By Randy Smith
Many times we see students lift their club into a position at the top of their backswing. This maneuver not only cuts down an upper body coil, it further hinders the swing by forcing the club to the outside and up position too abruptly. From this position on the backswing, you can expect the following things: a high weak slice or one of those fat and ugly steep shots.
To cure this problem, let's think of the position of our right arm when we coil to throw a punch with our right hand. Now this has the right arm tighter to the chest when we coil back to make a strike. This move can be incorporated into our golf swing. On the backswing, make sure to close off the right armpit as you start to swing up to about the shoulder height position. Also, close off the left armpit on the way back to the top of the swing. Throughout the swing the key is to make sure that the right armpit settles back down against the right side or closes it off. The left armpit remains closed off, with the arm against the chest as we swing through the ball.
One of the most important keys is to make sure that the left arm does not separate from the chest through impact. By using this method, you will find that you have more upper body coil, an effective weight shift to the right, a shorter and slightly more inside backswing, and consistent repetition of your proper swing plane... more power, more power, more power... and less left to right in your ball flight (for the right handed player). This also makes for a swing that is much easier to repeat, especially on the golf course.
A great drill to get those armpits down through the shot is simply by hitting balls with the golf glove under the arms. I'm not a big fan of the golf glove under the right arm so much, because it will only be under it for a period of time until it gets about shoulder high on the way back, where the glove would fall out. But the key glove would be under the left arm; that glove needs to stay there all the way through the swing, keeping that armpit closed off until the arm separates from the chest at the finish position. That's a big key. If done properly, you will find that the golf glove will be laying on the ground behind your left foot at the finish.
Give it a try, and I guarantee that you're going to hit some better golf shots.