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Good golf swing extension is really important for hitting solid golf shots with good contact. Many amateurs make the mistake of bending their arms too much coming into the impact area and just past impact.
I like to tell my students to swing their golf club towards the intended target after they've hit the golf ball. This helps to promote a golf swing that is more on the proper plane and swing path as well.
Good extension with the golf swing will also promote a wider golf swing arc. This leads to more power and distance and better contact with the golf ball. Keeping the arms straight through the takeaway, impact area, and beginning of the follow through will keep your golf swing extension nice and maintain a good swing arc.
The Club Should Stay Wide In The Golf Swing So You Have A Good Swing Arc
Swing width in the golf swing is very, very important for hitting solid, consistent golf shots. Many amatuer golfers struggle because they lose their swing width or their golf swing arc.
Some areas that amatuers will tend to lose their swing width is in the backswing from the start of the takeaway. Golfers may have a tendency to pick their club up and the remedy for this is to simply feel like you are dragging your club back from the start of the takeaway. This automatically leads to good swing width.
At the top of the swing, make sure your hands feel like they are far away from your body. Golfers who collaspse their arms at the top of the swing also lose their extension and width. This results in a loss of power and consistency.
The most important point in the swing to be extended is at impact and in your follow through just after you've hit your golf ball. This keeps your club traveling on a wide swing arc and it will produce better contact, more consistency, as well as better distance with your shots. Working on extension in your takeaway and in your backswing will lead to or promote more extension as you move your club through the impact area in your downswing and follow through.
One noteable fundamental of the pros on tour is they all have great width and extension in their swings. This creates power and better ball striking.
Work on your golf swing extension and the width of your swing arc and you will hit better golf shots and increase your distance.