By Katherine Roberts Adding more shoulder turn for power, distance

dissociation — becomes more challenging as we age. If we cannot create enough separation from the shoulders to the hips, more of the body turns in one piece, which negatively impacts the ability to generate power and distance.


or many golfers, the ability to turn the shoulders away from the hips — or more precisely, to create shoulder to hip

Jim McLean often referred to the

X-factor as the optimal position, meaning a 45-degree hip turn to a 90-degree shoulder turn, but this is often not attainable by the average golfer. In this series of Yoga For Golfers’

poses, we will focus on the torso, thoracic spine and rotation of the shoulders. (Stay tuned, because in the next issue we’ll focus solely on

creating more hip turn.) Practice the following poses every day to help create more mobility in the torso and a more efficient backswing. n

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< Dynamic Alligator: Lie on your left side. Place the legs at a 90-degree angle to the body and stack the hips, knees and ankles. Support your head and neck with a towel. Extend the arms forward at shoulder height, palms together. Maintain lower body position as you inhale deeply and roll the upper body open, bringing the right arm and shoulder as close to the floor as possible. Exhale and return to the start position. Repeat 10 times, then switch sides.

> Revolving side angle: Again, place the left knee on the floor with the right leg at a 90-degree angle. Place the left elbow outside of the right knee. Place the palms together and press the left arm into the right knee,

lifting out of the left shoulder. Twist from the core to encourage the shoulders to turn away from the hips. To add intensity, curl the left toes under, lift the knee and straighten the left leg. Hold for 5-10 breaths and switch sides.

< Lunge with rotation: Place the left knee on the floor with the right leg at a 90-degree angle. Hold a club at chest height with the arms extended. On an exhale, rotate the torso to the right. Inhale and return to the start position. Repeat 10 times and switch sides.

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