The right elbow in golf swing is crucial to the success of the swing. If you do not have it right, the shot will be off target. When watching a bad take away, it almost invariably comes from a failure to connect from the right side. Either the front trail arm turns early or the club rolls behind the body, or sometimes it goes in a circular sawing motion (much like starting a snow blower) behind the person’s body and puts them in an unprofessional and very weak position. It is difficult to imagine how this can be good golfing technique.
Most golfers tend to look at their hands and wonder what they are supposed to do. They assume that they just have to place the right position on their golf club for the ball to go where they want it to. This is one common mistake among amateur golfers. You should practice the right position for the golf swing and then make adjustments based on your experience. Very few amateur golfers have the right position for their hands on the golf swing.
There are two factors that cause most golfers to fail in their shots. The first factor is the front foot. Most golfers place their feet too far in front of the ball. They turn their shoulders and hips so fast that the back knee goes way down and creates a natural roll in the lower body. The result is that they end up with the right elbow in the wrong position to make the downswing.
The second problem is the left shoulder. Most golfers swing with their shoulders rolled to the right as they accelerate through the ball. The result is that their right elbow stays in the wrong position making it impossible for them to generate the power they need to hit the ball squarely. The solution is to transfer some of the weight onto the left side. You will notice a dramatic improvement in your golf game from this position.
Let’s talk about the proper positions for your left and right elbows in the backswing. In the backing you need to have both hands working together and not moving separately. This makes it easier to get the ball in play along the proper path. In order to achieve this position, you will want to rotate your shoulders 90 degrees to the right. The result is that your right elbow now points out in front of the body instead of being in between.
Your left arm will also start out in the proper position as well. Your left shoulder will be rotated ninety degrees to the right as the swing begins and your hands should be moving out to the right side but still in contact with the ball. The result from this is that your left elbow will now point out and be in line with the front of the body. Your right elbow will now point out a bit further and be in line with the right side of your face. These are the three basic swing positions that you will need to be in when performing the backswing in golf.
The final thing we’ll cover here is the finish position which is what happens at the end of the swing when you make the shot. It is common for many golfers to try and move their arms after they have hit the ball but this is one of the worst things you can do. Instead, simply swing the entire body into the swing. You will notice that the weight has been evenly distributed so you won’t have any problems with your swing or your follow through.
The simple way to achieve all of these results is to begin your backswing by using the left side of your body to transfer your weight onto the right side of your face. Once your hips are in motion, turn your torso around and bring your right elbow straight out towards the ball. This will help to reduce the amount of swaying that you will experience during your swing and will help to create some consistent wrist and shoulder movement. This will also help you to get more power from your swing and to add a lot more rotation to your golf swing. All of these tips should be used to make your downswing and your transition to the follow through go smoothly and effortlessly.