Straight Arm Golf Training Aids

By Steve Silverman

One of the tenets of golf is to keep your left arm (for right-handers) straight. Your left side acts as a fulcrum for your swing and in order to gain the most leverage as you come through the ball, you want to keep your left arm straight. Some golfers can do that with just a few practice swings. But others find it difficult not to bend that elbow or wrist and use aides to help them on the course or on the practice tee.

Tic-Tac Arm Aid

One of the biggest problems a golfer faces when trying to keep his arm straight is on the takeaway or downswing. Those are the most important times to keep your arm straight, but the golfer fails to remember and his elbow ends up looking like the letter "L." The arm aid is a tight rubber sleeve that you wear from mid-biceps to mid-forearm and it makes it nearly impossible to bend your elbow. You can wear this aid on the practice tee and on the course.
(2009 price: $44.95)

Plane E-Z

One of the biggest problems a high-handicapper or new golfer faces is a flying right elbow on takeaway and a bent right elbow. The Plane E-Z is a looped piece of rubber that goes over both elbows at the same time and keeps them from bending. This is rather uncomfortable to wear, but it trains both arms to remain straight. This device is worn on the practice tee, but not the course.
(2009 price: $44.95)

Tic-Tac Wrist Aid

While keeping the left elbow straight is imperative, a golfer often forgets to keep his wrist locked during the swing. But as your right hand snaps through the ball to gain maximum distance, your left wrist must break at that moment. The Tic-Tac wrist aid wraps around your arm about two inches above your wrist and attaches to your golf glove. It keeps your wrist straight as you come through the ball but it gives you the freedom to snap your wrist on your follow through.
(2009 price: $29.95)

About The Author

Steve Silverman is an award-winning writer, covering sports since 1980. Silverman authored The Minnesota Vikings: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly and Who's Better, Who's Best in Football -- The Top 60 Players of All-Time, among others, and placed in the Pro Football Writers of America awards three times. Silverman holds a Master of Science in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism.

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