Control your elbow bend in the downswing and follow-through for power and consistency
Nick Clearwater, Senior Director of Teaching Quality at GolfTEC, knows GolfTEC’s SwingTRU Motion Study as well as anybody.
Most recently, Clearwater was featured on Golf Channel’s Morning Drive to talk about the study’s findings, one of which is proper arm and elbow bend throughout the golf swing.
Simply explained, the less skilled the golfer (on the left in the image above), the farther apart, and more bent, the elbows are in the downswing and follow-through. This move, commonly known as the dreaded chicken wing, leads to thin and fat mishits.
A great golfer, like PGA Tour professional Shane Bertsch (on the right), however, keeps their arms and elbows straighter throughout this part of the swing, leading to a consistent contact and powerful ball flight.
As featured on Golf Channel’s School of Golf: The Elbow Bend Drill
As part of our exclusive instructional series on Golf Channel, Clearwater compares a high-handicap golfer with PGA Tour pro Shane Bertsch. Notice how straight Bertsch’s arms are compared to the amateur, especially at impact and throughout the finish.
This proper impact position allows Bertsch to rarely mishit a golf ball, and generate massive amounts of power while staying balanced.
So, give the Elbow Bend Drill a shot to improve your elbow bends in the downswing and follow-through. Because, as you successfully extend your arms more throughout the entire swing, the effectiveness of your ballstriking can see an immediate and drastic improvement.