Hang – Don’t Reach

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hand and arm position
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hand and arm position

Hang – Don’t Reach
By LPGA Professional Tiffany Faucette

Let me ask you a question, do you think the shaft and your arms should be in a straight line when you address the golf ball?  I am guessing you are going to say yes to that question, because, the majority of the golfers I see set up with their arms and shaft in a straight line. 

To be in your most powerful set up position there needs to be a small angle between your hands and the shaft.  There are two reasons for this: 1) your arms should hang straight down from your shoulder sockets at address and 2) all golf clubs are built on an angle.  Therefore, if the club is on an angle and your arms hang straight down there has to be a bit of an angle between your hands/wrists and the club shaft.

The position I suggest has you starting with a small hinge in your wrists.  It will help allow your hands and wrists to work better during the swing.  When the shaft and your arms are in a straight line, you wrists are locked and you aren’t in your most athletic position. 
When it comes to your hands and arms at address, think “hang” don’t “reach”.

Tiffany Faucette is a LPGA Class A certified instructor and the director of instruction at 1757 Golf Club. Her teaching mentor for the past six years has been Carl Rabito, Top 50 instructor; and is also a Rabito Golf Certified Instructor in the Structure Governs Function Philosophy.  Learn more from Tiffany at www.1757golfclub.com

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