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How to Keep the Right Elbow Tucked in During the Golf Swing

author image Patrick Hutchison
Patrick Hutchison has been doing freelance work since 2008. He has worked as a physical therapy aide and as a writer for various websites including Destination Guides and several travel-related companies. Hutchison has a Bachelor of Arts in history and anthropology from the University of Washington.
How to Keep the Right Elbow Tucked in During the Golf Swing
Don´t let your right elbow fly away on your backswing.

The perfect swing is the Holy Grail for golfers. They try for years to attain it, but few ever do. A host of drills and tips are available to help you along the way. The backswing typically is a source of particular trouble. A poor backswing does not set you up for a proper downswing and square contact with the ball. One of the most important aspects of a good backswing for right-handers is keeping your right elbow tucked into your body.

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Step 1

Address the ball and get into your normal stance.

Step 2

Place a club head cover or rolled-up towel underneath your right armpit and hold it there with your arm.

Step 3

Take a few practice swings, keeping the club head cover or towel held under your arm, to get the feel of tucking your right elbow.

Step 4

Hit several shots, keeping the club head cover in place.

Step 5

Remove the club head cover when you feel comfortable keeping your right elbow tucked and hit a few more shots, noting the difference in ball contact, consistency and flight path.

Step 6

Repeat Steps 2 through 4 if you find your elbow flying away from your body.

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