How and Why: Tuck Right Elbow in the Golf Swing

The test illuminates the moves critical to consistent, solid contact on every swing. Next, the hands and arms start to fall back down toward the ball. Sign Up for Newsletters Receive insider analysis, swing tips, equipment news, special offers and much more. Indeed, most amateur golfers apply their upper body strength in a very negative way. Matching the lean to your turn speed is key. Notifications

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It plays an important role, too. Let's look specifically at the right elbow for a right-handed golfer, same as the left elbow for a lefty. In order to place the club on plane, supply power and route the club on an inside-to-out path into the ball, the right elbow should be tucked against — or very close to — the golfer's right side during the backswing and downswing.

Achieving correct elbow positions requires proper rotation of both arms on the backswing, with the right arm folding naturally as the club goes higher. From there, the key is to pull the elbow down, tucking it against the body. The arm unfolds as the club approaches impact, keeping the clubhead inside the target line and unleashing a powerful blow as it straightens into and through the shot.

Jason Dufner , the PGA Championship winner, is one of golf's finest ballstrikers thanks to his textbook right elbow work. By all means, work on your shoulder turn, forearm rotation and hand action. Just remember, the right elbow plays a vital part in the golf swing, too. In some ways, assembling your golf swing is like bringing together an orchestra. In order for the music to sound great, an orchestra has to have all of the various instruments playing their own role.

In the same way, all of the different parts of your golf swing need to be playing their role properly. There are a number of moving parts in the swing, and each of them has a job to do. When each part of the swing holds up its end of the bargain, you will be able to hit quality golf shots. It only takes one bad instrument to ruin the performance of an orchestra, and it only takes one faulty element in your swing to lead to a poor shot. One of the key elements in your swing is the position of your right elbow for a right handed golfer.

When used correctly, your right elbow can help to lead the club down into the ball with tremendous power and accuracy. When used incorrectly, however, that same elbow can cause all sorts of trouble in the golf swing. In fact, if you are a player who has struggled with a slice, there is a good chance that your right elbow is to blame.

It is important that you understand exactly how to use your right elbow in the golf swing so you can guide the club directly to the back of the ball time and time again. If you take the time to watch some professional golf on TV, you will quickly notice one thing — the pros hit the ball tremendous distances, but it doesn't look like they are swinging very hard.

They are able to generate power efficiently, creating high swing speeds while staying under control and on balance. That is exactly the kind of power you should be looking for, and a tucked right elbow will help you reach the goal.

Efficient power comes from rotation in the golf swing, so keeping your right arm in tight to your body will help promote a faster turn — and more distance.

If your arms were to get out away from your body, you would be slowing down your ability to rotate toward the target in the downswing.

Even if you hit the ball solidly with your right elbow away from your body, you would never achieve the same power as if you had kept it tucked in tight. All of the instruction below is based on a right handed golfer.

If you play left handed, please reverse the directions as necessary. What is a Tucked Right Elbow? Making a good golf swing requires having a very clear picture of what you are trying to do with your body before you ever take the club away from the ball. There is no room for confusion or indecision in the swing — you need to have a plan, and then execute that plan over and over. Most amateur golfers don't really know what they are trying to accomplish with their swings, so they wind up just swinging hard and hoping for the best.

Using a tucked right elbow in your swing means that you are going to keep your right elbow down and close to your side throughout the swinging motion. This applies to both the backswing and downswing — although that elbow will begin to move away from your body as the club reaches impact and your arms straighten in front of you. Your right elbow should be consistently tucked throughout the backswing and downswing, because that arm position will help you trace the proper swing path with the club.

If you let the right elbow get away from your body early in the swing before trying to recover later on, it will be too late. The club will be out of position at that point, and your shot will likely be a poor one. To successfully keep your right elbow tucked to your side, you should begin folding your right arm almost as soon as the club starts to move away from the ball.

Many golfers believe that they are supposed to maintain 'extension' into the backswing by holding both arms straight for as long as possible. After a smooth transition, the downswing is created by the uncoiling of the body while the arms and club are swinging down toward impact.

One of the key movements in your downswing is created from the body uncoiling around the spine. The idea is to swing your arms and the club around your body, and not to swing your body with the club.

The hips will begin moving to the left. Both knees will start moving together. When both knees move correctly, the head will stay behind the golf ball, producing the proper weight shift. The right knee will start moving towards and below the left knee. Next, the hands and arms start to fall back down toward the ball. The right elbow should remain close to the right pocket as the club approaches the ball, while the left shoulder will go from a low position and move slightly higher down toward impact.

The right shoulder will move from a higher position and move lower toward impact. Maintain a firm and straight left arm. As the club approaches on a downward angle, the right heel will start to lift up. This is the proper weight shift of the weight transferring from the right side to the left side.

Many players initiate the downswing incorrectly with many different movements. Avoid flipping the wrists to start the downswing. This results in an early release and a huge loss of power and swing speed. The downswing is initiated with the hands and arms rather than the body.

The swing should be controlled with the left arm. An over-the-top swing starts with an overpowering move with the dominant ride side including the right hand and arm. The right hand and arm start the swing down toward the ball.