How the Back Elbow Works In the Downswing

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Paul Wilson is the creator of Swing Machine Golf and founder of Ignition Golf. Paul's golf swing technique is based on the Iron Byron swing machine. YouTube Channels: Paul Wilson Golf and Ignition Golf Tips. Please Join me on Google+

8 Responses to “How the Back Elbow Works In the Downswing”

  1. Seve Ballesteros and others such as Nick FALDO recommended to put a glove or a towel beneath your right armpit to prevent THE right elbow to Fly off and keep it close to THE torso .
    As you show ,I find it restricts to much the move of THE right arm .
    Is it an improper drill ?

    • Raymond,

      Those are 2 golfers that were not known for distance plus Seve hit the ball everywhere. I want power and consistency. Never tuck the right armpit. Not one long driver I have ever seen does this. They all let this arm come away from their side.

  2. February 20, 2014



    When I throw a ball, the lower body initiates the forward motion, but then my triceps fires for more power.

    In the golf swing, I know that the downswing trigger initiates, but do ever feel your triceps adding some speed as you go through? Or, does the arm straighten simply because of your rotational speed?


    • February 21, 2014

      Paul Wilson


      The throwing drill is to get people used to the move with the legs drive as it is the same move.

      No. I do not feel the triceps. My arms are powerless. The arms straighten because the mass is trying to get to its widest point which you pre-determined at address. If you set up with your arms extended you are saying your arc is that wide. Then when you let the mass go it will stretch out again until it cannot stretch out any more. In doing so, both arms would have to straighten.

  3. August 17, 2018


    Hi Paul. At what point does the right elbow leave this tucked position? After impact?
    Another thing, do you have a tip where you go through how the connection under both armpits work and change during the whole swing?

  4. Great instruction! I’ve long tried jamming my elbow in and “throwing” my wrists/club like Dennis Ekersley (Oakland A’s). Letting my lower body-turn and upper body uncoil pull the arms and club into 90 degymakes so much sense! Now to learn to let go…

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      January 2, 2019

      Paul Wilson


      The tucking of this right arm is important but I really never worked on it. It happens if you are not hitting. If you need to work on it a little then do so.

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