Golf Tips Newsletter
Issue 537 - Wed. December 19th, 2018
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Tom's Featured Tip: The Value Of A Straight Forward Arm
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Tom's Featured Tip: The Value Of A Straight Forward Arm

For simplicity, all advice on actual swings or drills is provided from a right handed perspective.

First of all, I want to wish all of you a Blessed and Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

I won't be sending out another issue of the newsletter until January 2nd, enjoy the holidays!

The swing method that I use for myself (most of it anyway) has ten words that wrap it up:
  • Weight Forward
  • Shoulder Down
  • Hands In
  • Arms Straight
  • Tuck Hips
I'm not trying to turn everyone into disciples for exactly how I swing the club. I don't do that to my students and I wouldn't do that to my readers.

Every player has swing tendencies that are individually unique. I teach each of my students in accordance with how they can best improve their swing and their game. It's quite often different strokes for different folks.

Having said that, there are two words above that every player can benefit from - "Arms Straight". I also refer to this as "arms long" with my students, but it means the same thing.

It's obvious that you can't keep both arms completely straight throughout your backswing - and that makes these two words a little bit confusing. However, you can and should keep your lead arm firmly straight, and when you do you'll execute much better strikes.

That's because you will pick up a little more shoulder turn, and the clubface won't be moving around as much.

Most players get a little "shoulder turn lazy" as they approach the top of their backswing. They allow themselves to fall into the habit of allowing their rear arm to bend too much at the elbow, which then causes the front arm to buckle at the elbow.

It feels like a complete backswing, but it's an illusion. You've actually shut down your shoulder turn prematurely, and only have accomplished a narrow arm swing to the top. It even feels crowded.

Allowing your elbows to collapse like this is very inefficient, and will cause major issues in your transition and the rest of your downswing through impact.

Here's what you need to feel and remember: If your lead arm elbow is buckling at the top and your arms look crowded, you need to address the over-bending of the rear elbow on the backswing. It must not bend past 90 degrees. Along with the proper amount of bending of the rear elbow, ensure that your front arm is staying firmly long and straight through impact.

Firmly long and straight means not buckling or bending at the elbow, but not locked out in a hyper extended position either.

Try this: straighten your front arm, then over-straighten it by locking your elbow. Avoid the locked elbow (hyper extended) feeling when you swing the club with your straight front arm.

After you nail down this action, your swing circle will become very consistent and your ball striking will improve immensely.

Try keeping your front arm firmly straight when you play, I guarantee that you'll like it!


Love your practice, own your swing, own your health,


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All the best,

Tom Tucker
Teaching Pro, Plum Creek Driving Range & Practice Facility
WGTF ' "Top 100 Golf Teacher"
USGTF Class "A" Teaching Professional
IGPA Certified Golf Psychology Coach
Cell: (716) 474-3005

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