Jeff Mitchell: Hi, this is Jeff Mitchell with The Golf Standard.
Today we're talking about arm position during the swing, and in particular, the elbows.
If you just stand with your arms hanging at your side and you bring your hands around like you were going to grip a club, you'll notice that the elbows are pointed basically at their respective hip.
What we're going to try to do in a good golf swing is to try to make sure to maintain that relationship.
In the backswing, as I take this club back, I want that elbow to continue to line up basically right at that right hip until I at least get to shoulder height.
What that's going to do is it's going to keep the club tracking on plane, club face square.
As you're coming down, we're going to make sure that the relationship of the left elbow is more or less at that left hip all the way down and through.
That's also going to help you stay on plane, square the club face, and make a good solid contact with the golf ball.
To accomplish this, what I'd want you to do is to take your grip, keep the club just a little bit off the ground.
Make sure that your elbows are pointing at your hips, and take the club halfway back or just about to shoulder height, making sure that elbow is aiming at that right hip, and then bringing it through and making sure this elbow is pointed at this hip.
Once you really feel comfortable taking the club back and through, keeping that relationship with the right elbow, keeping that relationship with the left elbow, hit a few shots.
In those swings, try to keep it at about shoulder height or fairly short.
Really sense where those elbows are pointing during the golf swing.
I think what you'll find is that it keeps the club face very square.
You're going to make very good contact and you're going to have a lot more fun with your golf game.