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How does the trail elbow lead the way to more distance in the golf swing? How does the right elbow work in the downswing and the backswing in order to create better ball striking and additional power?

This has been a popular question on my golf videos. Their are a number of right elbow downswing drills here on YouTube and I think this weeks golf tip is right up there as one of the most simplest and easiest to achieve a perfect impact position with the trail elbow flexed at impact.

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J S says:

Another clear and helpful lesson Danny. I find this exercise very difficult though as I am left handed playing right handed golf.

dudley1955sk says:

Always liked your vids and this one is a great one. keep up the good work Danny

Samuel McCormick says:

This makes loads of sense can’t wait to get out and try it have tried the chopping action with some success but I really fancy this one cheers Danny

Robert Bright says:

Like the video Danny. I think it's really going make the swing more natural. Thank you.

Tribal Warlord says:

Instead of keeping the trail hand paralysed throughout the swing, I have been thinking it should be useful in some way or the other but I couldn't figure out how. Thank you Danny for pointing out exactly how to make use of the trail hand and that too in such a very easy-to-follow style of instruction. Ofline or online, you're my best golf coach.

allisondive says:

I really like how you explain and use terms and ideas that are easy to understand. Makes sense to me. Time to hit the range.

James Reardon says:

Great video Danny! Glad you pointed out not trying to tuck your right elbow in unnaturally. I was about to start focusing on keeping that elbow in tight so you may have saved me some wasted time!

Barbara Gray says:

so good….watched it again. you put so much energy into your vids.
practiced today..sure makes a difference..i have many of the bad habits u mentioned in an effort to get the perfect swing ..u r a great teacher. thankyou

Paul Clews says:

Thanks for this Dan, great explanation. Hear me out here; (stood in a safe place) if I was to throw old clubs instead, should they go straight or slightly left? Thanks!

les roberts says:

Excellent vid Danny

2111 Corps says:

Hi Danny , a great video and analogy in how to get that power from trail arm and what may be the cause of not letting it flow/throw freely in that motion. It made me think what may be my hold up in doing that as well in ,just letting that "throw go" in a relaxed full swing and through motion . It reminded me of another of your videos where i thought of the correlation in apprehension in the swing went hand in hand in what you mentioned in that video as well . The subject of your other video was "hitting ground behind the ball" and correcting that. You touched on one major thing for me that i think has the same reason that creates same problem for me here with trail elbow subject . NOT moving your head/eyes down and keeping so focused on hitting the ball /making contact, = head down , eye on the ball and not wanting to miss that shot that we just get into that overly rigid stiff swing with focus on 'keeping the eye on the ball " so much so, that it inhibits us from getting that power from the trail arm and a great free flowing follow through and that "PUNCH" POWER into the shot that you talk about here . The other video for folks who may not have seen it yet on how to stop hitting ground behind the ball (starting at spot where you discuss that over focus/ stiffness head down) ,creating that creates that stiff mechanical swing causing so many issues in getting stuck in this mode . For me that fault of getting so overly focused on keeping the eyes and head down on the ball can be a huge problem in many aspects of a good overall powerful swing. Just getting stuck in doing this and keeping the head eyes down in this manner can inhibit my swing in several ways, and definitely not getting this power throwing motion fits into that head down problem , i immediately recalled you discussing this exact problem in the other video and it just clicked !! Thanks for the pointers that will help correct the problem with this issue and achieve that power punch for distance and just "letting it go" !! Great info for me to help correct an issue i have in several area you discuss! !! Sean

Ray Hamilton says:

Thanks Danny this will also help me from swinging over the top on downswing

Mark Hunermund says:

Hi Danny, Great lesson. Wow I like your style. Wish I lived there or you here in Ontario, Canada so I could get a personal lesson!! I was wondering…my issue is my hips trust toward the ball on the follow through. 64 now and am starting my 59 year playing this great game. I have looked and cannot find a video on hip trust. Do you have to recommend? I've just started hitting balls again and it seems if I concentrate on my butt staying out, pushed away as in setup, I get better results. Looking for a thought or mind set that might be easier!? As a teen and early 20's play to +1 and was a 1-3 from 35 to 61. Last 3 years handicap has been creeping up. Now at 5 and lord I want to get back down. Short game is fine loosing strokes on long and mid game play. Any help or suggestions would be appreciated!!! Sorry for the length of this message and again thank you very much for all the videos you have out there. It is very much appreciated! Mark.

noonster55 says:

Thanks, you really helped. I was stuck, didn't know why. I was doing what you said not to do. Thinking about getting my right elbow tucked in instead of keeping it natural…

jill barnes says:

Danny again a very good example of what the sequence is and how it should be natural.

Bill Kendall says:

Great vlog as always Danny. Question for you. My coach is telling me to get the handle forward at impact but it feels like I'm dragging the handle versus having the handle ahead of impact. It also makes me feel like i don;t have a release. Does that make sense?

Paul Langhorne says:

good stuff again Danny…

M D says:

Hi Danny wow you have made it look so simple and easy . First class vid . This is one of my fav vids . 1st class ????????

dobro890 says:

Another crafted explanation and this appears also to greatly assist in getting the body moving from left to right many thanks for your videos Danny , cheers chris

Olivier Bert says:

In spite all the comparisons you may make with other sports or moves the golf swing isn't a natural motion, if it was it would be easier !

Olivier Bert says:

It's easy and natural to throw a ball with one hand, it isn't with two.

Jinhee Lee says:

Hello Danny
In which situation do you think is ideal to use low bouncing wedge?

Marty Arriola says:

Great video! Could you please comment on squaring the club while making the throwing feel?
Is a light grip the key or a concisely effort required? Thanks again Marty

tim whitehead says:

Saturdays are always great, waking up to your videos. Thanks, Danny!

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