Closing The Golfer’s Elbow Gap Advantage
If golfers want one advantage in golf, it would be to close the golfers elbow gap. This synchronizes and locks the elbows with the shoulders for power and speed. Reducing this gap, the golfer reduces the space between the golfers elbows and the torso, as noted in the Preset Figure to the left. This creates several advantages for the golfer who is trying to create control, speed, and power in their golf swing. This creates a compact golf swing that you hear professional golfers talk about in their routine. The second advantage in closing the golfers elbow gap synchronizes the elbows with the shoulders to create power in the takeaway and speed in the downswing. Creating a compact golf swing isn’t discussed as other components are. But the compact golf swing not only provides power and speed, but reduces stress off the body especially the golfer’s lower back. Even a ice skater knowns by pulling their arms, elbows, and forearms in they can create more spin rotation.
Presetting the wrists and locking the elbow creates a third element, called lag. This allows the golfer’s lead arm to stay in contact with the upper body longer during the downswing to create the important lag, or whip action. The golfers depend on the lag to create speed through impact. This is where professional golfers pick up speed or the smash factor. For the right handed golfer, closing the gap between the golfer’s right elbow (small sprocket) and their right side creates a compact golf swing, where the left arm (upper arm) stays in contact with the upper body, or the larger sprocket.
Some might think that to create lag, the golfer must maintain the wrists in the cock position longer in the downswing. This is actually the effect of lag and not what causes lag. Maintaining contact between the left arm (upper arm) and chest and the right elbow next to their side is what causes lag. Sir Isaac Newton’s third law of motion is critical to the golfer to understand. Newton’s third law which states that for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. If the right handed golfer sets the left arm (upper arm) first with the right elbow by presetting the wristbands, these components will be the last to fire through impact for the speed component.
Syncing and Presetting the Wristbands to Lock the Elbow
In the ESPY Golf Swing sequence, the right handed golfer syncs and presets their wristbands this locks the golfer’s right elbow next to the golfer’s right side, closing the gap. This was the golf tip that Mr. Arnold Palmer gave President Eisenhower during a Pro-Am. This was also the same technique that my grandfather worked on with me during my training drills. He called it the golfers elbow effect. I refer to sync and preset elements as the CAM and CAM-OVER maneuvers. The main reason is the small nodule at the base of the Ulna bone, called the Ulna Styloid Process, see Cam and Cam-Over Figure below. How the two nodules are established demonstrates how these two nodules cams and cams-over.
An important component in coaching is visualization. If you can get a student to see how to perform certain elements in a particular sequence, they can actually start coaching themselves and perfecting their own golf swing. To take this one step further, I use EVERLAST boxing gloves above to preset my wristbands as visual aids to help me focus on setting up my golf swing sequence. The right-handed golfer wants to cam the letters (T) on the right wristband and cam-over the letter (E) on the left wristband. Under the letters (T and E) are two unique nodules called the Ulna and Radial Styloid Processes. If the golfer uses these nodules can correctly preset their wrists, they will close one of the most important gaps in their golf game, the the golfer’s right elbow.
This will place the right elbow next to the right side and cam-over the left elbow toward their target. To fine tune these two maneuvers more, you can use the left letter (E) by camming-over and right letter (T) by camming to set the Radial Styloid Process under the letter (E). Remember these letters are upside down as the golfer is gripping the handle of the club as noted with the EVERLAST boxing gloves in the Figure below. The way these pair of boxing gloves are orientated on the handle of the club help the golfer to preset their wrists. Think about the letter (E) as an door and the letter (T) as a pivot point to set the Radial Styloid Process, nodule, over the right thumb.
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