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# Can Someone Please Define what Shoulder Bend is?

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Hi everybody, earlier today I was looking back over my old GolfTec lesson videos and I noticed where one of the measurements was shoulder bend.  Now, this was awhile ago and I'm sure I asked what shoulder bend was to my coach but I have since forgot!  I also noticed where shoulder bend could be defined as forward or back so many degrees?  So if anybody knows how to define shoulder bend and what it means to be back or forward it would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks!

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Hi everybody, earlier today I was looking back over my old GolfTec lesson videos and I noticed where one of the measurements was shoulder bend.  Now, this was awhile ago and I'm sure I asked what shoulder bend was to my coach but I have since forgot!  I also noticed where shoulder bend could be defined as forward or back so many degrees?  So if anybody knows how to define shoulder bend and what it means to be back or forward it would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks!

What were your numbers?  Shoulder turn should be in degrees and could be anywhere from 45 to 110.  It defines how much shoulder rotation you have from set up to the top of the backswing.

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What were your numbers?  Shoulder turn should be in degrees and could be anywhere from 45 to 110.  It defines how much shoulder rotation you have from set up to the top of the backswing.

That would probably be called shoulder turn, though, right? Not "shoulder bend"?

If I had to guess it would be how far your shoulders are from horizontal when viewed down the line.

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That would probably be called shoulder turn, though, right? Not "shoulder bend"?

If I had to guess it would be how far your shoulders are from horizontal when viewed down the line.

Thanks Eric, that makes sense.

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I did GolfTec a while back. I thought shoulder bend was the angle from horizontal that an imaginary spear would be if it pierced you from back to front at your midpoint between shoulders. Hopefully imaginary. http://www.gflashcards.com/collections/28732-golf-tec-swing-parameters/cards At impact it's down. At finish it's up. I can't vouch for those flash card numbers but I'll bet they're close to current guidelines.
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I did GolfTec a while back. I thought shoulder bend was the angle from horizontal that an imaginary spear would be if it pierced you from back to front at your midpoint between shoulders. Hopefully imaginary. http://www.gflashcards.com/collections/28732-golf-tec-swing-parameters/cards At impact it's down. At finish it's up. I can't vouch for those flash card numbers but I'll bet they're close to current guidelines.

I just looked at that list of parameters, does golfTEC advocate shoulders open 5* at address or am I misreading it? Is that something they advise for all players or is it specific to your swing/lesson? Curious because I think that would be a disaster with my swing, I suspect pull-fades would be the best I could do and as a former slicer, I know I don't wanna be doing that. Although, I guess that's better than pull-hooks. :-P Never heard of shoulder bend.

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GolfTec advocates a range of values, and while I'll trust the guy who posted those, I will say that there was likely a fairly wide tolerance, with the 5 open being the average, and they didn't try to push you to hit the center of the range. They claimed to have measured averages of tour players to get all those. They would give you "green" on a measurement if you were within a tolerance of that. "Yellow" and "red" for being further out of their ranges. I dont recall exactly but you'd likely have been in the green for address, EJ. Their instruction was ok to me, but I lost interest at the time. It was very angles-based, which I thought I enjoyed at the time. That chart was the holy grail- hit those positions and you'd have a good swing. Kinda mechanical. Looking back now, the methodology of 5 simple keys works better for me than hitting exact angles at each of the positions in a swing. I'd rather know key elements to a swing than what angles to position your body. Edit: yes shoulder bend confused me too. Not sure I have it right!!
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