It’s early November and still 70* out so let’s keep improving! First I’d like to thank you personally for signing up for my newsletter and sending in great ideas and topics you’d like discussed. Every week I get over 200 new subscribers and we’re over 10,000 total now so I’d like to say thank you from the bottom of my heart. Some of you I’ve met in person, a lot of you I hear from by email so thank you all and please let me know if there are any topics that you would like me to cover in future newsletters.
Now on to the good stuff!
If you’re a serious golfer and you want to improve, one of the first things you need to look at is how your trail arm (or right arm for a right handed golfer) is moving in the golf swing. The trail arm is one of the most important, but least talked about elements in the golf swing and unfortunately, when it is talked about, there is usually a lot of bad information. From keeping the right arm pinned to the body in the backswing to pull straight down with the arms in transition, a lot of people are misinformed with the role of the trail arm.
Most high handicap players I see that have a bad takeaway can quickly and easily fix this flaw with just an understanding of how the arms should work.
As my old boss Hank Haney used to say all the time, “We’re making golf swing here, not starting lawn mowers!” (you’ll understand this quote when you watch the video) 95% of golfers use their dominant arm as their trail arm (Phil Mickelson is actually one that is right handed but plays as a “lefty” so his dominant arm is his lead arm) and knowing and properly using the trail arm will help you pick up a lot of distance and hit the ball much more effectively.
In the video below, you’ll see, in detail, the role of the trail arm and how it should be moving in the golf swing and I can promise that most of you will be completely shocked but what should actually happen!