Keep your elbow tucked in for better golf swing
published : 15 Nov 2020 at 04:00
newspaper section: Sports
writer: Brett Brasier
If ever there was a secret movement that's required for any good golf swing it's the wondrous magic inch or two as you start the downswing.
Most of us "hit from the top" in an effort for more distance as it seems like the more powerful move but it wrecks the correct movement you require on the downswing and then subsequently through the ball.
The problem with this move is that it immediately starts uncocking your wrists and inadvertently throws your arms away from your body.
The result is an over the top, outside-in swing, with most of the power spent long before you get to strike the ball.
Try keeping your right elbow tucked into your right side as you start down, as you'll then automatically swing on the correct path, and you'll maintain most of your wrist cock until the last minute, thus allowing the clubhead to swing at its maximum speed.
Take your time on the downswing. Swing hard, but let it progress.
Your first move should be a little drop motion as your right elbow pulls down into your right side.
Now you are in "the slot," get ready to release the hands hard at impact and feel the resulting power.
If you've never hit a shot from anywhere near this position before, you're in for a treat.
Meanwhile, Mr Pars scooped up another cheque of US$29,750 for his even-par 38th place finish in the Houston Open last week.
His prize money for this year so far is over $2.5 million for never playing under par in any tournament.
Out of Bounds: Golf teaches that no matter how good you are, there is always someone better and that person will usually find you and tell you.