The Importance of Elbows in a Golf Swing!

by Max on Sunday, February 13th, 2011

Today, while hitting about 300 balls at the range, I began to realize that my elbows were a large part of the golf swing.

For some reason I can’t explain, I started hitting the ball really great when I felt like my elbows were in sync.

Well after tinkering a bit, I came to an answer, the elbows play a big part in your golf swing. Even Ben Hogan was once quoted saying that he used his elbows as part of his swing thought. (By the way, that swing thought was imagining a dot on both elbows and making it point up at the sky on both backswing and followthrough, you can read about that in the book, The Man Behind Mystique, perhaps the best book with a ton of still photographs of Hogan. I used to read it like everyday when I was in high school.)

What do the elbows do?

Actually they don’t do much, it’s not what you do with them but how elbows act in relation to rest of your golf swing.

In layman’s terms, you want to keep the elbows the focus of your golf swing. When your elbows are in sync, you move your body in sync. When your elbows are in sync, you can turn through the golf ball without any manipulation in your hands.

So how to do this?

After a bit of practice, I found that the “length” between your elbows must be constant throughout your golf swing.

Try it next time you are on the range, try to keep the length between your elbows constant. And feel like there’s a string attached between your elbows and keep them taut the same.

After you get the feel for your elbows being in sync, you don’t want to think about it. What I do is at address, make sure to feel the elbows together and parallel to my target. Once I get that feeling at address, my body instinctively try to keep my elbows in sync throughout my swing.

This motion of keeping elbows in sync has done some wonders for my golf game, especially my driver because it makes you swing in the correct swing path.

Well, another great day for my golf game. I will be heading over to South Korea a bit next week (not for golf) but will be back soon!

P.S. A great way to really understand what’s going on here is to actually open up your latest cover of Golf Digest and see some still photographs of a PGA golf pro and watch their elbows, you will see what I mean.


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