A New Golf Shoulder Turn Drill

The Wall Drill: Build a Great Golf Shoulder Turn

Who wants easy power? Who wants more accuracy and better ball striking? Well…we all do. This month’s drill is designed to get you in a great back swing position so that you can develop consistent ball contact. That alone will help you it farther and straighter.

All you need for this drill is a wall of your house or office. You don’t need a club for this drill. You are going to get a great feeling for how to turn your chest and shoulders on your back swing to be in the most powerful position you can.


The Golf Shoulder Turn Drill 

Step One - Setup

For this drill you need a free wall space and enough room to make your backswing without a golf club.

Set up for the drill by putting your right hand on your hip (left hand for lefties). Stand close enough to the wall so that your elbow just touches it. This will give you the right amount of space you need to do the drill.

Step Two - Golf Stance

  • Take your golf stance. 
  • Do not mimic your grip. 
  • Leave your palms pressed against each other.
  • Notice the great triangle formed by your arms and shoulders.

Step Three - Golf Shoulder Turn

  • Make your back swing and place your palms flat on the wall. 
  • The key to this step is that you want your hands to be even with each other on the wall. You can see in the picture that my hands are shoulder height and right beside each other. 
  • With your hands in this position you can see how your chest turns and faces the wall. 
  • There are a couple of huge benefits… with your chest turned you are creating easy power because your chest has to unwind in order to make your downswing. This will increase your club head speed without you even thinking about it. 
  • Secondly, you will make a better weight transfer during your back swing. You only want to shift your weight from the waist up. You will get a great feel for this by working with this drill. 
  • Don’t worry about your arms being bent or this drill. This drill focuses on your shoulder turn. When you make your actual swing with a club, you will want to try and keep your left arm straight.
  • However, you can move yourself away from the wall a little if you would like to do the drill with a straight left arm. A word of caution is not start to far from the wall. You don't want to be reaching for the wall. Reaching will cause you to change your spine angle and that would be terrible move to practice.

Step Four - Mimic Your Grip

  • Now...if you are working to get your swing on plane, and staying connected, then make sure you do this step. Without moving your right hand, make your grip. If you are left handed don’t move your left hand. This will keep your right elbow close to your body, and help you practice keeping the club on line. This will lead to better contact and more accurate shot making.

Step Five - Poor Shoulder Turn Example

Here is a comparison picture. This picture shows what happens when we don’t turn our shoulders and chest properly. As you can see my hands are now split on the wall. My shoulders are not turned properly and this will make my back swing very steep.

If you practice this drill for 10 to 15 minutes a day, you can make a big impact on your ball striking.

Good luck with your practicing and playing. May you ‘Play Your Golf Dreams’ sooner with the help of free-golf-lessons.com.


I received a question and comment through the Qs & As section of my website pertaining to this lesson. Please click below to see the comment and a deeper explanation of the drill and how it relates to the weight shift in the backswing.

July 24, 2011 - Shoulder Turn - Weight Shift - A.J. - USA

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