How to Make a Proper Shoulder Turn for a Golf Swing

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Proper shoulder turn is a crucial element of a solid, powerful golf swing, according to The shoulder turn in a golf swing is designed to position your body behind the ball to give you the maximum amount of power in your swing. Proper shoulder turn also helps maintain your balance. Ideally, your shoulders should remain even and not drop during the swing. There are several drills that can help create the proper shoulder turn for your golf swing.

Place a golf club across your chest and criss-cross your arms to hold it in place. Stand in your normal golf stance and place a club on the ground that is parallel to the inside of your back foot. Move your body as you would in your backswing, and when the club on your chest is directly above the one on the ground, you have achieved the proper shoulder turn. Hold the position for a moment to remember the feeling. Repeat as many times as you need to feel comfortable with the turn.

Stand beside a wall in your house, with your hand on your hip and your elbow just touching the wall. Use your right arm if you're a right-handed golfer and left if you're left-handed. Assume your regular golf stance, but instead of your normal grip, place your palms against each other. Move into your backswing and once you are turned, place your palms against the wall. They should be even with one another. For right-handed golfers, leave your right hand where it is and make your golf grip as if you are in your backswing. This will help you keep your club on line, according to

Stand in your regular golf stance, with a club in your hand. Lunge straight out in the direction your body is facing with your front leg. Your knee should not go over your toes. From that position, twist into your torso, arms and shoulders into your backswing. Place the head of the club on the ground with your hands on top for support. Hold the stretch for as long as is comfortable.

Stand with a wide stance. Your knees should be bent slightly and your spine should be straight. If you are a right-handed golfer, replace your right shoulder with your left shoulder as your turn into your backswing. The key is to keep your spine angle the same throughout the drill. Move back and forth like a turnstile until you are comfortable with the feeling of turning your shoulders.


Avoid rushing your swing and keep your chin up off your chest. This allows your lead shoulder to fully rotate and pass under your chin during your backswing.


Before swinging your club, perform a short, dynamic warm-up to loosen your muscles, which can increase your range of motion and prevent injury.