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Where did my shot go?

April 7, 2021

Other than a setting sun, the golfer should always be able to follow their shot out. Look for the divot and then follow the ball with a head swivel.

An over-the-top motion (a swing path that’s hits the ball from the side you are not standing on) is primarily caused by no shoulder turn back and through. The shoulders don’t fully turn due to no hip turn. The arms should always follow the shoulder line. Though the arms are extended out and away from you, there has to be a turn back and through in order to swing with the golfer rather than into or against the golfer.

Tips for a centered pivot:

  1. The lead knee moves to the ball and the trail knee straightens to turn the hips back. Then the opposite move forward. Trail knee moves to the ball and lead knee straightens.
  2.  The lead shoulder moves towards the ball and the trail shoulder turns behind you. Again, the same move through on the forward turn. Trail shoulder moves to the ball and the lead shoulder away from the ball or behind you.
  3. Stay in posture so one shoulder is always moving to the ball and follows the ball.

I’ve posted a video of this to better grasp the concept.

Practice looking for the lower lead shoulder and then the lower trail shoulder. The turn keeps the arms with the golfer, adds pivot power and corrects impact path alignments.

Time to enjoy straighter longer shots. Go play!

Cathy Schmidt is an LPGA Class A instructor with 31 years of teaching experience. She is a former player on the Futures Tour and 2011 Symetra Tour as well as a past officer of the LPGA and lead instructor for the LPGA programs Behind the Ropes, LPGA USGA Girls Golf, and LPGA Golf 101 for women.  Cathy is the owner/operator of The Golf Boot Camp.