Area Of Focus: Right Elbow

I decided to look back at old video’s of my swing to see if anything as changed over the years. I do not have many videos, but my YouTube Channel (The Grateful Golfer) has three that I used that may help sharpen my focus for possible swing changes during the off-season. Well, from what I can see, I need to focus on my right elbow.

The right elbow, from my research, is to be tucked close to the body during take away and transition to contact. This allows for a repeatable swing with power. It is the key to many aspects of my swing plane that seems to be causing me challenges.

A tight right elbow is important to a good golf swing.

I realize that being a low single digit handicapper, that this aspect of my swing should be solid. And for the most part, it is good. But, I feel that it should be much better. From time to time, I seem to have the tendency to have a flying elbow and to cast my hands. These two errors are something I can work at to produce the results I want out of my swing. More importantly, these fixes are measurable and sustainable. Hence a great place to start.

I am not exactly sure how I am going to tighten up my right elbow, but I am sure more video research will be needed. A quick search indicates that I will have plenty of resources. The trick is to find one that works for me. Lastly, my friend Brian for All About Golf, suggested I take a video lesson. I am seriously considering this avenue, but first want to tinker with my own fixes. Besides, I have to pass the time during the cold, dark winter and this is as good as any.

I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!


4 thoughts on “Area Of Focus: Right Elbow

  1. Jim, thanks for the mention. If / when you try a video lesson, you should prepare for feedback that may be different from what you suspect. So it may make sense to take one before you tinker too much.

    Good luck and let us know how it works out!


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  2. I agree with your buddy. Video lesson(s) sound like a great way to improve the game over the winter. I was just checking the website for the closest driving range and found they offer tons of options I hadn’t even considered. For instance, for $30 dollars you can go there and get trackman data for a mid iron and a driver. Find out your swing speeds, spin rates, smash factors and such. Off course they offer instruction sessions too. The options available today seem to far exceed anything from the past.

    And I can’t think of a better way to solve that flying elbow than a lesson. Video or otherwise Tucking it in is great unless you don’t clear the hips. Then it brings a dead push. Ask me how I know. 🤣 Anyway, it looks like a lesson or maybe even a series of lessons is in my future too. It’s a whole lot cheaper than a new driver and I’m guessing far more productive.

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