GOLF Top 100 Teacher: This is how your right arm should feel at the top of your backswing

By Luke Kerr-Dineen   /   By Martin Chuck
June 2, 2019
right arm backswing

Good arm structure—most critically at the top—has been a hallmark of many wonderful golf swings.

Sloppy arms can lead to all kinds of problems. Among these is the flying right elbow (hello, slice) and the torso-hugging right elbow (goodbye, power). In fact, the right — otherwise known as trailing — elbow is responsible for most backswing arm woes.

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But don’t worry, I’ve got a drill for you that’s as easy as a Sunday drive.

Hold your arms in front of you as if you were (properly) driving a car—for those of you who skipped driver’s ed., that means hands at 10 and 2! In other words, the wheel is a clock; put your left hand on 10, now the trick, reach into the middle of the wheel and grab 2 o’clock, palm up. This funky’ opposing hold on the wheel gives your right arm the primo feeling for the top of your swing!

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