Shoulder Position at Set Up

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Shoulder Position at Set Up
Category: Address/Set-Up
Sub-Category: Hands, Posture, Alignment, Grip

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Video Golf Tip | Shoulder Position at Set Up
By Ed Ibarguen

We are here to talk about a lot of different things in your set up that might make a difference in helping you be a little more consistent. We have a string down on the ground to establish the target line and what I want to do is talk about alignment. Alignment of the body has to do with the feet and we talked about measuring it across your heels so that your heels are parallel to that target line or the plane line. Your knees are parallel, your hips are parallel and this is where the confusion comes in. People often say your shoulders need to be parallel to that line, but keep in mind that when we grip a golf club we do not grip it like we are praying. If we did then we could have the shoulders nice and square to this line. But what happens in reality with the biomechanics of your body, when this right hand goes below your left two things happen to your shoulders. Number one is, they swing slightly to the left and there is a slight secondary tilt in your upper spine as your right shoulder goes lower, that is because the right hand or your rearward hand is lower. That is really a square set up. Clubface, feet, knees, hips, shoulders slightly open. What I see for people is that they end up getting their shoulders square, see how you actually had to swing them and then the tendency is to swing that club too far inside and it generally will come out over it. One more time, remember, square shoulders are shoulders that are slightly open, tilted with the right shoulder a little bit lower. Try that with your set up.

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