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Golf tip of the week: Elevate the left shoulder to initiate the downswing

Look at a golf magazine and compare the left shoulder position at setup and at impact.

The left shoulder should be higher at impact than it was at the address position, allowing the left shoulder to initiate the downswing forces the left hip to move out of the way automatically.

The shoulders are the primary sights on the body and determine the direction the ball will travel. The body should return to the address position in motion at impact, with the left shoulder higher and the hips more open, creating a free swing.

The shoulders move around the spine as a wheel moves around an axle.

There are two choices in which to move the wheel: Force the right shoulder downward or move the left shoulder upward. The latter works best.

For most golfers pushing the right shoulder downward will create a fat shot.

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

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

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