Ask Karen Palacios-Jansen, GFM Managing Editor
My left arm folds a lot in the backswing, despite doing some stretches, it’s not as straight as I would like it to be. How can I keep my arm straight?
If your tendency is to bend your left arm at the top of the swing, it may be because you are not properly hinging your wrists on the backswing. When the grip lies in the left hand palm, it restricts your ability to hinge your wrists, so you end up hinging your elbows instead. It is almost impossible to keep your left arm straight, even if you are flexible. . Take care to check your grip to make sure that it is in the fingers of the left hand and not the palm.
Be cautious not to let the thumb of the left hand go straight down the shaft or over to the right of the shaft. This is a very weak grip that will inhibit the hinging of the wrists . It may feel comfortable, but it won’t be effective.
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