Natural Width of Arc Explained

Sat, 04/21/2018 - 13:19 -- Don Trahan

You probably have heard instructors and people on TV talk about maximum width of arc in the golf swing. Well it is bad. Why is it bad? Because it requires you to stretch and pull your body out of balance. Your swing should be natural for your body.

Just because you see it on TV does not mean it is right. Attempting to get the maximum width of arc in your backswing will cause you to stretch your muscles and start to create strain in your body. Your backswing should be natural and balanced.

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How do I quit getting stuck behind the ball on the downswing and hitting a big block or a big hook's picture

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Hi Surge- Do you have any hints or suggestions for getting the correct depth in sand shots? I normally hit decent shots when the club/sand depth is proper, but have a tendency to either dig too deep or too shallow and you know what that produces. Any help you can provide here would definitely be appreciated.
On another note: any update on DJ available?'s picture

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If I keep my wrists flat and elbows level at top of backswing, the club is at 2 o’clock. The only way to get the club more vertical is to slightly cup left wrist at the top. Any comments or suggestions, thanks, David, Evansville, IN's picture

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Seems impossible to keep club vertical at top with flat wrists, club is laid off at 2 o’clock when I keep wrists flat.....'s picture

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I'm not sure Don would agree but I found my answer to the flat wrist dilemma by going to another adage he uses, that of "skipping a stone across a pond". It occurred to me that in order to skip a stone, I would first cock my wrist slightly as I drew my hand back then release it as I released the rock. Applying this to my swing, I cock my wrist slightly (maybe half of my full range of motion) as I go into the catcher's mitt. This makes the stone skipping analogy work and I have found that my launch angle has gone way up.

One last thought. There are two ways you wrist can hinge. One is described above and I use it effectively. The other way is what you would do it you were casting a fishing rod which I think is a big no-no in the PPGS swing.