Who isn’t trying to get a more shoulder turn??? I know I am and so are a lot of other golfers. One of the challenges is turning without changing your shoulder plane or spine angle. It is also challenging for a lot of players to create stability in the lower body during the backswing.
Separation in the golf swing is defined as the difference in rotation between your shoulders and hips during the back swing and through swing. Limited ability to create separation can make it impossible to turn the shoulders without moving the hips. This difference creates “coiling” and is one of the sources of power in your swing. Great ball strikers are able to create large amounts of separation or coiling during their swings. I like my golfers to be able to turn at least 80 degrees. Players who are limited in creating separation usually have certain swing flaws like loss of hip position and a flat shoulder plane. To test yourself sit on a chair with your knees together, with your palms touching and your elbows straight turn to the right as far as you can. People have a tendency to cheat by leaning back, try to keep a little forward lean. The pay offs can be really good for your golf swing in allowing you to be able to maintain better posture and spine angle. Therefore this months exercise is designed to help you improve separation during your fitness program.
Why am I only turning 45 degrees? Unfortunately, it is not an easy question to answer…. The restriction is the result of muscular tightness in the pecs, lats, hip flexors and glutes as well as joint mobility restrictions involving the rib cage and thoracic spine. Sounds complicated and it is but the good news is you can improve these issues with some simple exercises.
Sit on a physioball and hold your arms out to the side so they are parallel with the ground. With your knees wide for balance turn your body to the right slowly as far as you can then turn fully to the left. Try to keep your arms out to the side and do not let them start to go in front of your body or drop during the exercise. Perform 15-30 turns each way, you should feel your stomach working to turn your body during the exercise. If it is easy keep your knees and feet together. If your workouts are more advanced use this as a warm up prior to your normal workout.