As I’ve gotten older, I “hit” more with my shoulders to regain power. But I’ve sacrificed tempo and balance. Any drills to help me get back to “swinging” the club?

      — Richard, Avon

Great question. It’s a common problem plaguing many golfers.

The role of the shoulders in the downswing is almost non-existent. The major contributors are (in this order): hips, arms, and wrists. If they do anything, it comes after the hips initiate the downswing. The right shoulder tilts down toward the ball about 5 inches. This allows the arms to drop in close. That’s all they do! Just knowing that should help, and give you a better picture of how little the shoulders contribute.

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