Improve Your Golf Game: Keep Your Left Arm Relatively Straight

best golf swing tipsOne very effective way to improve your golf game is to keep a relatively straight left arm and swing your club until your left shoulder firmly touches your chin during your back swing.

Another very significant way to improve your golf game if left handed is to keep your right arm relatively straight and swing your club until your right shoulder firmly touches your chin at the completion of your back swing.

For simplicity reasons, I will address the significance of these golf swing tips from a right-hand perspective.

If you do not keep your left arm relatively straight during your golf swing you will may make a false turn and likely hit with your arms rather than with your arms and body. This is no way to hit your golf ball straight.

The loss of distance can be significant when executing a golf swing with only an arm swing in comparison to a combination of an arm and body swing can be substantial.

Keeping your left arm relatively straight during your golf swing will help prevent a false turn and improve your golf game significantly.

In order to maximize the distance with each of your clubs, you must swing your club during your back swing until your left shoulder firmly touches your chin.

If you do not swing your club until your left shoulder firmly touches your chin, you will not turn your hips enough to hit your golf ball as far as you otherwise should.

It therefore is the combination of keeping a relatively straight left arm and swinging your club until your left shoulder firmly touches your chin that will enable your hips to turn enough to build up sufficient torque during your back swing to maximize the distance of your golf shots.

This combination not only will enable you to hit your golf ball far but also will enable you to hit the golf ball straight.

Dustin Johnson suggests you should turn your left shoulder during your back swing until you can kiss the tip-end of your shoulder.

This is an excellent golf method as long as you keep a relatively straight arm in doing so.

It is a swing thought worth adopting

A relatively straight left arm in combination with a full shoulder turn will enable most golfers to kiss their left shoulder at the completion of their back swing.

Nevertheless, it is not difficult to get into a bad habit of collapsing your left arm during your back swing, without realizing it.

 A few summers ago I was having extreme pain in my left shoulder when completing a full back swing.

I began practicing with only a half-swing as a result, collapsing my left arm when attempting to execute a full swing to avoid the pain in my left shoulder.

Later in the summer after my shoulder pain subsided, I noticed I was not getting the distance with my clubs that I had been able to attain prior to my shoulder issue.

Finally I realized I was continuing to collapse my left arm instead of keeping it relatively straight when turning my left shoulder during my back swing.

Once I realized what was occurring, I began to concentrate on keeping my left arm relatively straight and swinging my club until my left shoulder firmly touched my chin on my backswing.

In no time I began hitting my ball as far as prior to my shoulder difficulty.

I also realized that keeping a relatively straight left arm and swinging your club during your backswing until your shoulder firmly touches your chin will definitely improve your golf game.

Copyright © 2012 by Gordon Jackson…all right reserved

Gordon Jackson is the founder of http://lockedingolf.com and the author of 12 golf instructional books, including How To Hit A Golf Ball As Straight-As-An-Arrow and Hit It Dead Straight.A perfect golf swing

 

                                        

 

       
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Gordon Jackson, founder of Locked-in Golf Inc., author of Straight Shooting Golf and 11 other books on golf instruction, and who has written more extensively about golf mechanics then anyone in the history of the sport.