How Does The Right Elbow Work In The Backswing?

on July 22, 2022
In a golf swing, proper grip, wrist hinge, and shoulder, and hip rotations are often discussed. But how about the other essential element, the elbow? In a golf backswing right elbow plays an important role to synchronize the upper body movement.


Why is elbow positioning important?


Your right arm and elbow play pivotal roles in a golf swing. Their main purpose is to have better control of the clubface and to generate power in your torque.

In order to achieve the right angle and swing plane, the right elbow should be in its proper position to acquire that needed power and speed to the club. Although there are professional golfers who can successfully execute a flying right elbow, for most golfers, keeping the elbow in a proper position helps the arms to achieve the needed space, angle, and alignment to create a powerful performance.

How should your golf backswing right elbow work?


Your elbow is a key point and has everything to do with your arm movement, angle, forearm rotations, and swing plane. Achieving more consistent shots requires your arms and elbow to deliver the club head square into impact.

Golf backswing right elbow plays a crucial role. Your elbow plays an instrumental role in keeping your arms and club connected. A well-structured and tucked right elbow is what most golf experts and players would agree on. It keeps you connected as your shoulders turn and maintains a good width for takeaway and allows the club behind the hands to gather power and speed as you position for impact.
In the takeaway, your right arm is extended and moves in sync with the left arm. A correct elbow position in the backswing requires both the arms to rotate properly with your arm naturally folding as you reach the top of the backswing. Your arm and elbow are bent at 90 degrees.

The downswing phase is where most amateurs commit mistakes in terms of their elbow and arm movements. From backswing, your arms and elbow are bent at 90 degrees. From there, as you move downswing, the key point is to tuck your elbow close to your body. As your arms unfold while approaching impact, it keeps the club head within the target line while gathering speed and power straight into the shot. Your arm and elbow should be relaxed and extended only after striking the ball.



Using SwingPro Plus, you can practice proper positioning of your lead arm, trail arm, and elbow. This training aid is a device that helps golfers set up properly and achieve proper alignment and angle as they execute the full swing.

Learn how to properly position, move in sync and stabilize your upper body rotation.