Keeping the Elbow Close

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In this section, Shawn Clement makes an introduction and talks about keeping the elbows close to the body.

If you do not use your lower body in the backswing and you cannot finish the backswing with the arms, what happens is that the arms cannot go any further so they start to lift and inevitably that right arm starts to disconnect itself from the body and starts affecting other aspects of the swing like the grip

If a baseball pitcher is throwing he is not going to keep that elbows close to the body. The arms should be open and wide so that the elbow can lead. In throwing you can see that the elbow comes in and leads, the hip clears and the release is done by extending the throwing arm. Keeping the elbows close to the body would lead to a lot of problems in throwing and doing the golf swing.

The major cause of the elbows improper position during the backswing is the lack of turn in the backswing. When you get more turn in your backswing, the arms can stay wide in front of you and the elbow will be away from the body so in the backswing it has a chance to lead and therefore have that lag through the shot.

When you toss the arms wide you will feel at address that everything is solid also puts you in a very powerful position to pull the arms back and through the shot and to a beautiful extension in the follow through.

Use the body to toss the arms and give your arms to the centrifugal force that it experiences during the golf swing.


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