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Because I’m an analytical guy, and my interest and specialty is in golf swing biomechanics, I’ve personally broken down how the left arm should move in your golf swing for a right-handed golfer.
There are specific positions the left arm needs to hit to produce better consistency and maximum power, and I’ve covered them for you. From the takeaway, to halfway back, top of swing, halfway down, impact and through swing, you’ll soon know how you should be moving your left arm.
If you’re frustrated with a lack of solid ball striking. Mishits that go everywhere but in the fairway. And your distance is lower than you think it should be, you might want to watch this video.
I know that may sound like a “no s*#t statement, but do you really get your left arm down enough to strike the ball solid at impact?
I use to struggle with this all the time. I had read, studied video, and heard from instructors how the left arm stays connected to your upper chest.
The left arm actually has some space between the inside of it, and the upper left pec area. When I would tried to keep that connection tight, I could never get back down to the ball in a good position to compress the ball, and then swing left after impact.
Do NOT EVER think that left arm is straight (locked), nor is it tight against your chest!
The left arm has to move freely up in the backswing, and freely down coming into impact. That is plain and simple. You do not want it stuck against your chest when you’re coming into impact. No way!
If it does not travel up and down freely it will gut stuck and not be able to clear left after you hit the ball. It will stay in the swing way to long after impact. It is a feeling of being what I call jammed at impact.
Jammed is when your left arm has nowhere to go. It stays high and cannot get out of the way through impact. This will keep you from making solid contact on the ball. Sometimes you will hit it thin. Other times you will throw it early and hit it fat (chunk it).
One way I use to get the feel for my left arm is to really stop and look at the position of it, in regards to my left pec, and entire side of my body at address.
It felt and look way below my left pec, and definitely off it, with space in there.
That is exactly where you need to get it at impact. It has to come down a lot, and fast during your downswing. The left shoulder joint needs to feel lose throughout your entire golf swing. It cannot feel tight. If it does, it will not come down low enough to make a good strike on the ball.
I know this may sound too analytical, but being a golf swing biomechanic, it is how the left arm should move in your golf swing.
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If you play golf right-handed, you’ll want to know what your right elbow does in your golf swing, because if you get this wrong, you will have every mishit in the book.
If you’ve ever wondered what was the cause if your inconsistent golf shots, you might not have to look any farther than your right elbow.
There is a very natural motion happening, and if you manipulate it in any way, you take your swing off plane and make it very difficult to come back to impact in the correct position.
So the goal is to understand your right elbow movement in golf, and if you want to see a video that will help you understand this better, click on the image below.
I have worked very hard on correcting how my joints and body (biomechanics) move in the golf swing, and my goal is to save you the 12 years I spent figuring it out, and get you playing better golf fast.
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You’ve most likely heard the phrase “impact is everything”, but I’ll go one step further and say your release in your golf swing is everything.
I know for me personally I still struggle with an inconsistent release that results in mishits and sometimes a loss of distance. Sometime I “early release”, other times I have a perfect release and really compress the golf ball.
Learning the correct hand action through impact is crucial to better ball striking. If you are struggling with a lack of consistency and distance, you can most likely trace it back to your release.
The most common fault among high handicap golfers is the early release, which results in a flip at impact. When you flip (and I fight this a lot) you cannot compress the golf ball, and your contact can be anything from a thin, chunk, toe or even topped shot.
This is why it is so important to “educate your hands” in your golf swing. The correct feeling is very different than you think. It’s counter-intuitive to what makes sense in our minds.
When you finally learn the proper release, your golf ball will be jumping off the face of your club, and you’ll sit and watch as your ball goes piercing through the air towards the hole.
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A common occurrence on the golf course with most golfers over the age of 50 is poor golf posture. When they address the ball, they’ve got that big hump in their upper back.
That hump is a power-zapping issue!
If you’ve been wondering why you’re not hitting the ball as far as you use to, this could be it. I know for me, I catch myself hunching over in my swing, and when I do I make a conscious act to straighten back up.
To get the correct golf posture is easy once you know what to do. But if you ignore this, your hopes of hitting it longer are pretty much out the door!
I’d personally say your swing plane is among the most significant parts of a consistent golf swing, that goes long, and lands in the fairway.
Most high handicap golfers are off plane either in the backswing, or coming down. In either scenario, this is a killer to your swing, and results in many bad golf shots, as well as a massive loss of distance.
There are several methods that are being advocated right now. Many instructors refer to them as 1 plane, single plane, and 2 plane swings.
I don’t want you to become too unclear, so what I have in this article should make it quick and easy to understand.
Simple Stategies To Help Your Swing Plane
To accomplish the best golf swing plane, it’s important to first understand where your hands and club are when you start your swing, because you’ll want to get back to that position, or as close as you can at the moment of impact.
Every golfer is not the same, as some have long arms that hang lower, generating a lower angle to the shaft plane (like me), at your starting position, and other golfers who have short arms, which will give them an upright, vertical shaft plane at address.
It’s possible you have heard this before, but impact and address are very similar. They are not exact, yet if in your head you can get back to impact, from your beginning point, you are going to be striking your ball with power and authority.
Keep the hands and wrists out of it!
You discovered it here! Your hands make or break your golf swing. I know in my situation, I’ve experienced incorrect movements of my hands, which greatly impaired my swing plane, therefore it took hours of watching swing videos, and training to fix it. I haven’t quite got it yet, nonetheless the improvement has been to my liking so far.
When you start your golf takeaway, both hands should go in a straight line back, without the need of manipulation of your hands with the club. All of it starts back connected (hands, arms, club and shoulders). You’ve probably read about, the one-piece takeaway, and that is exactly what I’m referring to here.
Halfway Reference Point
When you’re half way back in your backswing, your left arm will likely be parallel to the ground, and also parallel to your target line. At this moment in your swing, you have cocked your wrists right up, and simply begun to fold your right arm (just a little).
At this moment, the grip end of your own golf club must be pointing directly at the target line. Should you have a lazer at the end of your own club (grip end), it’s going to point right at the line, about 2-3 feet right behind the ball, but right on the target line.
If you can hit that line consistently, you’re on your way to an exceptional golf swing.
All you have to do now is continue your shoulder turn, as you continue folding your right elbow to 90 degrees. Now your’re towards the top of your swing in fantastic placement to come down on plane. This is a beautiful thing!
Hunter Mahan Halfway Down On Plane
Here’s where I am certain for myself, I screwed this up everytime! When you’ve performed your backswing like stated above, all you need to do is mimic it coming down. Pull both your hands right down on the very same path that you did approaching the top of your swing.
Never manipulate your hands in the downswing, as that is going to instantaneously change your swing plane. My fault was coming down way steeper than when I went back. It’s a destroyer in your golf swing, and therefore I worked really hard to resolve it.
Another checkpoint is midway coming down (see picture to your left).Simillar to halfway back, the butt of your club must really be pointing at the target line, in essentially precisely the same spot as when you were going back.
Check out how Hunter’s shaft is perfectly parallel with the plane line. He’s going to get into impact exactly on the proper golf swing plane.
There are many other quite effective golf swing plane drills that I’ll cover in a future post, but my goal with this article has presented you a more appropriate perception of your golf swing plane.
Training To Achieve Proper Swing Plane
For numerous golfers it is difficult for them to acquire the ideal feel of the on-plane swing, which is when the use of a golf swing plane trainer is needed.
Having the ability to use this kind of trainer, and hit the golf ball, will provide you with immediate feedback. You’ll know after the first shot if you did it correctly or not, and be able to fix it right then and there.
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