Control the Front Arm for a Consistent Golf Swing

The golf swing is moving so fast, there is no time to “fix” something during the swing. My method looks to remove or control the “pitfalls” that ruin the swing. One pitfall is the front arm.

The front arm acts as an extension of the golf club. That front arm and shaft better be working as one line at impact or we’re in trouble. Let’s see how we get into trouble.

The front arm can lift up, down, out, in and roll. It can bend at the elbow. It can bend at the wrist (in many directions). And the worst pitfall, it can take over and move the club on its own. Wow, no wonder we have problems.

The good news, all of these pitfalls can be controlled! We just have to activate certain muscles in the front arm, to take back control and maintain the shape we need, for a consistent golf swing.

My method starts with the elbows close together and pointing back at the hips. I do this because it keeps the arms “in check” and working with the body rotation. In check means, they are connected or in-tune with the body’s motion. The body controls the arms.

Now, one muscle or “attached” feeling that can help all this work, is to have the upper inside of the front arm, slightly connected to your side. Setting up with the elbows close together usually creates this, but if you have trouble with that, just feeling like the upper inside of the front arm is attached or connected to your side, can help too. This only works if you’ve got that elbow pointing back at the front hip. If the front elbow points out towards the target, it can chicken wing or bend and will disconnect.

Some golf instructors like to use a head cover placed in the front arm pit and held, to feel this connection. You can experiment with this too.

The Big Key for all this to work, is the body must keep rotating and accelerating all the way to the finish. This “upper arm” idea is just a way to control the front arm from taking over or the arms in general from taking over through impact. Give it a try.