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Hi Maria,
Yesterday when I played and I took as big a shoulder turn as I could I hit the ground so hard that I could not get to a good finish position. And I hit very chunky shots. What is causing this?
Phil
--Phil F. from Battle Ground, WA

Hi Phil.

Too much shoulder and or hip turn on the backswing is actually more detrimental than not enough. When you over turn you get the club stuck way too far behind your body. If forces a severely inside/out swing path in relation to your target line which is why your club bottoms out before impact and you hit chunks.

Try to keep your shoulder turn at 90 degrees and make sure your arms and your club stay in front of your chest where they started on both the backswing and downswing.

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