Have you ever watched guys on the PGA Tour like Rory Mclroy or Dustin Johnson make a huge shoulder turn and then crush a 350 yard drive? Don’t you wish you could get that kind of power?
Luckily, most players have a lot more in the tank than they realize. With a couple of key movements we can all have a huge golf swing shoulder turn and hit this years longest shots!
I’ll show you how.
What's Covered: How to protact and retract the shoulders to get a massive turn.
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Instructors Featured: Clay Ballard Michael Derr
Video Duration: 2:45
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Clay Ballard: Hi guys, and welcome back. I’m Clay Ballard, this is Michael Derr with Top Speed Golf, and today we’re going to talk a little bit more about moving the shoulders, and how we’re going to do this to get a good full turn.
So we want to use the shoulders together, both of them are going to be working in unison so that we get that 90° or even a little bit more turn as we’re going to the top.
Really, really crucial for power. So Michael’s going to explain to us what exactly protraction and retraction are, and the muscles that we’re going to use in our body as we’re doing this.
Michael Derr: Retraction and protraction is going to simply deal with the shoulder blades, so I’ll demonstrate here on Clay.
Retraction is simply when the shoulder blade is going to be moving in towards the spine, and you can see -- Clay turn to the side -- whenever Clay is retracting the shoulder blade and the shoulder blade is moving towards the spine, his arm actually moves back in towards the body.
Now conversely protraction is the exact opposite. So that would be when the arm is moving away from the body, due to the shoulder blade moving away from the spine.
Clay: Now when we’re talking about this, it’s really key to make sure that we understand we’re not talking about turning the actual torso here, we’re talking about the shoulders moving kind of independently of the torso.
The torso will be turning, it’ll be turning a lot, but on top of that, you’re actually going to have the shoulder itself moving even more.
So there’s going to be protraction and retraction working together. So why don’t you go ahead and demonstrate Michael, that way it’s kind of tough to talk when you’re doing that.
Michael: Yeah, I was going to say.
Clay: Your stomach gets tight, yeah, your obliques should really be engaged.
So let me go ahead and stand on this side. As Michael swings to the top his left shoulder is really going to feel like it’s turning under his body. That’s going to be the protraction side.
Go ahead and go back to the start here again. As he goes to the top his right shoulder is going to feel like it’s retracting behind his body.
So you may feel like you’re really opening up like this right side is almost pointing back toward the sky, or your right shoulder, the inside of the right shoulder is almost pointing back to the sky when you do this correctly.
Now one last key thing here to really focus on, is as you do that, show them what happens if we start to get a reverse pivot, when we start to lean back towards the target and our spine starts to go this way a little bit.
Michael: OK, so when we turn that’s when we kind of get way to the outside and we’re trying to get a big turn, and then we get this tilt.
Clay: Spine starts leaning this way, so we know that’s one of the stable, fluid spine. We always want our spine tilted away from the target. That’s one thing I just want you guys to be aware of.
If you’re going to be working on this, even though you’re opening up with this right side, I want to feel like my entire body, my upper body, is going to be tilting away from the target and not leaning back toward the target when I’m doing this correctly.
So I recommend you guys do about 100 repetitions of this in your living room, don’t worry about hitting any balls with it first.
Focus in on those two key movements, you should feel it in the back of your right shoulder, and more in the front of your left shoulder as those are working together.
Get that good full turn, once you’ve done that, do a good 100 repetitions, then you can go to the range, start recreating that with some full swings and hitting some balls, and you guys will be hitting it a lot farther.