Learn how to keep your left arm straight in golf

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Ben Hogan says:

I haven’t taught this drill in a while, needs some refining!
Time to post a new video – what would you like to learn? Leave a comment

Steve Manning says:

Best tip I ever saw. After doing this technique I now hit my driver
straight every time. I use to always hit my driver to the right. Thx

SOS89140 says:

Dude is a muscular little fellow.

William ruttle says:

Check out this video
on YouTube:

Douglas Barrow says:

Thanks for the tip. I am one of those “bring the club back low and slow”
golfers. My swing needs work.

Roy Martin says:

nice :)

giovanicanzona says:

the only point in the swing the left arm needs to be straight is at impact.
left arm bias in the back swing can restrict the right shoulder from
turning fully. In fact a good drill is to start back with right hand
straight (need to level out both shoulders to do so) when you feel the
shoulder turn is complete extend the hands and arms. you will get height
and extension and lag. all good for club speed and overall balance. 

Tony Jones says:

This is an awesome way of teaching hinge. I have been giving some lessons
for about 15 years and the instruction has changed tremendously. I think it
would provide another good view down the line. Thanks for the great tip!

ds1868 says:

Great video, thanks for this!

john pellegrini says:

it actually really works

Kevin Rochelle says:

I am not sure that early wrist set is good for the majority – its hard
enough for high handicappers to hold wrist set even for a fraction of that
length. Usually left arm breaking down is two things – #1 Swing is too
long #2 left forearm and/or grip turned too far left at address (weak).
Watch Ernie Els to see what I am talking about – he said in an interview a
key was pointing left elbow at target to “pre-set” the arm then just turn
shoulders and forget arms/hands and just focus on balance.
But anything beats the breakdown, even a 1/2 swing to waist height.
Usually to get people to swing drastically shorter (like most of them need
to) you have to drastically slow down their takeaway so that the time to
the top is the same…

Jofishgolf says:

y dont u teach them to fold their right arm going back

Ben Hogan Golf Lessons says:

dont need to overdo this drill. Having a moderate amount of hinge while
feeling your hands stay low during the first half of the backswing should
help over-hinging the wrists too early

Sunny Park says:

thank you !!!!

hineighbor says:

Ugh this is so hard for me to do. It feels very unnatural. Maybe it’s
because I played baseball and I’m used to swinging a bat. The technique is
similar yet very different. It’s like I’m so close, yet so far away ;(

rice53 says:

SAME! golf products are hard to find in left hand! it sucks!!!

Meindert Jan Boekel says:

Wouldn’t you say it’s more a function of the left shoulder traveling too
horizontally in the backswing, Therefore the player will have to add some
kind of lifting to get the club going up. Basically a steeper shoulder turn
from the start would do the trick as well I’d say

Ben Hogan Golf Lessons says:

I’ll give you an A for creativity, but I cant say this was ever spoken or
mentioned in any way by Mr. Hogan. It’s funny how you brought up applying
“pressure with the first three fingers” as a fault because its not. Mr.
Hogan DID frequently mention how he applied upwards pressure with these
fingers for a number of reasons.

Mox_au says:

this doesn’t seem like great advice considering the number one problem
amateurs have is take the club away with the hands and pulling it way inside

rw5791 says:

that’s what what I was thinking.In fact,that first take-away he did looked
pretty good,like nicklaus. Most people bend their arms because their lazy
and they want to generate their power with their arms instead of coiling
the body and generating power from the hip turn.

Ben Hogan Golf Lessons says:

Good point Brian, more turn does help many golfers and keeping your left
arm “perfectly straight” is not a must. But be careful about over rotating
your lower body during the backswing as it can lead you towards major swing
issues (as could an exaggerated early wrist hinge). Its just not that easy
to give swing tips to the masses!

Ben Hogan Golf Lessons says:

excellent drill. I start each warm up session by hitting 15 balls with just
the left hand followed by 15 balls with just the right hand.

Maulanna Maryunani says:

i doubt of a reply of this comment but here goes, hope anyone will reply.
i’ve always been taught that my left hand should hinge after half of the
backswing, not immediately. this drill will make me hinge immediately,
right? will that be detrimental?

alissa tischner says:

Guys, this is just a drill. Not a swing method. I encourage it for all my

alex vwenz says:

to me… any early hand movement is bad. but i see pros do this so it must
be a good tip.

DASH1ful says:

You are right. But I did not say that applying pressure with the first
three fingers is a fault. The thing that Ben Hogan did not tell people was
that the pressure in his first three fingers came from applying pressure in
the joint of his left wrist. In M F he tells us to make a downward rotation
with the left wrist in the waggle, as you would if you actively applied
pressure with the first three fingers; but he actually kept his left wrist
wedged in when he waggled.

isharevideos says:

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Mike Jenkins says:

Making this video totally irrelevant then?…best way to learn the
swing?…go out and play, make all the mistakes, and you’ll learn how to
play by watching low handicappers.

Peter D says:

At waist-height in the backswing, how much should the wrists be hinged? I’m
thinking that this might change according to club length and the type of

breeeze26 says:

Thnx!…this helped greatly!!…exactly what i was doing wrong!

Simon Jenvey says:

So I’m pretty sure I have this problem, I will give this a try, but I used
to at address start the backswing with a small hinge in the wrist like this
drill, most people I know say don’t do this, they drag the club back but
not to over do it like you do in the video.

geansai333 says:

I think this video is poor. I would think creating a steeper downswing is a
bad idea for most amateurs. avoiding contact with that club on the ground
can be got around in many ways, and i don’t see how this encourages a
straight left arm , at all.

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