Elbows held close
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
(1) During the back swing movement it will assist in forcing
the shoulders to make a full rotation.
(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
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
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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