Left Arm only swings
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This week involves the left arm the lead arm for a right handed player. Swinging this way will improve the rhythm in your swing and ultimately help the tempo, timing, and sequencing because rhythm is a combination of all 3 of those. Great rhythm invovles bringing the lead arm and shaft back into the ball same time. The shaft will lead slightly forward, but I have seen players practicing bringing their hands in front of their body with the clubhead well behind them, which is training poor rhythm and a resultant flip through the ball.
The same keys apply to this drill as with the trail arm drill. Ensure a full pivot and develop the speed into impact with a forward leaning club shaft. From here, you will be able to control the club after impact instead of the club controlling you. If it is done right, you will find it challenging to keep the club moving fast enough to just GET to a finish position. If your left arm and club take off and you find yourself pointing at the sky, check to make sure you finished your pivot WITH your arm.
SETUP: 8 iron
- Lead foot turned out
- Left arm is long, shaft leans forward slightly
- Grip may feel strong like a motorcycle handbar
- Keep clubhead outside of hands – it may feel heavy going up
- Left arm stretches out – keep a full pivot with the chest/shoulders
- Chest/shoulders unwind slowly to push or sling your arm off your chest
- Pivot has chased left arm to the finish so they stop together
- Body facing target, balanced on front foot
- Lead arm is full extended and level with the ground
The first week involved learning the feeling of how the right arm works simply by doing. The right arm, the trailing arm for a right handed player, has a job to do and the body must move to accommodate the path as well as speed. I have included a few sequences of players doing this drill as well as spectrum of players in near similar positions on the downswing. Once you see the obvious differences, look closer at the different body positions.