The Role of the Forearms In the Golf Swing

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For about a year and a half I have been working on an idea that has changed my swing for much the better. I have not mentioned it to you because I wanted to develop the idea so I understood its essence, then put it to the test to make sure it worked.

I now feel that I can let you know what this very simple idea is.

It has to do with the hands–how to keep them from turning and getting the clubface out of alignment.

Everything changed when I realized that it is anatomically impossible for the hands to turn. The hands turn because the forearms turn, and that is not a trivial difference.

I changed my grip to one that is based on the way my forearms are built. When my forearms hang down in a neutral position, not turned one way or the other, the result is a strong left-hand grip and a neutral right-hand grip.

Because my forearms are in their neutral position with that grip, there is no cause for them to turn, which means the hands won’t turn.

Then I developed a swing based on the feeling of the forearms staying neutral throughout the swing, i.e., not turning at all, and with those two things the clubhead stays square and the ball goes very straight.

That is the essence of the idea. It deserves a deeper explanation, and I will give that to you in a few weeks.

But read those four key paragraphs carefully for now.

One thought on “The Role of the Forearms In the Golf Swing”

  1. This sounds like a good tip, Bob. I’ve tried to note how “pros” grip the club, and I think how they do it is generally in line with your suggestion. Arron Oberholser, (spelling?), who is a former pro and now golf commentator — and an excellent ball striker in his videos, appears to grip the club this way.

    One other tip I just found today is to apply a bit of pressure with the right hand against the grip in the backswing. Not too much — we don’t want tension. Just enough to make sure the club doesn’t turn — we want to keep it square to the target line when the club meets the ball up close and personal — don’t we?!

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