Golf Swing Myth Keeping Your Arms in Front

Fewer things make us cringe more than when we hear a concept that includes “Keeping,” “Holding,” or “Maintaining” something critical to your ability to create speed in the golf swing.

Unfortunately, one of those concepts we hear far too often is the idea of trying to keep the arms “in front” of you during the swing. Not only doesn’t it happen in good swings… you wouldn’t want it to happen in yours.

Shaun​ explains what really happens in this episode of Swing Myths.

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  1. ive maybe seen 3 golfers bent over that much , kegan brad;ey , dustin Johnson and myself ………  I used to bomb the ball but then took a year off and couldn't get out of the way of the club , but this is far  from the normal as far as spine tilt jmo . I may be wrong

  2. My uncle taught me how to play golf and he always said keep your hands withing your shoulders I'm 73 years old and I'm still shooting in the low 70s it's all in the wording

  3. This is the best illustration I've seen showing the arms & hands in front of the body all the way to the top you can't get any better than this when you get to the top of the back swing that angle going to change just a little anyway there's no way around that for anyone playing the game but the hands & arms are still in front of the body from start to finish there's no myth to bust here this is the real deal.

  4. This video is not a bad video…not even exactly a bad lesson…but the title is horrible. Hardly an amateur (let's say 12+ handicap) has his hands in front of him like in this video. Most amateurs turn their body and their hands (that's me) get stuck behind them and it FEELS powerful…but now the only option is to EXTEND early or come over the top, or turn the right hand over etc….I've been a 5-handicap with this kind of swing because my short game was fantastic at the time. That's not a recipe for success. Any great swing will have the hands, arms and shoulders make a semi-defined triangle early in the downswing and the hands stay in front of the chest–to varying degrees, from player-to-player–to a follow-through. There is an exception to all this every once in a while with great players, perhaps unique swings like Jim Furyk's don't do this etc…but the standard great player has this IMO. 2c.

  5. Who says the arms stay in front? I've heard that rough statement – but its more about contradicting the saw right across the chest so the angle is down at 5 degrees and the arms way back – very common in women and young players.. In your model anyone doing what is shown would still feel the wholes arm triangle structure is still in front of the chest.

  6. it's just a way to keep the shoulders turning and not be lazy. Most hackers swing their arms independently of their body. They really shouldn't even be allowed out onto a golf course.

  7. I get this is older video, but would you consider releasing a clip of this swing in slow motion, keeping the same angle? I’d like to see what the angle looks like from beginning to end with no interruption and study it. Thanks in advance.

  8. Bunch of weird criticisms on this comment list. It's partly the point that these guys are calling teachers, TV analysts, etc., out for their jargonistic 'keep the arms in front' mantra, when in fact it's simply not true except in its broadest and most obvious meaning (of course the arms and club are "in front of" the body as opposed to behind it). It's another case of so many people trying to find new ways of saying old things. If your arms are swinging as your shoulders and upper body are turning, and if they're reasonably synced, they'll be "in front" in the way the need to be, same as John Jacobs was saying five decades ago, or Hogan was saying 60 years ago, or Seymour Dunn et al. a hundred years ago. It's so obvious it's meaningless.

    Meanwhile, people who get their cues from TV announcers and jargon-prone teachers are driving themselves crazy trying to "keep arms in front of body" as in directly in front, never moving in relation to the body (cf. "body release," "hands totally out of swing," etc.). It's not like these guys invented that fallacy. They're just answering it.

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