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Should my arms be relaxed during the golf swing? When you’re swinging a club, you need the body to be responsive. The golf swing is a very explosive and a very athletic movement. Now it’s very hard to achieve the correct positions and the correct movements if you have a tense body, a tense setup and a tense swing. You need to be relaxed and you need to be active. You need to feel like you’re going to be ready to hit the shot. Now to get a nice relaxed position with the arms when you’re actually getting set up, there are lots of ways you can do it.

If you are particularly tense so the ball remember to take a deep breath before you actually hit the shot in through the nose, out through the mouth to relax, but also focus on how the hands are gripping the club. What you’ll tend to find if you’re arms are quite tense, you can trace the tension back towards the grip. If you grip onto the club very tightly, the tension will spread upwards. It’s very hard to be tense in the arms and then loose in the actual hands. It always normally spreads up from the grip.

So if you have tense arms make sure that your grip pressure is nice and relaxed. An easy way to think about this is if on the scale of 1 to 10, 1 is the lightest you grip the club and 10 the tightest. You want to be holding the golf club on most shots about a 4 or a 5 at the maximum. That will allow the grip pressure to stay light the arms to stay relaxed but not so light that you actually let go of the club when you swing.

So when you’re over that ball have a bit of a test where you grip on as tight as you can and as light as you can and just try and find that happy medium ground in the middle. If you can do that, you’ll have enough kind of power and strength to hold onto the club but the arms will be relaxed and off to achieve a nice full flowing swing. So if you are struggling with a little bit of tension, try and make sure that grips nice and relaxed and you should see some more successful shots.