Left Arm Straight At The Top Of The Backswing

I have been getting a lot of questions lately about getting the left arm straight at the top of the backswing (for right handed golfers).

First of all, there are many factors that can come into play that would prevent or make it difficult to do this. So I recommend taking our At Home Golf Fitness Assessment below to see where your limiting factors are.

Now that you have found your limitations, lets take a closer look or if you don't think you have any limitations scroll to the bottom.

Breaking Down The Assessment

Let's look at the 3 tests that could have an effect on the left arm in the swing.

Seated Shoulder Turn- 7:13 mark of the video

If you can't turn your shoulders to at least 45 degrees, there becomes a point in the swing where the shoulders stop turning and the arms start to bend or lift. Getting more mobility in the thoracic spine will give your arms more freedom to move and make keeping the left arm straight easier.

Found some tightness here? Check out 2 exercises you can do in this video

External Shoulder Mobility-8:18 mark of the video

This is a great test to show the overall mobility of the shoulders. Many factors come in to play here, and poor posture (C-Posture) could be the culprit here.

If you are una