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How do you stop dropping a shoulder when you swing? It seems to happen more with my fairway woods? Thanks
--Gary W. from Deer River, MN

Hi Gary. Thanks for writing MyGolfInstructor.com.

There really is no such thing as dropping your shoulder. In other words, your shoulder can't move away from your body or further from your spine or swing center than it already is. What can happen is a loss of posture where the person dips into the downswing (with their chest getting closer to the ground) or a reverse weight shift where the person falls back onto their rear foot as they come into the ball. The latter is what most people are doing when they feel that they are dropping their rear shoulder.

To correct this you need to focus on moving forward onto your front foot sooner through impact. Try finishing with your chest leaning outside your front foot for a while as opposed to leaning back (a reverse C finish). Don't make the mistake of keeping your head back too long. It needs to come forward.

You may also try hitting balls off of your front foot only with your back foot up on the tip of your toe (no weight on it). If you find yourself falling back you've identified your swing flaw and need to practice this drill until you can stay balanced on your front foot and not fall back.

Hope that helps!

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