Causes and Cures: Arms-Only Golf Swing Video
One of the most frustrated breed of golf as I come across in my day-to-day teaching. The big guys, the strong guys, the guys that play a lot of sport, but they can't had the golf ball very far. They're really frustrated breed of golfer. They stand here on the driving range with their driver. Use $300 golf ball trying to knock the ball 300 yards and all they can do it just whack it 150 every time, and there's a little 14 year old kid next to them over there who's just beautiful and smooth and fluid with his swing and he's knocking out that 250 every time, and the big guy gets more tense. He gets more angry. He gets more shouty because every other sport he's able to play well, but playing golf he's struggling to get the distance.
And is often because they're using their arms to hit the golf ball and they're not using the rest of the body, so we tend to describe it as a right armsie golf arm the golf swing. The golfer stander here lifts his arm and whacks it, and that's an action that might work in another sport, but simply just doesn’t cut in golf. The 14 year old in the bay next to him turning his body nicely, turning through full balanced finish, delivering much more club at speed, much more power, much more distance to the shots. So if you feel that you're a very armsie player and you're not hitting the ball as far as you would like consider how your body and your setup is actually affecting this.
One of the causes of an armsie golf it would be poor posture. You're setting up to the golf and you've got your head pushed in, and your chest pulled around this is kind of the locked position where you can't really turn your body very well so it becomes just a hands and arms action. You set yourself in proper posture where you can rotate and your trunk better, you'll feel immediately how more flexibility to make that bigger term so it’s the straight fine angle when viewed in the mirror. It’s a slightly more stable leg flex rather than the hips took turned to and the chest and chin down. This is a poor position. This is a good position. From here, I can turn a lot more. From here, I'm very restricted.
Also through the golf ball, if you're not sequencing your balancing particularly well, you're not initiating your balancing from your hips and you're not following through on to your front side. Your golf swing could just look like the only movement from the top is just the hands and the arms coming down. The body is not getting involved. A good sequenced golf swing would be the hips moving first, turning to the left side all the body weight finishing on the front foot with the rear foot up into the air. That would involve the body much more and actually involve the hands much less.
One other area for you to consider, but actually it would just do overall body flexibility if you find it difficult to rotate your upper body and you feel that the only thing that you know I'm stuck here. Well, the only thing that can move then would be your arms. Also if you feel like you can't pull your front arm across your chest and pull it here because it gets tight around this area. Again that's going to be one of the reasons why your arms just involved is breaking action rather than this big turning action. So consider the subtleness and the flexibility that you have may bring quite right a few of those stretching exercises into your normal golf warm-up routine.
Then when you get to the golf course, make sure the body turns back. Make sure the body turns through from a good posture position and that should alleviate your armsie golf swing. That should encourage you to get more power and ultimately that will alleviate the frustration of that 14 year old hitting the ball a 100 yards further than you can.