I recently went over the master setup position of the Peak Performance Golf Swing. Today, I want to focus solely on the left arm position at address. Where your left arm starts in the setup will determine where it ends up when you get back to impact, so it's critical that you're in the right spot when you first stand over the ball.
This subject was inspired by Jerry F., who was looking for confirmation on some advice he had heard from a local pro. Here's what Jerry sent in to customer service:
Can you comment some time on the placement of the left wrist and arm (for a right handed golfer) on the club? I heard a tip the other day from a golf pro (non-Surgite) and he said that in the setup position, the left wrist and left arm should be aligned with the club shaft. In other words, it should feel as though the left wrist and arm are "on top of" the club shaft such that the left arm does not form an angle with the club shaft. It seems to make sense to me as it should allow for the club head to return square at impact if you maintain that position throughout the swing. What are your thoughts on this?
When at your sides, your arms naturally hang with the thumbs pointed slightly inward. That's how your left hand should grip the club. One trick that a former student of mine used to do was to grip the club at her left side and then bring the club in front of her. This would guarantee that her grip was always natural and that the club and left arm formed a unit.
If you're not sure where your left arm is at when you address the ball, have a friend take some snapshots with a phone or camera. Technology has come along so far that you could even ask a random person on the range to take a quick photo with your own phone so you could see where you're at. Stop guessing that you're in the right positions and start getting the facts on tape!
Keep it vertical!
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