“At the top, I want my left arm to match the angle of my shoulders.”
SWING YOUR ARMS AROUND YOUR BODY
If you make an armsy backswing or swing the club to the top in a vertical position, you decrease your chances of hitting the ball solidly or with enough height to take advantage of today’s drivers.That steep move going back is a serious power drain.
You’ll pick up a lot more distance if you can launch the ball higher and with less spin. My goal is to swing the club more around my body instead of above it. Ideally my left arm matches the angle of my shoulders, as I’m showing below. Provided your arms move back in conjunction with a good body pivot, you’ll be in position to swing the club to the ball on a shallow, in-to-out path. Coming down from the inside helps create power and get the ball up in the air. That’s the way to hit it.
Jordan Spieth, World No 1, writes instruction articles only for Golf Digest.
AROUND, NOT UP Feel like the club is moving around your upper body on the backswing.