Learn the 3 Parts of a Correct Backswing Arc

By Mike McGetrick

When playing golf it is all about repeatability, being able to make the same swing over and over. What is really important is when you start down from the top being able to deliver the club into the golf ball the same every time. To do that, you need to learn the three arcs of the backswing to put that club into the correct position.

3 Parts of the Correct Backswing Arc

  1. When I set up to the golf ball and I bend from my hips the first arc is my right shoulder turning back. It is just working back and away from the ball.
  2. If I have that arc correct when I swing back, then the second arc is my arms. They are swinging in the correct arc following my shoulder.
  3. If my arm swing is correct, the third arc is the arc of the golf club as it swings to the top.

Summary

So it really starts from setting up to the golf ball, bending from your hips and establishing the correct spine angle as number one. Number two is allowing the right shoulder to work back. Number three, allowing the arms to swing on the correct arc and the golf club to follow.

By getting those three arcs correct, I should be in a great position to start my forward-swing. Let me demonstrate. Good bend from the hips, my right shoulder is working back allowing everything to follow and hit a successful golf shot. Try that sometime.


Category: Backswing
Sub Categories: Arms, Posture, Shoulder Turn

About the Instructor

Mike McGetrick
Mike McGetrick
McGetrick Golf Academy
4900 Himalaya Road, Building Q
Denver, CO 80249
Tel: 303-799-0870