Welcome to YOUR Swing Support Center, a blog with tips to help you transition to your new straight leading arm back-swing. This blog allows us to share information which we find in articles by golf professionals or success stories submitted by GOLFSTR users. These tips have helped me and I hope they help you too.
Bill Curry, inventor of GOLFSTR
October 30, 2013 Dan Beaubien asked: I’m inquiring about your “Straight Arm, Straight Shot” ad in Golf Magazine. Please describe this product. Is it a device that actually keeps the left arm straight (therefore probably not legal in competition) or something that trains the body to keep the arm straight?
Answer from Bill Curry: You are right on both counts Dan. GOLFSTR is used as a brain trainer to remind you to keep your leading arm straight in the back swing. It does not restrain your arm in any way. You just feel it come off the back of your upper arm if you bend your arm. The wonderful benefit is that GOLFSTR builds muscle memory by wearing it as you play 18 holes and see your score drop.
On our User Guide and on our retail package we state: “ It gives you an unfair advantage so you can’t use it when playing in a competition.”
Why not use this “unfair advantage “ to learn your new swing and then enjoy your new and improved swing without wearing GOLFSTR. If it was easy to change to a straight arm in the back swing you would have done it long ago. I’ve had the bent arm problem for too long and finally decided to do something about. If the pros can do it why can’t I? Must be the steel plate lodged between my ears. GOLFSTR was my solution and I hope it will be your solution too.
Your straight leading arm in the back swing is the key ingredient to help you correct your swing.
To help you change from an over the top swing, you may want to try positioning your feet for a draw swing with a closed stance [point your leading foot directly at the hitting line (not flared) and your lagging foot shifted 1 or 2 inches back from the hitting line]. Keep your lagging elbow bent near your side. Sergio Garcia points out that this helps you swing from inside to out (to eliminate those crazy slices).
After getting the feel for your new inside to out swing, your swing pattern will change and you may want to eliminate the draw stance or minimize it. Just change back to a normal in-line stance but keep your club coming from the inside instead of over the top.
To overcome the bent leading arm in your back swing you need to learn a NEW swing.
Correct stance (possibly a draw stance for extreme over the top hitters, see October 15 BLOG), light grip and keeping your eye on the ball are all required. Each person will have their own problems remaining from their existing swing and a lesson may be required. I’m also suggesting that you try the approach that I learned from the pros and Sergio Garcia. You need to put some effort into learning your new swing and then focusing during every swing. Repeating a poor swing will never solve your problems.
To help with your swing cadence ( and to block out all external thoughts ) I find it helpful to say the same phrase during each swing. By doing this you think of nothing else during your swing:
“Straight Arm . . . . . . . . . . Sweep in aaaand Finish”
Start your swing at rest with a reminder of your practice with GOLFSTR to keep your leading arm straight through the back-swing by saying to yourself: “Straight Arm” (as you breathe and relax your shoulders and grip).
Then say the following as you complete your swing:
“sweep” as you start the takeaway by rolling and hinging your wrists to point the toe of the club up,
“in” as you keep your lagging elbow into or near your side (Power Plane by Sergio Garcia),
“aaaand” during the smooth transition at the top aim at the inside back portion of the ball (swinging from inside to out),
“Finish” [at the point of impact] as you swing to a photo finish with your belt buckle pointing at the target.
“Straight Arm . . . . . . . . . Sweep-in-aaaand-Finish”
This is just a suggestion as it has helped others during their transition to their new swing. Saying these words will help you slow down your swing and smooth out the transition at the top of the swing.
Changing your golf swing is not easy. GOLFSTR is an important aid to help you get there.