Delo’s Divots: Adjust shoulders for better attack angle

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Your shoulder angle is very important in archery, or shooting a
rifle, and it is equally important in golf.
Tilt your shoulders back and you can shoot an arrow up into the air. Tilt your shoulders down and you will shoot the arrow into the ground.

Your shoulder angle is very important in archery, or shooting a rifle, and it is equally important in golf.

There are two types of golf shots: a tee shot with a driver and a fairway shot with an iron or fairway wood. In both cases, the angle of the shoulders helps dictate the trajectory of the ball.

First lets take the tee shot.

You want to angle your shoulders slightly upward – left shoulder higher than the right – so that you can sweep the ball of the tee on the upswing. By setting your shoulders that way to start, you have a better chance of keeping them that way at impact.

On the fairway shot, you want to strike the ball on the downward arc. In that case, let’s feel that the shoulders are level or even the left a little lower than the right. This will give your swing a better chance to strike the ball on the downward arc and, thus, put backspin on the ball and elevate it.

Don DeLorenzo is a PGA-certified instructor at Gilroy Golf Course. To schedule a lesson, call Gilroy GC at (408) 848-0490.

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