Great Golf Swing Drill: Connecting Your Swing

Dress in Your Sunday Best to Stay Connected...An Easy Golf Swing Drill

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The fashion of golf has certainly evolved over the years hasn’t it? I mean the suit jackets of the Bobby Jones era, the 1970’s (say no more), and those terrible stiff collared shirts of the 80’s. But now…we have Under Armour, Nike Dri-Fit, or Adidas Climacool, amongst a host of others that keep us dryer, cooler, and allow us to swing freer than ever before. Clothes are not fashion anymore…they are equipment.

This article is about turning the oldest golf clothing, or your best suit into reliable golf equipment. I am going to take your suit jacket and turn it into a training aid that will help you improve both your long game and your short game.

What is the number one complaint we have when we put on a suit?

  • It’s too restrictive.
  • I can’t move.

What is the number one thing you hear on TV and in golf magazines about a consistent golf swing?

  • You must stay connected.
  • Your arms must stay connected to your body.

Well what does that mean…stay connected? It basically means that your arms won’t outrace your body. Another way to think about it is that we don’t want to let air into our armpits. It is a very hard thing to feel unless you work on it in a drill. So the irony is that a restrictive suit will help your game by keeping you connected.

There are several different drills out there that will help get this feeling. However, I like to provide tips that you can work on from the comfort of your home or office. That way you can practice everyday, even if you don’t have time to get to the range.

This drill is so simple because it is about getting a feeling for how your arms should stay with your body.

Golf Swing Drill Step 1

  • Put on a suit jacket
  • Take your golf stance

Golf Swing Drill Step 2

  • Make your back swing until you get to the set swing position. (Left arm parallel to the ground.)Click Here for a full lesson on the set swing.
  • Repeat as often as you like.
  • The reason this drill helps get the proper feeling is that we don’t want our arms to stray away from our body. If they do they won’t work together and it makes it much harder to have great timing. Great timing is very important for any player trying to have a consistent golf swing.

Golf Swing Drill Step 3


  • Take a look at these two pictures. Since the jacket restricts my movement you can see how my arms are still connected to my shoulder sockets.
  • A small key is to have your right elbow pointing at the ground.
  • In the picture on the right I am stretching to far and getting disconnected. The side effect is that it pulls my upper body off balance.

Golf Swing Drill Step 4


  • Now look at what happens when you take those two swings to the top of your back swing.
  • Try to get into position like the picture on the left. You want to have your right elbow still pointing at the ground. You can generate a lot of power and consistency from that position.
  • While the picture on the right...now that’s what I call a flying elbow! That is the cause of letting your arms get disconnected. Your swing will get very steep and even though it looks like a big long swing, it actually does not have as much power or consistency.

This also helps your short game because staying connected is very important when you are playing pitch shots. Your suit will not let your arms move away from your body, which makes it easier to for your arms and body to travel at the same speed. This makes a huge difference in the crispness of your pitches. Click Here for a full lesson series on pitch shots.

Thank you for taking the time to read this tip. Good luck with your practicing and playing. May you “Play Your Golf Dreams” sooner with the help of FREE-GOLF-LESSONS.COM.

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