as you can without moving the rest of your arm. TEST: FAILED If your left forearm is in the fail zone pictured at left ... You have limited flexibility in your left shoulder. TEST: PASSED If your left forearm is in the pass zone pictured at left ... You have excellent flexibility in your left shoulder.
2 of 5 Bob Atkins
IF YOU FAILED THE TEST ... Make a body release — it's easier to do than trying to release with your hands.
3 of 5 Bob Atkins
IF YOU TRY TO DO THIS ... You can turn your hands over only if your left-shoulder flexibility is good. 1. Right shoulder under the left 2. Clubhead left of target 3. Right wrist pointing up, left wrist pointing down
4 of 5 Schecter Lee
How to square the face and hit it straight more consistently: Make a triangle with your arms Instead of trying to rotate your forearms and wrists to release the club, keep your hands facing each other and continue to rotate your upper body toward the target until well after impact. In fact, you should feel like you're hitting the ball with your chest and that your hands are just along for the ride. This will put you in a slightly different release position, but it's fundamentally correct. The secret is to keep your left shoulder above your right as you turn your upper body toward the target. If you do it correct, your hands will always be in front of your chest, and you should see a prominent triangle formed by your shoulders, arms and hands.
5 of 5 Bob Atkins
... YOU'LL END UP LIKE THIS Since your left shoulder won't allow your hands to release the club to the left of the target, your whole body will move left. You'll get an off-balance swing and a lot of pulls and pull slices. 1. Club off plane 2. Upper body out of balance 3. Right shoulder even with or above the left