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You hear baseball commentators talk about a batter or pitcher
who

opened up too soon

. In both cases, opening up too soon is not a good thing. It
cuts down the power of the batting swing or the pitch.
You hear baseball commentators talk about a batter or pitcher who “opened up too soon”. In both cases, opening up too soon is not a good thing. It cuts down the power of the batting swing or the pitch.

The same is true for the golf swing. Many players open their upper body too soon which causes the swing path to come inside the ball thus hitting the ball off the toe or slicing the ball. Opening up can be simply stated as the left shoulder pulling open on the downswing, thus causing the entire chest and upper body to face the target too early.

In order to hit a ball solid and straight we must have our chest facing the ball at impact. This ensures that the left shoulder stays put during impact and does fly open. A good drill to feel this is to try and keep your back to the target longer on the downswing. This will help keep your upper body from opening up. If the points of your shoulders are facing the target at impact then you are doing it correctly.

Don DeLorenzo is a PGA-certified instructor at Gilroy Golf Course.

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