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Not Extending Arms Through Impact

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I am just wondering if someone can explain to me why my arms are not extending through impact? I have had this problem for a while and cannot seem to figure it out. A video is attached

Thanks

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Likely… because if they did, you'd hit the ball fat and/or take a bigger divot than you like.

Check out the "Member Swings" forum here, and try to get high-speed video from the right angles: https://thesandtrap.com/b/playing_tips/filming_your_swing .

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Try to push on the ground with your feet during the downswing. This will cause your sternum to be further from the ball, which will *theoretically* tell your body to compensate by lengthening your arms. Work on extending your right arm. If your right arm is extended your left arm will have to follow. 

For the record I am not qualified to give swing advice, but I have been fighting this myself. 

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a training aid/drill that has helped me with extension and staying connected is the "smart ball". or simply holding a nerf football or  scaled down volley ball of medium size between your elbows.

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1 hour ago, Hacker James said:

a training aid/drill that has helped me with extension and staying connected is the "smart ball". or simply holding a nerf football or  scaled down volley ball of medium size between your elbows.

Is this the same as using a belt to connect  your  elbows as one unit?

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1 hour ago, Jackal1966 said:

Is this the same as using a belt to connect  your  elbows as one unit?

Same idea. Ball is better as it teaches you to squeeze them together. The belt restricts them, which can actually teach you to push against the belt because it feels like stability. Problem is, once the belt is gone...

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1 hour ago, Jackal1966 said:

Is this the same as using a belt to connect  your  elbows as one unit?

same result, but opposite approach. The hanging ball is holding the ball in place between the elbows (or lower arms) by slight pressure. The belt uses outward pressure to keep it from dropping.  Both have the intended result to have arms turn with torso rather than independently. Actually, I found items around the house where I do not even need a ball. I had this felt-like pouch with draw strings I got from Hollywood Casino. (looks like the bag from Crown Royal Whiskey,  only bigger) I just stuff a  towel in it, pull the draw string taut, and it has this little squeeze slide closure thing to adjust for length  (like the towel holder on many golf  bags). Works better than a ball as it  conforms to your arms and you do not even know its there.

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@Jackal1966  I forgot to mention another drill that does the same thing. Similar to the belt, but not as much hassle. Simply stick your arms through a common coat hangar. This was brought to life when I just happened to run across a video by Paige Spiranac (Watching her do it is a lot more fun though). And no, I did not intentionally go looking for that video, it just appeared on one of my You Tube videos  as do many golf related videos do. 

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On 10/8/2017 at 12:18 PM, Hacker James said:

a training aid/drill that has helped me with extension and staying connected is the "smart ball". or simply holding a nerf football or  scaled down volley ball of medium size between your elbows.

Yep!

First of all @scp624, do what iacas said. Second, from the quick look I got at your swing, you have little extension at address. How can you expect to have any at impact? It looks kind of like you're crowding yourself.

Mind you, you don't want to "hyper extend" your arms. You just want to feel a gentle extension. Feel like the inner parts of your upper arms are connected to the sides of your pecs. Some people say squeeze the elbows together, I say squeeze your pecs with your upper arms.

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6 hours ago, Hacker James said:

@Jackal1966  I forgot to mention another drill that does the same thing. Similar to the belt, but not as much hassle. Simply stick your arms through a common coat hangar. This was brought to life when I just happened to run across a video by Paige Spiranac (Watching her do it is a lot more fun though). And no, I did not intentionally go looking for that video, it just appeared on one of my You Tube videos  as do many golf related videos do. 

Thanks!! 

I'll  go look for that video.

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It looked to me like the Op's shoulders are a little open at address and his head drops a little on the back swing. On down swing some early extension where the right elbow trapped behind as hips have already cleared out. I can't tell if he's shifted ahead of the ball or not.

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