Opposite Series – Lead Arm Locked or Bent

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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+

10 Responses to “Opposite Series – Lead Arm Locked or Bent”

  1. good tip. I have tried to keep my arm straight, but the result is tension.

  2. October 12, 2015


    Paul ,To avoid my left arm being too much bent in the backswing ,which it tends to be when I play “powerless arms ” ,I think about “pushing ” slightly back the left arm with the right arm.
    Good or bad?
    Why is it when I look to the photos of before WW 2 top golfers (HENRY PICARD ,GENE SARAZEN ,RALPH GUDAHL,BYRON NELSON,HORTON SMITH ,ALEX MORRISON )their right arms are straight as arrows ?
    Even SAM SNEAD who has a beautiful swing has a very straight left arm.
    Now as you mention great JACK NICKLAUS had his left arm slightly bent

    • October 12, 2015

      Paul Wilson


      Sure their are tour players who keep it straight. The point of the tip is to keep it extended but not locked. for all those who keep it straight there are just as many who bend it. So it is okay to bend it. In fact I do not want you to keep it locked straight for the very reasons I mentioned in the tip.

  3. October 13, 2015



    Great tip as always. Thank you!

    Just wanted you to know our Club has closed up for the winter season and I finished this year with a career low GHIN of 17, down from a 23 which I have posted the last three years. The results are simply amazing!

    You are correct, it does take more than just a few tries to break bad habits, but the results are so incredible. With longer drives and 2nd shots I am getting on in reg more and more and with your putting tips have really improved my short game.

    Your system works very, very well and at 68 years of age, it has worked wonders for me, adding 40 yards to my tee shot and incredible confidence in my overall game. I also find myself in much better shape after 18 and I know it is a result of your approach to golf.

    Thank you again. In a sea of repetitive mediocrity your teaching skills go way beyond the pack. Well done!

    Jim Theodore

    • October 13, 2015

      Paul Wilson


      Thanks for the feedback. Glad you are improving.

      Over the winter you need to still be working on your swing. Make sure you are doing at 25-50 practice swings at least 3 times a week. If you want to really play your best golf next year set up a practice station. As much as you can be doing practice swings mastering my swing positions. If you do you will have a great swing by next season. Too many people quit. As I have said in numerous tips winter is the best time to practice because there is no ball to hit. No ball means you can clearly focus on mastering the swing positions. Just imagine every day you work on touching your legs and so on. After a while you will have repeated the positions so many times you will not know any other way to swing. Hopefully, you see it. If so, I know you will be down to a 12 or better by next year. This is easily doable.

  4. Hi Paul, I have managed to finally break 100 with your methods. I am a ‘weekend warrior’ 25 handicap and play once a fortnight. I manage to get a practise session in once a week. In my quest for poweless arms my left arm is collapsing massively, almost 90 degrees (I am right handed). I have to have the feeling of really swinging out to my right side to help keep my left arm straighter. I can then feel my left side tightening from the coil and this puts my left shoulder under my chin on the back swing. In doing this I feel that my arms are tighter, any tips to help get the loose feeling without collapsing or have I been overdoing the powerless arms.

  5. Thanks Paul, I will get to work on these tips, I do practise at home most nights but I only hit balls once a week at the range, is it best at this stage to only hit balls when I play which is once a fortnight and forget the range?

    • Shaun,

      Well, I did take one student from 95 to 75 in 2 months he never hit any golf balls only a few to warm up. He still played and could work on his short game but no practice balls. The ball is the problem. If you do hit balls hit 1 ball and do 3 practice swings working on something. Feel it then hit 1 ball trying to replicate it. This way you are doing it more right than wrong and you will get it fast. Know the positions though, and look for the feedback to make sure you are doing it right.

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