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    I've reviewed a lot of Tour Player swing sequences over the past month and I've noticed in most of them that the right elbow (right-handed golfers) stays very close to the right hip during the downswing. Seems to work hand-in-hand with right shoulder going down plane.

    Do any of you use this a major swing thought when working on the downswing?

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    I don't use it as a thought.....but I have noticed that's what happens to me.....right elbow right on the hip. It's just where it goes. Esp. if you use Elbow Plane in downstroke.
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    Interesting comment birdie-man. I'm an elbow plane guy and do try to keep the elbow on my hip. This usually isn't a conscious thought though, as it's pretty much been part of my swing forever. But I do find that if troubles creep into my swing, it's often because I start letting that elbow wander away from me and I start coming OTT. Then the elbow becomes a very conscious correction for me until I get back into a better swing path.
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    I may need to spend a little more time with the Elbow Plane concept!

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    I tend to use pitch basic position (10-3-B) when swinging. Are you guys talking about right elbow to hip as being more like 10-3-A punch or 10-3-C push?

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    birdie_man,

    That is one helluva avatar!
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    Quote Originally Posted by mrodock
    birdie_man,

    That is one helluva avatar!
    Helluva CD too!

    Rage Against the Machine-in case you were wondering. In my all time Top Ten

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    Damn straight!
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    Quote Originally Posted by c21heel
    I've reviewed a lot of Tour Player swing sequences over the past month and I've noticed in most of them that the right elbow (right-handed golfers) stays very close to the right hip during the downswing. Seems to work hand-in-hand with right shoulder going down plane.

    Do any of you use this a major swing thought when working on the downswing?
    Here are some Sam Snead quotes from "How to Play Golf" concerning the Right Elbow. He obviously paid particular attention to it.
    The Drive
    • Note how the Right Elbow is down and stays comfortably close to the body.
    • The Right Elbow is held close but not tightly to the body with the elbow pointing down.
    Mashie (5 iron)
    • This body change (in the downswing) must be made without letting the Right Elbow get far away from the body.
    • (At the start of the downswing) A decided pull with the left arm has brought the Right Elbow in closer to the body.
    • (At Impact) Note how close the Right Elbow is to the body.
    Short Irons
    • See how the Right Elbow stays in close. About when the shaft points at your right pocket, begin to cock your wrists.
    • The straight left arm is the main feature of control of the shot from this point (about 9 o’clock) back and down, but the Right Elbow shouldn’t stray.
    • Note how the right arm is straightening even though it continues to be held close to the body.
    Explosion Shot
    The same straight left on the backswing, with the Right Elbow in and the transfer to the straight right in the follow-through takes place in this shot as it does in other iron and wood shots.

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    great post strav, thanks!

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