Have you ever been told your golf swing is all arms? Do you often suffer from a lack of distance and consistency? Not to worry, it’s a very common fault, and today we’re going to share with you a great drill to help you feel the proper lower body motion into impact that your swing is missing. For those of you who suffer from this fault, you’re likely thinking that you’re swinging hard, but the ball is not going anywhere. Other’s may be thinking it is in fact a strength issue. The truth is, it’s simply a lack of leveraging your body weight to effectively create power and speed into impact. Here’s a great drill to try to fix this fault.

You don’t need a club, and start off in your address position as shown in the video below. Next swing your trailing arm back, while keeping your front hand at address – this helps you coil your upper body, and helps you feel the tension a good coil creates. This is an ideal “at the top” position that you should really try to emulate on every swing. Next is the downswing, and this is where your specific “all-arms” problem comes into play. In this drill, the point is to drive your trailing hand hard down towards your other hand with your entire body. The visual of the wall is really important here. As you come into impact, your whole body needs to be dynamic and moving towards the target – this is the key to getting more power at impact, and a more consistent and reliable swing. Practice this drill and you should begin to move away from your all-arms swing.

Give it a shot!


About The Golf Drill Guru

With 8 years of blogging coupled with another 8 years golf industry teaching experience, The Golf Drill Guru is our resident swing doctor. When he's not drinking Corona's on a beach somewhere, you'll likely find him on the golf course — he also blogs occasionally.

6 Thoughts on “Fix Your All-Arms Golf Swing

  1. Alice Ryder on May 30, 2012 at 8:01 am said:

    I’m not an exception to this problem. Thanks for this informative post.

  2. SirShanksAlot59 on June 3, 2012 at 12:42 am said:

    Glad we could help!

  3. Michael Hall on June 13, 2012 at 1:30 am said:

    Awesome tip for improving your golf swing. I am suffering from this problem and your post gave me an ‘Aha’ moment. Thanks!

    You might be interested in these golf swing tips that I have on my blog as well.

  4. Kevin Doty on June 15, 2012 at 6:52 pm said:

    I showed my brother this tip, and he started hitting his irons with much more authority, and wasn’t scooping his shots trying to get the ball “airborne”. He finally realized after trying out this tip, that hitting down on the ball actually makes the ball get airborne and allows you to hit the ball with so much authority – my brother has had to “club down” on all his yardages – he used to hit 5 iron for 150 yards, now he hits a smooth 7 iron, and it looks effortless. If you’re straggling with your iron play, try this tip…it works!

  5. Aucontractor on August 22, 2012 at 4:51 pm said:

    I really like your website. Please keep the YouTube and other videos coming. I am going to subscribe as soon as I Figure out how. keep up the good work

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