Golf Pro Jason Dufner: Tucked Right Elbow Video
One of the best stats that you could follow on the PGA tour this year would be the guy who is leading the combined ball-striking stats. Now the combined ball-striking stats actually look at distance accuracy off the tee and the greens in regulation. The guy that’s leading that stat at the moment is Jason Dufner. So if you are going to copy anyone’s golf swing, maybe the guy, who is leading that stat, would be the right guy to copy. Dufner has got two major moves in his golf swing, a lot of people would notice and the first one would be the pre-shot wag or the pre-shot routine of flicking the club back and that’s not a bad way of staying loose, but the move I want to talk to you about, is actually the position of his right arm and his right elbow during the down swing.
Now, Dufner was a big studier and pupil of Ben Hogan. Ben Hogan’s five fundamentals of golf was Dufner’s bible really, growing up and learning the game, he was reading that book a lot and studying those moves. And Hogan similar to Dufner has this very flat left arm in the back swing. The left arm is quite laid across the body, the right elbow sits quite low and actually during the downswing, the right elbow really tucks in, almost so there is no gap at all between the bicep and the chest, pulling the club down on an inside line into the golf ball and drawing the golf ball from that inside approaching position.
Now it’s quite a good move for you to concentrate on for yourself, particularly if you have an over the top golf swing. Generally over the top golf swing, might be deemed as a golf swing that causes a slicing shot in this position and you can see my right elbow is very disconnected away from my body, throwing the golf club and then cutting across the golf ball.
If I can keep my right arm and elbow down a little bit better, then hopefully that will help you come inside the ball. So good exercise and a good drill to help you with this would be to take a head cover or a small towel and just pop it underneath your, underneath your bicep and trap it against your chest and then just start making a few practice swings there, with the head cover tucked nice and tight under there, just turning back and pulling in and you’ll feel that if you take the club to the top and your left arm goes up too much and your right arm comes up with it too high, that separation in there would make the head cover fall out onto the floor.
So just making some swings with the head cover under your armpit, keeping it nice and trapped here, pulling down from the inside line with the elbow connected and then when you released into the follow-through, this when the head cover should fall out, so it should fall out into the follow-through movement. So if I tried that again for you, this is just a practice swing, no need to hit a golf ball initially, you can start hitting some gentle shots soon, but just start off with a practice swing, keeping the head cover trapped, pulling the right elbow in and then extending into the follow-through and allow the head cover to full out onto the floor in front of you and that would be Jason Dufner’s tucked-in right elbow and I think he copied that one from Ben Hogan.