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Golf tip of the week: Passive hands create power and consistency

PHOTO PROVIDED Left shoulder to the ball and right shoulder through the ball, much like a wheel rotating around an axle.

Rolling the hands on the start of the backswing is one of the main mistakes that golfers make. When the hands rotate the club moves out of its natural plane, causing shanks and loss of distance.

Take the club back with the shoulders while allowing the club to remain in front of your chest.

A good swing thought to help accomplish a correct takeaway is to turn the left shoulder to the ball and the right shoulder through the ball on the downswing, while keeping the hands passive and relaxed.

Imagine the shoulders as a wheel turning around an axle. The arms are spokes and turn with the shoulders. This allows the club to remain in the center of the chest and pass through the impact zone as it was at address.

Creating an effortless and powerful shot. The shot that every golfer has felt some time or another. But just didn’t know what caused it.

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

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

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