Half shots require less shoulder turn
The back muscles work as a spring, the more you turn the left shoulder on the backswing the more energy is stored (right shoulder for the left-hand golfer). For example; if you hit your seven iron 150 yards; it will require half as much shoulder turn to hit the same club 75 yards.
There is not a golf shot in golf that requires just hands. The upper body must take the club back and continue to rotate after impact. If the upper body stops moving the hands will be over active and create a scooping motion. If the shot is 50 yards or less it is best to not allow the left arm go beyond parallel to the ground (right arm for the left-hand golfer).
Don’t forget to enjoy this great game called golf.
Rick Musselman, a golf author and professional, teaches year round, in his golf simulator at his custom club shop in Williamsport.