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Downswing Key - The the Rear Forearm.

Downswing Key – The the Rear Forearm.

Downswing Key – The Rear Forearm.

Monthly Golf Tip by the Mel Sole Golf School.

Hi, I’m Mel Sole, Director of Instruction at the Mel Sole Golf School, headquartered at Pawleys Plantation Golf and Country Club in Pawleys Island, SC.  We conduct 1, 2, and 3-day golf schools, hourly golf lessons, and senior golf schools—any golf instruction program your heart desires. Give us a call at 800-624-4653 or 843-237-4993.  We will be happy to book a commuter school or a package that contains accommodations, golf, and golf school.

This month’s tip was a request from Matt Glenn of Grove City, PA, who asks, “Even though I know  I need to “drop” the club into the slot on the downswing, I seem to have a problem accomplishing that. An” over the top swing” is something I struggle to get rid of. Can you help?”

Sure, Matt.  The Downswing Key – The Rear Forearm is the correct answer here.  A move that is often misunderstood, so I hope to clarify this for you and the rest of my readers.

Downswing Key - The the Rear Forearm


The Flaw.

The key lies in the rear forearm. Most golfers allow the rear forearm to get out of “perpendicular” too soon on the downswing. This causes the hands to get too far away from the body, which in turn will cause you to cut across the ball, causing a slice or a pull depending on where the clubface is at impact.



Downswing Key - The the Rear Forearm


Downswing Key - The the Rear Forearm



The Cure.

 From the top of the backswing, make sure you drop the rear forearm down to still point directly behind you halfway down the downswing. Feel the rear elbow hit the bone of the rear hip. Then you know it’s in the right place!

From there, let the hands stay close to the body until just before impact.  

This will produce an inside-out clubhead path, allowing the club to travel down the line towards the target, assuring that the ball will take off directly at the target.

Source: Mel Sole Golf School

Thank you for reading – Downswing Key – The Rear Forearm.  This will cure the over-the-top motion.

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