The right elbow should hinge up, not back. Maintain your arms’ position in front of your chest and also keep your right forearm on the plane of your swing .
Your right elbow should be consistently tucked throughout the backswing and downswing , because that arm position will help you trace the proper swing path with the club. If you let the right elbow get away from your body early in the swing before trying to recover later on, it will be too late.
Golfer’s elbow , also known as medial epicondylitis, is caused by damage to the muscles and tendons that control your wrist and fingers. The damage is typically related to excess or repeated stress — especially forceful wrist and finger motions.
“Anything that disturbs that flow is going to ruin your golf swing,” Hall said. Third, Hall said golfers must have their lead arm and hand in control of their swing. That’s the left arm for right -handed golfers and the right arm for lefties. By leading, you avoid hitting at the ball.
Your right arm is a major acceleration source at the start of the downswing , and the straighter you keep it on the way back, the more likely you’ll increase your shoulder turn (another power source).
Also, by straightening your right arm in the downswing before the right elbow reaches hip level, the maximum energy transferred from your torso and arm muscles to the club is lost on its way to the ball.
Your left arm is still guiding the club through contact, and the right arm is pushing the club through the ball. As you bring the club through the ball, the right arm has gone from pulling the club through the swing to pushing the club through impact. The left arm remains straight and is still used as a guide.
Here are 5 typical shots a flying right elbow will cause unless you make compensations in the downswing. Thinned shots due to a steep downswing and not taking enough grass before the golf ball. Shanked golf shots due to steep downswing and the hosel making contact with the golf ball first.
This is a term used to describe the trailing elbow leaving the trailing side on the backswing. The trailing elbow will fly away from the trailing side as the club reaches the top of the backswing, with the elbow pointing well behind the student.
Not only do we know that arms bend in multiple directions during the takeaway and downswing but they are even shorter at impact . As we always say…. You don’t arm wrestle with a straight right arm and at impact your right arm should feel exactly the same way, bent at almost 45 degrees.