Should I Extend My Arms Through Impact In My Golf Swing? (Video)
Should I Extend My Arms Through Impact In My Golf Swing? (Video)

Should I extend my arms through impact? Well the answer to this is, “Yes absolutely.” If you want to hit really consistently, if you want to get a good strike with accuracy and you want power. As you’re swinging through the ball your approaching impact, that’s a really good position to be in at impact, the shaft is leaning forward slightly on the left side with the hips rotated. And what’s crucial now is that we get the club head travelling down the target line. So, to keep the club head travelling through the ball and along the target line, you must be extending your arms to allow that to happen. And also, from this position with the right elbow tucked into the torso, if you extend your right arm through the shaft it really puts a lot of power into the shaft and a lot more club head speed through impact, so you’ll hit a much longer golf shot.

If you pulled your hands close to you, and we see the elbows pulling apart and buckling and into this sort of chicken wing position where the left elbow is high, you’ll be pulling the club head in off the target line, so that the shot now is more likely to go left or right depending on what you’ve done with the club face, the club head is being lifted up away from the ball so you could thin the shot. And also, you’re not extending that right arm, so the clubs head are not travelling as fast as it could, so you’re not going to hit the ball as far as you could. So to get a really good golf shot, you need to be extending your arms through the shot really stretching those arms out, allowing the club head to travel down the target line for good power, good accuracy and a great connection. Here’s a great drill, if you’ve got an impact ball or you could use a version of this, just a small ball or even a cushion at home, just pop that between your arms. And now this is going to get used to that, as you swing in, if you pulled your arms apart, you’re going to drop that ball, okay? So, this will really focus you on keeping the arms together and really swinging through the golf ball with the arms extended. And if then where you pull in, you’ll drop that golf ball – or the ball between your arms. So it’s a very, very good drill to help you learn how to extend. Just to start with, you could play some simple shots, and you can see your arms extend out and you don’t drop the golf ball. And then once you’ve got more experience with that you can make a bigger backswing, hold on to the ball, and swing through still holding on to that golf ball. It will really help you to extend your arms through impact, you should find that your golf shots improve dramatically.
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Should I extend my arms through impact? Well the answer to this is, “Yes absolutely.” If you want to hit really consistently, if you want to get a good strike with accuracy and you want power. As you’re swinging through the ball your approaching impact, that’s a really good position to be in at impact, the shaft is leaning forward slightly on the left side with the hips rotated. And what’s crucial now is that we get the club head travelling down the target line. So, to keep the club head travelling through the ball and along the target line, you must be extending your arms to allow that to happen. And also, from this position with the right elbow tucked into the torso, if you extend your right arm through the shaft it really puts a lot of power into the shaft and a lot more club head speed through impact, so you’ll hit a much longer golf shot.

If you pulled your hands close to you, and we see the elbows pulling apart and buckling and into this sort of chicken wing position where the left elbow is high, you’ll be pulling the club head in off the target line, so that the shot now is more likely to go left or right depending on what you’ve done with the club face, the club head is being lifted up away from the ball so you could thin the shot. And also, you’re not extending that right arm, so the clubs head are not travelling as fast as it could, so you’re not going to hit the ball as far as you could. So to get a really good golf shot, you need to be extending your arms through the shot really stretching those arms out, allowing the club head to travel down the target line for good power, good accuracy and a great connection. Here’s a great drill, if you’ve got an impact ball or you could use a version of this, just a small ball or even a cushion at home, just pop that between your arms. And now this is going to get used to that, as you swing in, if you pulled your arms apart, you’re going to drop that ball, okay? So, this will really focus you on keeping the arms together and really swinging through the golf ball with the arms extended. And if then where you pull in, you’ll drop that golf ball – or the ball between your arms. So it’s a very, very good drill to help you learn how to extend. Just to start with, you could play some simple shots, and you can see your arms extend out and you don’t drop the golf ball. And then once you’ve got more experience with that you can make a bigger backswing, hold on to the ball, and swing through still holding on to that golf ball. It will really help you to extend your arms through impact, you should find that your golf shots improve dramatically.