Lead Arm Supination…
How To Do It, When To Do It,
And Why You MUST Do It To Play Good Golf
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When I say lead arm supination, if you were to kind of just hold your left arm (for a right-handed golfer) or lead arm out in front of you, palm facing to the right and then you were to take that arm and make it go palm up, that little move right there is supination.
I think a lot of people think they shouldn’t rotate their arm that much during the golf swing and they should be just thinking about what their body does. That couldn’t be farther from the truth. The better golfers have more forearm rotation during their downswing and follow through than you do.
In the early phases of the downswing, there’s not going to be a ton of supination, but it happens sooner than we would expect. If you’re trying to rotate by impact, your brain is beginning that process starting pretty early in the downswing. Usually better players are supinating earlier than amateur golfers.
If I were to get into a position when I get down to last parallel and we were to look at the back of my left hand, or the logo of my glove, it is going to point more or less straight away from me at this position. My left hand from that position needs to go from straight away from me to square to the target and then it needs to go to the left.
Put a club in your hands and get down to the last parallel. Get the grip pointed away from you and get it from there to pointed to the left past impact. That’s how much rotation your arms should feel. Now, if that feels like a lot to you, then you probably don’t do enough. If that feels like nothing at all, then maybe you have more than you need in there. I would prefer to throw more lead arm supination in someone’s swing than not enough. Very rarely will see someone who has too much lead arm supination.
The more you rotate your forearms – or supinate – it acts to square the club face or close the club face to the plane. Now how are you going to know whether you have enough supination not enough supination? What’s your judge of that? Your judgment is mostly based on ball flight, meaning there’s going be a correlation between how much you supinate and where the face is pointed and/or if you supinate too much. If you rotate your forearms too much, it increases the odds of the ball going to the left – so pulls mostly or hooks to the left. If you don’t have enough supination, it increases the odds of you hitting the ball to the right.
You’re adding in supination as much as needed or not needed. If you are struggling with right shots, have more. If you hit it left, don’t do it as much. Most of you need to add supination. We know that the better players have more supination. Very few of you need to take supination out. So, stop being afraid to use your arms and hands.
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