Make a Better Golf Backswing by Using the Right Arm Correctly

By Chuck Quinton, Master RST InstructorFULL BIO

There's a terrible golf swing myth that may be destroying your backswing and, worse, your hope for improvement.

It's perpetuated by golf instructors who don't understand biomechanics and many golf fitness "gurus."

The Hope-Sapping Right Arm Golf Backswing Myth...Busted

Myth: Lack of flexibility prevents you from making a full turn in your backswing.

Truth: The real culprit's almost always a faulty movement pattern.

In other words, you ARE physically able to make a full turn in the backswing! That's right, when you use your right arm correctly in the golf backswing, you will be able to make a full turn, no matter your flexibility!

Use the Right Arm Correctly for a Full Turn in Your Backswing

In this article and video, I'm going to cover one faulty movement that almost always prevents a full turn in the backswing:

Misuse of the right arm.

If you don't use the right arm correctly in the golf backswing, you will inevitably look like the picture below at the top of the backswing:

golf backswingDo you have trouble making a full turn and look like this at the top of the backswing? There's a simple fix.

Ready to find out how the right arm is supposed to work and what you must feel in order to make a full turn?

Then read on and watch the video to enjoy all this:

  • Full shoulder turn,
  • Tour-caliber width,
  • A dead-straight left arm, and
  • Much more power!

Your Elbow "Pit" & A Backswing-Killing Movement

This video builds on the Right Elbow Pit golf instruction video.

When the right elbow pit is positioned correctly, this move becomes much more simple. If the right elbow pit isn't positioned correctly, the right elbow is going to want to fold early, which is detrimental to a full turn.

" I now believe this move is the most critical piece to success in the backswing (at least for me)...Almost instantly, the club was going back better on plane, my swing was much shorter and it resulted in more power not less. It also dramatically helped the sequence of the downswing and the release seemed very natural. I had much more control of the shot with a great penetrating ball flight that jumped off the club."
-Tom S. | Aug 12, 2012 | Atlanta, GA

What you will see in this video is that when the right arm is allowed to fold early, the left arm is allowed to work deeply across the body early in the backswing.

As this happens, the muscles in the left shoulder girdle get stretched and feel loaded. When they near their maximum load, a signal is sent to the brain to release the tension.

As such, the golfer stops the turn since he feels fully loaded and powerful, and of course, there is no reason to turn any further.

A Weird Swing Feeling That Works Wonders - Master The Golf Backswing

To avoid this situation, I show you how the right arm must work during the backswing and give you drills to sequence this movement correctly.

However, what may help you most is one specific feeling I'll share with you in the video. It will feel totally different at first but give you amazing, visible results in a hurry!

"Great addition to the video library. This helped a lot to control my tendency to overswing. The swing thought...in the backswing was key. It's also helping me maintain the feeling of pulling from the right side to the top. Thanks for adding it."
-Tom S. | May 29, 2012 | 9 HDCP

Start Improving...Without Leaving Home

Like everything else RST, you can begin mastering these drills in the comfort of your own home and without a golf club.

Learning this movement pattern will give you more power with less effort, and you can make great progress without ever hitting a ball by simply working in front of a mirror.

"Just doing this drill only, I went from 115ish club head speed to 125ish and have even broken into the 130's a few times. That is just with this drill!!! No downswing work AT ALL!!!! This is confirmed on several launch monitors and swing speed radars. Legit proof of this. Thanks Chuck!"
-KC T. | May 30, 2012 | Utah

Checkpoints for Practice

  • Golfers who don't make a full turn often fold the right arm early
  • Keep the right arm straight as long as possible - it acts as a piston to move the right shoulder blade farther back
  • Use a video camera to check your form - you may feel that your arm does not fold at all even though it has
  • Your hands should feel very far away from you at the top of the swing

Video Transcription: How Right Arm Works in the Golf Backswing

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In another video I talked about how the right elbow pit needs to be out, away from you at address, and stay that way as you go back.

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