How to Keep the Right Elbow Tucked in the Golf Swing

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How to Keep the Right Elbow Tucked in the Golf Swing
The golf swing is very mechanical. (golf image by Christophe Fouquin from Fotolia.com)

The average golf swing is composed of four separate and unique parts: addressing the ball, the back swing, impact and follow-through. The average golfer is right handed and therefore must take the club back over his right side before reaching an apex and beginning the down swing toward impact. The follow-through should mirror the length of the back swing but over the left shoulder. The instructions of what your arms should be doing throughout the swing can be broken down very mechanically.

Skill level:
Easy

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Address the ball so that your left arm is straight with your right arm slightly bowed at the elbow. The length of the club and the type of shot you wish to hit will dictate your distance from the ball and its position in your stance.

    How to Keep the Right Elbow Tucked in the Golf Swing
    (the golf swing pose - one of a series of instructional illustrat image by Wingnut Designs from Fotolia.com)
  2. 2

    Repeat the motion in step two several times before attempting to hit a ball, until your arms feel comfortable making the movements.

    How to Keep the Right Elbow Tucked in the Golf Swing
    (the golf swing pose - one of a series of instructional illustrat image by Wingnut Designs from Fotolia.com)
  3. 3

    Focus on your right armpit while making the back swing. At no time should there be a gap between your torso and the top of your right bicep. Maintain a firmly clenched right armpit.

    How to Keep the Right Elbow Tucked in the Golf Swing
    (the golf swing pose - one of a series of instructional illustrat image by Wingnut Designs from Fotolia.com)
  4. 4

    Continue to make the motions in Steps 2 and 4 until they feel natural.

    How to Keep the Right Elbow Tucked in the Golf Swing
    (the golf swing pose - one of a series of instructional illustrat image by Wingnut Designs from Fotolia.com)
  5. 5

    Begin your down swing by pulling with your left arm and pushing with your right. Both wrists should be cocked at a 90 degree angle throughout the downswing and at impact.

    How to Keep the Right Elbow Tucked in the Golf Swing
    (the golf swing pose - one of a series of instructional illustrat image by Wingnut Designs from Fotolia.com)
  6. 6

    At impact, your left arm should be leading the club.

  7. 7

    After impact, your left arm should begin to bend while your right arm should now be straightened. It should ideally mirror the back swing in length.

Tips and warnings

  • Holding the angle at your wrists will increase force and distance in your golf swing. The easiest way to ensure your right arm bends and stays tucked in your back swing is to keep your left arm as straight as possible.
  • The golf swing can wreak havoc on your muscles and tendons. Every golfer should remember to stretch before swinging a club. The necessary movements for a golf swing may not be comfortable in the beginning and should be taken slowly to achieve over time.

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