The Basic Steps to Perfect Golf.

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Elbows held close together. (Changed -26/08/2014)


Before you read this section, look at this independent analysis of this fundamental action.


I cannot emphasis too strongly that if you wish to play very good golf, you must keep the elbows held as close together as it is physically possible throughout the complete golf swing movement -- even whilst the arms interact.


This action of holding the elbows close together achieves four objectives:-

(1) During the back swing movement it will assist in making a full back swing movement.

(2) During the down swing movement this action neutralises the muscles of the forearms and therefore assists in keeping the arms in a passive condition.

(3) The arms are forced to remain fully extended and therefore passive to the rotational movement of the shoulders.

(4) It maintains the triangular shape of the upper body unit at all times, even whilst the arms interact.

 

A very good practice method is to place a small towel under your left armpit ( if your are a right handed player) and hold the towel in place throughout the back swing, the down swing and the follow through movement by keeping the left upper arm held close to the torso.

You will find this action very difficult at first, but as you continue to practice the movement it slowly become easier to hold the towel in placed.

 


This is an action that feels very strange at first, especially if you do not normally keep the elbows held in this close together condition, but persevere with this action and you will see a dramatic change in the quality of your golf.

Simply watch the professional golfers to see how they keep the elbows close together throughout the complete golf swing movement, especially as the arms interact.

This is one aspect of the golf swing that most golfers fail to give any serious consideration, so remember, as soon as you draw the elbows together, it is absolutely vital that you maintain the arms in this condition throughout the complete golf swing movement.
( It is so easy to forget this very important basic principle as you perform the golf swing, so concentrate very hard at keeping the elbows held together to the completion of the golf swing movement.)


The other important point to make is that although the golfer may keep the elbows close together at all times, often they to lift the left shoulder as the club head strikes the ball or allow the left arm to bend as if to avoid the club head hitting the ground - instead of keeping the left arm fully extended so that the club head swings to the bottom of the swing arc thus taking a divot.

So keep the left arm fully extended and simply use the flexibility of the wrist joints as the club head swings into and through the contact area.

 

If you can teach yourself to hold the arms in this manner as you carry out the golf swing, you will see a dramatic improvement in your golfing skills.

** You must become obsessed with holding the elbows as close together as it is physically possible as you carry out the golf swing, but especially as the passive arms/club head swing to the bottom of the swing arc.

The tighter you can hold the elbows together, the straighter the ball will go, but remember, you must keep the elbows close together as the club head swings through the contact area.


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