When it comes down to what is the most important thing you can do to improve your golf game?
It would be without question, and it’s not even close, RELAX YOUR ARMS!
If you can implement the following skills discussed in this article you’ll enjoy golf like never before.
Your skill level will elevate to a level you never imagined possible!
Relaxed Arms Golf Swing
Where To Start With Relaxing Your Arms In Golf?
The goal is to have complete relaxation of the arms in the set-up and golf swing.
The question becomes?
How do I get my arms to relax while swinging the club?
This starts with your hands on the handle.
Grip Pressure In Golf
It all starts with your grip pressure.
If you were to grip the golf club as tight as you possibly can, that being 10.
On the other end of the spectrum holding the club so lite you’d have a hard time moving club that would be zero.
Way too tight being…10!
Way too loose being…0!
You want to hold it at about a 3 or 4 being maximum.
Keeping in mind, use the same grip pressure with both hands and with all the fingers.
Consistent equal light grip pressure with all your fingers on the grip means you have both hands are contributing equally.
Both hands will work in harmony and create maximum speed and power for you!!
Your grip pressure should be favored way more towards relaxation than tension.
Relax Your Forearm Muscles In Golf
When you get the feel of extremely light grip pressure with your hands on the golf club. The goal is to relax your arms from hands to shoulder. When you relax your arms from your hands to the shoulder. It’s best to start the relaxation process at your hands and end with your shoulder.
Hands Are Relaxed…
The next muscle group in line is the forearm muscles. The grip pressure you apply on the handle with your hands has a very direct influence on whether your forearm muscles are relaxed or tense.
A lite grip pressure on the scale of 3or 4 will allow your forearm muscles to relax. It’s not enough however to trust that your grip pressure will allow the forearm muscles to relax.
You must make a conscious effort to have your forearm muscles relaxed and tension free.
How To Relax Your Forearms In Golf
Relaxation of your arms in the set up is a sequential event.
Once your hands are relaxed on the handle, next you want to relax your forearms muscles.
The forearm muscles should be soft and relaxed once you transform any tension that may exist. Identify tension in your forearm muscles and transform that tension into relaxation.
When you grip the golf club, your top hand typically introduces more tension into your left arm. (Right handed player)
As a result your top hand forearm muscle is always more of a challenge to keep relaxed.
Relaxation Sequence For Your Arms In Golf
Once you have your hands relaxed on the handle. Pay very close attention to the forearm muscles. Most importantly pay very close attention to the forearm muscle of your top hand.
For right-handed golfers the left arm forearm muscle needs some extra focus to remain relaxed.
In the end, both forearm muscles should be soft and supple and in a high state of relaxation while addressing the ball.
The relaxation of your forearm muscles should remain in high state of relaxation while in the swing motion from start to finish.
The Effect Of Relaxed Arms In Golf
The effect of relaxed arms in golf is substantial.
When your arms are relaxed in golf you are essentially allowing your wrist joints, elbow joints and shoulder joints to function naturally.
When these joints are able to react naturally your ability to control direction and maximize distance is enhanced tremendously.
Relaxing Upper Arms In Golf
The next muscle group in line is your upper arm muscles. All the muscle groups above your elbow and below your shoulder joint.
The bicep & triceps should remain relaxed.
This is likely to be the easiest muscle group to relax within your arms. This muscle group seems to stay more naturally relaxed than your hands and your forearms.
Keeping in mind you want to create a sequential relaxation technique.
Relax your hands, relax your forearms, then ensure your upper arm muscles front and back are relaxed.
Relaxing Your Shoulders In Golf
The next muscle group to target is your shoulder muscles.
These are bigger muscles directly connected to your shoulder joint so they become very important. Relaxing your shoulder muscles is key to ensure your shoulder joints remain free and are able to contribute to creating speed.
All of these muscle groups take a conscious effort on your part to implement relaxation.
It becomes your job to monitor your grip pressure on the handle.
Then you must ensure this translates into relaxed forearm muscles.
