Keep those elbows together

When watching the top golf pro’s on TV, you might noctice how
they all maintain a perfect triangle of their shoulders, arms and
hands.
When watching the top golf pro’s on TV, you might noctice how they all maintain a perfect triangle of their shoulders, arms and hands. During the course of the swing, the space between the elbows never changes.

You have heard the tearms “flying elbow” or “chicken wing.” The flying elbow occurs at the top of the back swing when the right arm tries to take control of the swing and the right elbow gets away or on top of the left in order to gain control.

The chicken wing is the left elbow collapsing at impact and separating from the right right.

In this case, the hands and arms cannot turn over (or release), usually resulting in fat shots. If the triangle is maintained throughout the swing, the arms can swing naturally. For more help with your swing, see your local PGA or LPGA professional.

Pat Larkin is the PGA Golf Professional at San Juan Oaks Golf Club. For information about lessons, call 636-6115. His column runs on Saturdays.

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