GOLF: The Most Efficient Way To Swing A Golf Club

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The Most Efficient Way To Swing A Golf Club

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The key to the most efficient way to swing the club is where your arms are – where they are in space from setup through backswing and downswing, and how close they are to each other.

When I take my normal set up position, my elbows are a certain distance apart. You’ll see the same thing when you watch pro golfers. Many of them use a smart ball to keep their elbows closer together.

There are so many swing faults that are a result of your elbows getting farther apart. Big picture, I want the distance between your elbows to stay about the same from setup through the takeaway, through the backswing, through the transition, through impact, and into your follow through.

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I was always taught, start with your arms in front of your chest. When you start your backswing, they should still be in front of your chest. Arms stay in front of your chest into the follow through. While that’s a bit over simplistic, it’s a good visual to have. I want my elbows to be close and my hands, arms, and club in front of my chest basically through the entire swing.

How do you know if you do or don’t do that and how can you practice? You can practice with something between your elbows. One product I use frequently is Martin Chuck’s Tour Striker Smart Ball There are also other products like The Impact Ball Golf Swing Trainer or even just a foam football will work.

I put the ball between my elbows just underneath my elbows. The goal for me would be to take my setup, feel like the ball is still there and my arms are in front of me. I'm going to take my takeaway position to my thigh feeling like my elbows are still close and my hands are in front of my chest. I work it into my takeaway and then I'm going to hinge up a little bit into about halfway back position and keep my elbows close.

Part number two is keeping those same feels through the downswing. I see so many swings that are decent at the top and then the elbows get farther apart coming down. This sets up all kinds of flaws. If you were to put a ball in and make half swings halfway back and halfway through, it will eliminate a lot of flaws.

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The other beautiful thing for a lot of you guys that want more rotation is you can build in more swing rotation as a result of good arm structure. If I have this Tour Striker ball in below my elbows and I keep it in and I go back and through, guess what I must turn to hit the ball? Turn!

Another piece that goes with this is swing plane. A lot of you guys have a takeaway where the club head gets too far inside, you get up to the top and you have issues. A smart ball can do a lot for that too.

You could use this as part of your daily warm up in the beginning of your range session. Throw this in for 20 balls. This isn’t going to hurt any of you and it probably helps 9 out of 10 of you a bunch and will clean up a lot of your swing flaws.


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Vortex says:

I recently started viewing your content and think it's great. Thank you. I'm taking lessons but learn more from your 10 minute videos then from the instructor. Just goes to show…not all golf instructors are the same. FWIW, the guy who tees off at the 5:45 mark needs your help! 🙂

thantun micl says:

Good demonstration Eric!!! Thanks one question that let the arm swing (swing) or let the club swing(swing)? which one is most efficient or both ? (I feel my arm too heavy a log the way and swing it ) then feel better and I duly notice my arm is swinging

José Luis Sallent Font says:

Great video, as all of yours. But it generates me a doubt: this drill teaches you to keep your arms in front of your body. Is this in conflict with rotating your body as fast as possible in the downswing (one of your fundamentals). It seems to me that the need of shallowing the club is very much related to having your arms behind your body. What I am missunderstanding?

Steve Upisleeve says:

Yet another great methodology instructional from this guy. Failing to maintain a fairly tight triangular set-up through impact is actually known as a 'disconnect' from your core (body / trunk) and invariably results in unrealized distance and inaccuracy. Major props, Eric.

saisnit smuckarn says:

Just look at the guy at the back then I lost it.

Ramsay Mery says:

Great Video. There are rubber bands also which do the same thing.

stonewallre7 says:

Eric great video. I have used this method with a Nerf Football and it does help a lot. I like how you explained the way this helps with other flaws in our swing. Keep these coming they are great. Could you do one like this on pitching and chipping? Thanks

Burtea Alexandru says:

really comprehensive, easy to fallow, to the point – thanks! been watching your videos for a couple of hours straight.

Kevin London says:

Eric, since I stmbl d o to your videos, I must say I have been hooked. You simplify the golf swing without simplifying the mechanics…and we all know the mechanics of the swing are not simple. Keep up the excellent work!

Dan Smith says:

I also have trouble externally rotating my trail arm, so the idea of keeping the elbows close together throughout the backswing addresses this nicely. And it helps me turn, along with a swing thought of keeping the trail arm straight until the shaft is at least parallel to the ground. Then I don't lift my arms too soon or get disconnected

alan carlyon says:

That was a fabulous tip and well documented Eric, I just happen to be having a backswing problem now and then and this video has just pointed out the small era I have been doing, I do try always to keep my elbows close to my body, but am obviously separating them at the top of my backswing! Many Thanks Eric for this tip!!!

roger king says:

Nice lesson. THANKS. Taking it to the BANK!

Viking Alle Wåhlin says:

Always struggled a bit on this one. A wide chest in combination with stiff rotator cuffs is a bad combo for this one 🙂

sjgraci says:

Bubba Watson's caddy Ted Scott introduced this to me this year during Masters Week in Augusta. Thought it was crazy at first but it works great and is a drill I revisit often. Gotta rotate, rotate, rotate…

krassassin14 says:

This video was eye-opening. I’m a try the smart ball right away!

Ali D says:

Great video Eric, would you say it’s impossible to over do the feeling of keeping the elbows close together?

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