Key Alignment Relationships to a Great Finish

A Five-Point Checklist for a Balanced Finish
In my previous video on Why the Finish Matters, I established that it’s the upward pulling of the butt-end of the club by the left shoulder that causes the clubshaft and clubface to square off at impact. So it’s imperative that the rotation of the left shoulder be sustained all the way through to the end of the finish. If the shoulder slows down or stops for any reason (like being told to keep your head down), the clubhead won’t square off and the shot will most likely be missed to the right. The best way to sustain the left shoulder rotation is to swing through to a well-architected and balanced finish. There is a very definite structure to a great finish, and in this video, I detail five key alignment features that great players display in a well-balanced finish.
The Two Upper Arms


  • The left upper arm must finish in its original relationship to the shoulder-line
  • Both upper arms must finish parallel to one another
The Left Elbow


  • Must finish equal to or above the height of the left shoulder
The Shaft


  • Balances neatly into the plane formed by the left upper-arm and forearm where the weight of the shaft is supported along the left upper-arm.
  • The portion of the shaft just beyond the grip should come to rest near the colic at the top of your head.
  • The left-upper arm, forearm, and clubshaft should form a rectangle with a slight downward slant to the ground.
The Hands

  • The right wrist must re-hinge at the finish, which allows the back of the left wrist to flatten and puts the left hand more “on-the-forearm” to help support the weight of the shaft.
The Right Foot

  • Should not be allowed to “flop” over beyond 90 degrees.
  • Strive to keep the heel from going much past 70* on longer shots and 45* on shorter shots.
  • The left shoulder should compress back towards the right heel and settle directly over the right heel.