Backswing: Arm Movement

Thanks for previewing this video. Please upgrade your account to Pro to finish watching and get unlimited access over 1,000+ training videos. Click here to see all of the other perks you'll receive as a GolfLink Pro!
OK
Backswing: Arm Movement
Category: Backswing
Sub-Category: Arms, Swing Mechanics, Swing Plane

Video Transcript

Video Golf Tip | Backswing: Arm Movement

Most golfers learn the best visually, by copying the best player at the club or the course where you first start playing or watching the pros on television. Unfortunately there are a lot of illusions when we first start to look at the golf swing. The thing that I think causes the most problems with peoples’ swing plane and arm position in the golf swing is the illusion that the arms swing sideways on the backswing. When a golfer sees someone play they think that guy is swinging his arms sideways. But golfers are not really swinging their arms sideways in the backswing, what they are actually doing is swinging their arms up. It’s the pivot of their bodies that is taking the club sideways. Here is the correct arm action. The club comes up in front of your body and the club shaft hinges in line with your left arm. The right arm bends to an angle of about 90 degrees and the wrists set. That is what the arms do in the backswing, even though it does not look like it. But if you watch this, I lift my arms in front of my body, and then I add my pivot, you will see that I am in the perfect position at the top of the backswing. Now if you look at it from the side. I am going to lift my club up in line with my left arm, right arm bent to a 90 degree angle, then I add my pivot around my set up angle, and you can see that I am in the correct position at the top. It can be quite confusing when you see that. So why does the club not appear to go outside on the backswing. Well it does with a couple of Tour Players; Lee Travino and Freddy Couples. They take the club up on the outside and then turn, and that is what gets the club in a good position at the top. But from most people it is the timing of your turn taking your arms back before the arms start to lift that gives the impression that the club is swinging correctly back on the right plane. So it is very important to understand that the arms swing up and down as your body turns around your set up angles. That is the complexity of the golf swing, and that is the most common illusions that causes backswing and swing plane faults.

About the Instructor
Steven  Bann
Steven  Bann
385 Centre Dandenong Road
Heatherton
Victoria Australia 3202
Tel: 61 3 9558 3688

Steven Bann is director of the Pure Golf Academy in Australia and instructor to PGA Tour Pros Stuart Appleby, Robert Allenby, and K.J. Choi.


ACTIVITY FEED

Ken C. joined GolfLink
Lane J. joined GolfLink

Robert S.  Scored 84 at  Amsterdam Municipal Amsterdam, New York

Hideyuki F.  just went PRO!

G C.  just went PRO!

View Activity Feed

Video of the Day
Teaching Juniors the Swing Motion Watch Video>>

Pitching and Chipping Pitching and chipping is just a smaller version of the full swing. Maintain your triangle you create a set up and allow for some body movement
Slice Cause: Steep Swing Taking practice swings holding the club at waist lever, allowing yourself to feel the rotation of your shoulders, arms and the clubface
One-Plane Backswing Make sure to keep your right elbow behind your body during the backswing so that the left arm can continue to cross your chest and stay on the same plane as your shoulders.