I added the Loosen Arms Drill to the Golf Practice Planner today because loose, soft arms are important for good golf.

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2 out of 10

5 minutes

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The Loosen Arms Drill will teach you how to loosen your arms so that you properly hinge the club.


Step 1: Watch
Watch the video below.

Step 2: Shaft Touches Neck On Backswing
With a driver, make your backswing and touch the shaft against your neck (see image below). Notice that the club is parallel to the ground. Bend your lead arm on purpose. Once you feel the club touching your neck, hit the shot.

Loosen Arms Drill Effortless Golf Swing

The “bent” lead arm will be relaxed when you do this. Most golfers are way too tense with their lead arm at the top of the backswing.

Step 3: Throw A Ball
To get the feeling of the correct soft arm feeling pick up a golf ball and throw it (see image below). You will naturally have soft arms.

Loosen Arms Drill Throw A Ball

Step 4: Normal Shots
Once you’ve got used to the shat touching the neck on the backswing hit normal shots with the same loose arm feeling.  Don’t try to hit long shots. Stick with the 50 to 100-yard range.

Your mantra for this drill could be:

“Soft Arms”.

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