Hi. Its been chilly, but sunny in south Florida, so we’ve been busy on the lesson tee. The last few days, I’ve been giving golf lessons to quite a few women and have been watching women on our driving range. There is a pattern. Women, in general, flex or bend their elbows too much in their golf swings. This can make ball contact very erratic..fat, thin, thin, thin, fat, etc.. Most women, one time or another, have been told to keep their arms straight when swinging a golf club. So, why then, do so many women bend or flex their arms while swinging the club? I think there are two substantial reasons. #1 is grip pressure and tension levels in the arms. Loosey goosey doesn’t work. Its counter intuitive, increase your grip pressure and tension in your arms (make sure arms stiff like boards) and #2 is your elbows. Too often your arms and elbows are too far apart in your address position and keep pulling apart throughout your swing. You’ll notice when you increase the tension in your grip and arms, your arms get straighter. Now look at your elbows. Squeeze them together, this will make your arms closer together. Now that your elbows are squeezed together and your arms are straight, try not to relax your arms and keep feeling like you are squeezing your elbows together throughout your swing. Your arms will stay closer together and straighter. Give it a try and see what you think!
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