Swing Analysis: Right Arm Action: Drive it in or Leave it back?

By Wayne | Videos: Swing Analysis

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Philip Palmer July 5, 2013

Excellent contraste and compare video. Working on this daily !!

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John Neeson July 8, 2013

Speaking of the ‘hands-out’ brigade, G-Mac was hitting it great at the French. Number 1 in GIR and his % for four days were: 83.3, 83.3, 83.3, 79.2.
Good to see a good ball striking display on a tough track. There were 7s, 8s and 9s everywhere but G-Mac made only 4 bogeys for the week.

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Adam Auger July 20, 2013

Hi Wayne, How do you know what backswing to incorporate? If you can’t keep your elbows level half way back (meaning right rt is too high) and can’t that right arm moving inward in transition (so the arm is still too high), would you think that a pinched backswing might be for efficient for some? What do you think?

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I April 8, 2014

Comparing these it also seems like the guys that keep their elbow behind stand much closer to the ball at address and the elbow-in-front guys are further from it. The easiest to compare is Tiger vs Stenson hitting from about the same location on their approach on the same hole. This comparison takes out most of the shaft length discrepancy for each club relative to comparing address distance from the ball since others in the video are hitting different length clubs. When you look at TW and HS at address you can see the ball much closer to Stenson’s feet and much further from Tiger’s feet. Seems obvious to me that if you want to get your elbow in front not only do you have to move it properly throughout the swing, and hands out at the ball, and make space by compressing, and stay in the box while driving 45 but you also need to make sure the ball isn’t too close to your feet at address.

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Joel January 5, 2018

Interesting point about distance from the ball, TW vs HS.

I have been looking at this right elbow move and wondering if the elbow behind would be better for me personally because of my old tendency to get steep, stand up, and let the hands come out to the ball, too far away from the body. Dropping the hands down and keeping the elbow behind—like Rory—might be a way to help correct this. But i get that it isn’t what Wayne prefers.

I watched this again and noted that Hogan, although ‘elbow-in-front’ he stood pretty close to the ball. And, his elbow stays closer, more glued to his right hip than Tiger’s coming into the ball. This would be great if i could do it (obviously). But i can’t seem to keep the hands and elbow close.

To me, Hogan looks more like Stenson at impact because of the tight elbow.

Could it be that the key is what the elbow does from half down to the ball, not necessarily in transition?

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