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Instruction 4:
Power Sources of the Golf Swing - Arm Swing

There are three power sources in the golf swing. The body coil, arm swing and wrist hinge. To maximize the distance you hit the golf ball it is important to max out each of these three sources. In last months article we addressed the role of the wrists in generating distance. This month we will look at the role of the arms.

The arms play the important role of generating width while maintaining the connection of the club and hands with the body. This allows the rotational speed of the body to transfer to the club and generate a high club head speed.

The action of the arms is to work in front of the body and keep the club on plane. This movement prevents the need for corrections in the downswing to square up the club and thus allows the club to return to square at impact easily and at high speed.

If the arms travel across the body in the back swing, as is seen in many players, the club will be too far behind the body and it will take excessive hand rotation in the down swing to square the clubface. Conversely, if the arms move away from the body in the back swing the club will be above plane and the club will be returned on an outside to in path through the ball.

To learn to correct role of the arms, place a soccer ball between your arms in your address position and take some practice swings. Make a back swing keeping the ball between your arms and in front of your chest. This will ensure that the arms stay connected to your body coil and they remain in front of your chest with good width. All the ingredients you will require to generate good club head speed.

In the down and through swing, keep the ball between your arms and in front of your body. The arms are now working with the body to keep the swing wide and on plane.

With a little practice with this drill you will quickly learn the correct movement of the arms during the golf swing, making it easier to hit longer and straighter golf shots



This Months DDGA Golf School Special

Take a 2, 3 or 4-day Golf School at DDGA before August 31st, and receive a DDGA logo golf shirt to the value of 10,000 yen. To book your place email ddga@troongolf.com or call 0985 38 1210.

Derek Hooper, Director of Instruction,
David Duval Golf Academy
Phoenix Seagaia Resort, Miyazaki


An Australian PGA member since 1994, Derek has been at DDGA since its official opening in April 2003. Since that time he and management company Troon Golf, have grown and developed the programs to where they are now recognized as some of the best in Japan. The Golf Schools are based on the successful model used by the 18 Troon Golf Academies throughout the world, and are delivered in the student's choice of English or Japanese.

Derek has an extensive back ground in motor learning and performance, and its relationship to golf instruction.
After gaining a University degree in Sports Science, specializing in biomechanics and motor learning and performance, he played the Australasian Tour for two years. He later worked at the Nike Golf Learning Center before starting his own Academy teaching Tour Professionals and amateurs. Derek has a AAA level of accreditation with the Australian PGA and a Level 5 accreditation with the Australian Coaching Council, the highest rating available.

To contact Derek, or to get more information on the DDGA Golf Schools please email him at ddga@troongolf.com, or phone 0985 38 1210. You can also see all the DDGA program details at www.seagaia.co.jp/index_e.htm


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