Your forearm muscles must remain at ease and be 100% tension free.
Next on the list is your large shoulder muscle which must be kept 100% tension free.
How To Relax Your Upper Body In Golf
This article details how to relax your arms in golf.
Going slightly beyond the arms it’s highly important to add one more muscle group to this discussion.
The trapezius muscles and neck area muscles are very important areas to relax completely.
The trapezius muscles, in and around your neck and shoulder are critically important as far as relaxation goes.
Relaxing your trap muscles allows your shoulder joint to be free and contribute to the creation of speed.
Any muscle group that is directly connected to a joint must remain relaxed in order to create speed in the golf swing.
The trapezius muscle is a large tense muscle as a rule and a special focus has to be made to relax this muscle group on both sides.
Relaxation Sequence In Golf
This brings us to an overall relaxation sequence.
The relaxation sequence progresses in this order:
- Grip pressure with your hands very light and relaxed.
- Forearm muscles remain soft and supple, particularly with top hand.
- Bicep & tricep muscles completely relaxed.
- Shoulder muscles completely at ease
- The very important trap muscles around your neck must be relaxed.
Relaxation In Golf...
Two Muscle Groups That Require Extra Attention
The first key muscle group to achieve complete relaxation within your arms is your forearms.
The forearm muscles on both sides can get way too loaded with tension.
It’s important to relax both your right and left forearm muscles. This can be done in large part by way of relaxing your hands on the handle.
The nature of the strong top hand on the grip introduces tension into your left forearm muscle.
The target side arm is typically the arm that carries more tension than the trailing arm.
Special attention to identify your target side forearm muscle as relaxed is vital.
Trapezius Muscles Relaxed In Golf
Relaxing this particular muscle group can immediately increase your club head speed.
The trapezius muscles on either side of your neck have a major influence on your ability to create speed and distance. These are large muscle groups directly connected to your shoulder joint area.
These large muscles tend to be tense by nature and a focused effort to relax them can free your upper body to create much more speed.
It’s very important for you to relax your trapezius muscles and your entire neck area as a whole to create amazing results.
Golf Relaxation Sequence
The sequence for relaxing the arms to achieve amazing results is as follows:
- Remember - Relax your hands
- Always - Relax your forearms
- Important to - Relax your upper arms
- Always - Relax your shoulders
- Critical - Relax your traps
- Ensure you - Relax in and around your entire neck area
Once you’re completely relaxed…Smash IT!!
While maintaining relaxation in the setup and through out the swing!
Relaxation To Avoid Injuries In Golf
Once you are able to relax your hands, forearm muscles, shoulders and neck area.
This will go along way towards reducing your risk of injury in golf. When your arms swing in a relaxed fashion there is a smoothing out effect of your entire golf swing.
This smoothing out effect will allow many of your body parts to move much more rhythmically.
This smooth rhythmic motion should allow you to enjoy golf for many years and enjoy those years as injury free as possible.
Don’t Just Say Relax…
FEEL RELAXATION Within Your Hands And Arms!
It’s very important to relax these areas but keep in mind, do not just say the words.
It’s more than just saying the words, it’s about truly feeling relaxed.
Know The Difference Between Relaxation And Tension In Golf
It’s important to differentiate between relaxation and tension with each muscle group.
As an experiment, load maximum tension into each of these muscle groups discussed above.
Then go ahead and relax each of these areas and feel the difference. Do each muscle group one at a time and identify with relaxation.
Feel the difference between tension and relaxation in your hands, forearms ect.
The key is to truly feel relaxed at each and every point and maintain that feeling through out the swing motion.
What you say to yourself and what you are doing in golf are often two entirely different things.
Ensure that when you are telling yourself to relax you are actually feeling the difference between relaxation and tension.
When you feel the ultimate state of relaxation in your hands, arms and neck you’ll achieve results that you never thought possible.
Identify Tension and Transform it into Relaxation!
Happy Golfing Friends!
by Don Toth