Golf Causes and Cures: Chicken Wing Slice – Tuck the Shirt Sleeve Video
On a day to day basis, I watch an awful lot of golf swings. In real life at full speed but then I also slow them down on some video analysis and video capture software that I have. And one of the biggest differences that I notice when I’m watching them in slow motion is how clearly I can see a fault developing in, in a golfer’s follow through here. At full speed, you often won’t see the fault here and certainly the golfer might not feel the fault here because it’s just after impact everything is going at a hundred miles an hour and you don’t really appreciate what mistakes were being made but as soon as we slow it down, we can see golfers getting into some awkward positions here what we class as a chicken wing position. The elbows pop apart either side, the elbows are nowhere near touching, the club is pulled in, it results in a massive lose of power, makes it very difficult to rotate and to close down the club head and can often cause problems with body weight transferring distance.
So if you got a few issues with this consider, is the ball too far back? If you’re too steep you hit into the ground your arms will naturally pop apart in the follow through. Consider the fact that if you don’t rotate your body through the impact area just your hands, you can’t really follow through unless you bend your left elbow up. So we want to see a nice turning of the body that can help the hands and arms stay nicely in front of the chest.
Also if you have a good release of the golf club where the right hand rolls over the left hand that will keep the forearms and the elbows closer together reducing the chicken wing. A good exercise that you might what to try and practice here would be to take an object. I’ve just got a glove here. I’m just going to place it underneath my left elbow, and as I practice drill now, little bit higher up maybe just underneath my bicep. As a practice drill now, I can keep my left fore, sorry my left bicep and tight against my chest here, and then through nice and tight against my chest here.
So I can’t make a full back swing but I can get a tight and tight and I get the feeling that of if I pull a chicken wing that’s going to drop out, in fact [Indiscernible] [0:02:18] to my shirt but that would have normally fallen after that position. So as I swing through go for the chicken wing, it falls away. To take that out of the golf course and play on the course it might be a nice feeling of just keeping the shirt sleeve toped tight against the chest. So I get it tight here and I come through and it’s tight here. It would only be in the very late bit of the follow through, where that arm would pull out to give me a nice wide finish. What we wouldn’t want to see is that arm pulling out early and give me a wide position there, forearms elbows together, to a nice big high finish. Work on those exercises and drills to reduce your chicken wings.