The Straight Arm was designed to give a player immediate feel and feedback of the correct left arm position in their golf swing. Ted Sheftic, one of Golf Digest top 100 Teachers endorses the Straight Arm because of the ability of quick results in a lesson. Through many years of teaching, Ted has seen that the straight left arm position is essential in order for the club face to be square at impact. His goalis to have his students keep their left arm straight at impact which encourages and allows back of the left hand to face the target when the club makes contact with the golf ball. When Ted uses the Straight Arm on a student and they take their “First Swing”, he can see their immediate reaction, now they understand how the correct straight left arm position should look and feel. The Straight Arm is light weight easy to use and unbreakable. There is no assembly, slide the Straight Arm onto your left arm so your elbow is in the center. Then just tighten the two straps and you’re ready to swing. The Straight Arm can be used by both right and left-handed players and comes in two sizes, one for men and one for women and juniors of any age. You can store it in your golf bag so it will be ready to use at anytime.
How important is a straight left arm in a golf swing? Look at a video or still pictures of the best men’s, woman’s, junior Amateur or Tour Players. Look at them at address, back swing, top of the swing, down swing, impact position and follow through and you will see your answer. Their left arm remains straight until both arms are past the left hip. As a Golf Digest Top 100 Teacher, Ted has had the opportunity to use many teaching aids. Ted feels the Straight Arm is the best aid for a golfer to feel immediately if they are bending their left arm. When you are wearing the Straight Arm and follow the drills, you will feel and see the extension which creates leverage, encourages a better shoulder turn and gets the hands into their full wrist hinged position to store up club head speed to be released at impact. If you hook, slice, top the ball many times you can put the blame on an improper left arm position. As you swing, a straight left arm is an important swing position which allows the club to be taken away and returned to the impact area on the same path. It’s best to start using the Straight Arm without a golf ball. Take a short club, a sand wedge or pitching wedge, with a narrow stance. Start with slow controlled swings, stopping your hands at your right hip on the back swing, your left arm and the club will make an “L” shape. Now start down and continue through the impact area and stopping your hands at your left hip on the follow through. As you swing back, if you feel resistance, it’s because your left arm is trying to bend, as you start your down swing, you will now feel the action of your hands releasing the club squaring up at impact, then continuing to roll over into the follow through. If you cannot stop your hands at your right hip and left hip, you are probably swinging too aggressively to start. A piece of advice, everyone bends their left arm to different degrees, so don’t worry. Helpful hint, the more resistance you feel the slower you should swing in the beginning, you can always speed up after you reduce the amount of bending in your left arm. If your left arm is straight throughout your swing, you will feel very little if any resistance if any at all. Take 5 swings wearing the Straight Arm and then remove it for 5 swings. Repeat this as often as you would like.