Golf tip of the week: No. 1 mistake most golfers make

PHOTO PROVIDED Allow the club to orbit the body like you are swinging on a ring.

The number one mistake golfers make on the backswing is to move the club with the hands and not the shoulders.

If the hands take the club back without the shoulders, the club will take the inside route and end up behind the golfer on a laid-off position, breaking through the natural swing plane, like a broken spoke on a bicycle.

The shoulders control the proper swing plane axis. They work as a hub on a wheel. The shoulders go around the spine, as a wheel goes around an axle.

Keep the hands in front of the chest and allow the core to do the work.

Don’t forget to enjoy this great game called golf.

Rick Musselman, golf author and professional, owns Musselman’s Golf in Williamsport.