Quiet Left Elbow

Tue, 09/01/2015 - 14:00 -- Don Trahan

I love sharing swing thoughts that are sent in from the Surge Nation. It's a great way to practice the fundamentals of the Peak Performance Golf Swing in a way that someone may not have ever thought about...even me!

Today, I'm going to talk about the importance of a quiet left elbow (or right elbow for left handers). One of the worst swing thoughts you can have is to cock your wrists during your takeaway. Many people insist that I cock my wrists, but it just looks like that because the whole arm rotates together as one unit, so it gives the illusion of a wrist break. If you cock your wrists, it can cause your elbow to get out of proper position.

Check out the video above and I'll share a useful tip for always keeping your elbows quiet and in sync.

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Submitted by NeilofOZ on

Surge another element we discussed on your last visit to Australia which helps this to happen, is to ensure the right arm is below the left arm at addressed, when looking DTL.

I accentuated this aspect a little by resting my right elbow near my belt buckle and you even endorsed this action as it ensures an easier vertical lift and it's near impossible for the left arm to bow out as you demonstrated.

Kevin McGarrahan's picture

Submitted by Kevin McGarrahan on

Last week, I played my first two rounds of golf since May. I was having various physical problems, mostly right shoulder and right knee. Because of the shoulder issues, I found I was bending my left elbow while trying to get the club up high enough in the BUS. By keeping my left elbow straight, I actually took the pressure off the right shoulder and could swing much more freely. Result - much less tension.

The knee problem was causing me to bend my knees too much instead of just flexing them. Once I figured out those two issues, I started hitting the ball straighter and longer with far less effort. I quit trying to "KILL" the ball. I now have my club head speed back to where it was 8 years ago and have regained 20 yards of lost distance.