The Upper Body.
It is absolutely vital that the elbows
are held as close together throughout the complete golf swing in
order to maintain the upper body unit as a very compact unit right
through to the very end of th golf swing.
During the back swing movement the rotational movement
of the compact upper body unit lifts the arms to the end of the
back swing movement therefore it is vital that the elbows remain
held as close together as is physically possible.
As you perform the down swing, the elbows must remain held as close
together as is physically possible in order to maintain the upper
body unit as a very compact unit but importantly the upper body
unit now become totally passive to the movement of the hips.
I cannot stress too strongly how important this action is to
keep the elbows held as close together as is physically possible
thus holding the shoulders and arms together as very compact unit
at all times.
It is absolutely vital that the shoulders and the arms move
a one piece unit, as you perform the back swing, the down swing
and the follow through movements whilst totally passive to the movement
of the hips.
It will feel very strange at first to perform the complete golf
swing back swing whilst the elbows are held close together thus
forcing the upper body unit to be held in this very compact condition,
but persevere and you will reap the benefits.
If you take your normal address position but without a golf
club in your hands, hold the elbows very close together in order
to keep the upper body unit firmly together and simply rotate the
compact upper body unit into a short back swing movement, pause
for a millisecond and then use the rotational movement of the hips
to force the compact upper body unit to rotate back to the original
address position and continue to rotate the hips until the compact
upper body unit has rotated well past the original address position.
(Because you do not have the weight of the golf club in your hands
you will notice it is easy to keep the compact upper body unit totally
passive to the movement of the hips throughout the down swing and
the follow through, therefore you have to teach yourself to keep
the upper body unit in this passive condition whilst performing
the full golf swing movement.)
With this exercise the arms and the shoulders have moved as
a one piece unit until well after the hands have gone past the original
This is exactly the feeling you must
develop when you perform a full golf swing, this is why practice
swings are important.
It is not easy to keep the upper body unit in a totally passive
and a compact condition when performing a full golf swing, but with
practice it is achievable.
I have made a video
which shows two exercises.
These two exercises will train you to perform the correct rotational
movement of the compact upper body unit, but is vital that these
exercises are practiced whilst keeping the lower part of the body
in a static condition during the back swing movement.
( The way to increase the rotational movement of the upper body
unit during the back swing movement whilst the lower part of the
body totally resists the upper body movement, is to learn to twist
the upper torso. )
You will notice from this video that it is possible to twist
the torso to quite a high degree as you perform the back swing movement
before the hips are forced to follow the movement of the upper body
Therefore because this action creates a situation where the
muscles of the upper torso are stretched to their maximum, if
you can perform this action during the golf swing movement it will
inject additional muscle torsion into the golf swing movement.
(When performing the down swing movement and the follow through
movement the hips must remain in total control at all times thus
using the movement of the hips to force the very compact upper body
unit to follow the movement of the hips.)
The first exercise shown in the video is performed by holding a
golf club with the butt end held into your stomach whilst the arms
are stretch as far as possible down the shaft.
Therefore whilst holding the golf club in this manner, simply use
your back muscles to rotate the compact upper body back and forth
as far as possible both ways, whilst continuing to grip the club
very firmly and also maintaining the triangular shape of the upper
This action simulates the correct way the upper body should
held together as it rotates back and forth but especially as the
club head swing through the contact area.
Transfer the feeling that you acquire when you perform this practice
movement to the real golf swing - you will be amazed at the results.
(I had it on good authority that some of the top pros practice
this movement for hours on end to ensure that the action of holding
the upper body and the arms as a one piece unit right through the
contact area remains embedded into the conscious mind.)
The second swing exercise is basically a baseball swing, this
teaches you to use the movement of the hips to initiate and control
the upper body unit during the down swing/follow through movement.
Both are good exercises to carry out before you attempt to perform
a full golf swing.
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