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Swing Killers:
“Armed” And Dangerous
This year in Flagstick Magazine we’re focusing on what I believe to be
the biggest and most common flaws in the golf swing. While every
golfer is an individual with his or her own swing DNA, twenty years on
the lesson tee working with thousands of average players has taught
me that there are common weaknesses with many players. I call these
common flaws “swing killers” because they are so common and so
destructive to ball striking.
This month we’re taking a look at just what your back arm (the right arm for a right handed player) should do during
the back swing. In my opinion, a lot of golfers are really confused about this part of the swing. Way too many
players I see on the lesson tee struggle with their arm swing. Golfers who slice the ball understand that their slice
is caused from an outside to inside downswing path so they mistakenly try to keep their back arm too close to their
body during their backswing. That’s a really big mistake for three reasons.
First, if you glue your back arm to your side you’ll shrink the size of your arc so you’ll actually hit the ball shorter
than you could even if you hit quality golf shots.
Kevin Haime
CPGA Class “A” Professional
Second, folding your back arm against your side too much can really hurt your rhythm and the flow of your
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swing. It is called a “golf swing” after all. If you try to control or manipulate your arms too much, you’ll inhibit
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your ability to swing the club with tension free speed and you’ll really hurt your timing.
2000 CPGA National
Teacher Of The Year
Lastly, keeping your arms really close to you during your back swing can actually force them out away from you
on the down swing. In other words, by keeping your arms too close to you or “inside” on the way back, the only
way you can get back to the ball is by swinging “outside” away from you on the way down to the ball which
leads to the slice you’re trying to avoid.
68 FGM
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