We have previously discussed each of the 3 separate circular movements that need to be practiced and perfected in order to produce consistently good golf swings. Once you are comfortable with these individual movements and concepts it is time to combine them. We will start by combining the wrist and shoulder circular movements, followed by the shoulder and spinal circular movements.
Combining the wrist and shoulder circular movements
Here we will perform the wrist hinge from side to side but will include the arms and shoulders as well. Hold the Smart Club out in front of you parallel to the ground. Keep your arms fixed and use your wrists, arms and shoulders to take the club backwards and forwards while focusing on the rotation of the shoulders and the wrist hinge at the same time.
Focus on the wrists overlapping after passing through the center zone and thus the forearms touching each other. This is vital to ensure you are hinging your wrists correctly and releasing the club properly for maximum power. Remember to focus on getting your left shoulder under your chin on the backswing and your right shoulder under your chin when following through
Combining the shoulder and spinal circular movements
In the above images you can see a very simple drill where you will bend your arms and hold the Smart Club behind the back of your neck. You will then turn the shoulders just like if you were swinging and while doing this focus on your spine angle and maintaining it as much as possible. Just like the similar drill with just your arms, a common mistake here is dropping the left shoulder too much towards the ground so that the left arm points straight down. We want to avoid this and instead train the muscle memory to rotate the spine on the same axis without dipping down. Think of it as a sideways circular rotation as opposed to an up and down dipping movement.
The idea here is just to get the feeling of rotating your spine backwards and forwards while maintaining the angle, and at the same time working on that big shoulder turn which is so important to gain maximum power in your swing.
Remember to focus on getting your left shoulder under your chin on the backswing and your right shoulder under your chin when following through, while at the same time keeping your head and the top of your spine fixed and rotating around this fixed point. The reason we hold the Smart Club behind the neck is to avoid thinking about the wrists and hand movements at all. This allows us to focus on just the shoulders and spinal circular movements. Once we are comfortable with this movement we will move on to combining all 3 circular movements.