Video Tip: Getting Your Arms in Proper Position

It’s all in the arms! Steve Dresser of the Steve Dresser Golf Academy at True Blue Golf Club in Pawleys Island, S.C. explains why if your arms look like a specific state, then you are losing power!

Steve Dresser:

You see this arm position right here? I call this California Arm because it takes on the shape of the state of California. Not a very powerful way to strike a golf ball, yet we see tons of people in this position prior to and at impact. You can see that just wouldn’t be very powerful at all. Imagine trying to hit a baseball like that, throwing a ball, whatever the case may be. So we want to get rid of that California Arm and get it coming in more like this.


And a simple way to get the feel for that, put the ball on a tee, get a club that you’re fairly comfortable with, like a 7, 8, 9 iron. Get in your address position, and then start from right here. So my hands are actually already left of the ball, my wrists are already fully cocked at 90 degrees, and look at my right arm. It’s this way, not that way. They say that a third baseman slinging the ball over to second is nearly identical to what we’d like to be doing in the golf swing, so this puts you in that position.


So you start here, hands left of the ball, arms already in the right position. Just take it back a little bit and go through. That will really help you get the feel for being here at impact, and not here.


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