My buddies tell me that I have a chicken wing in my golf swing. I understand what that means but I am having a hard time fixing it. I have tried and tried to correct this move but have not been able to manage it yet. I am looking for some online golf drills to fix my swing!
No worries...This is easier to fix than you may think. When this happens typically there are a couple of things going on in the golf swing.
First of all the chicken wing is a result of having too much tension in your left shoulder blade and left arm. Here is an easy golf drill that will give you the correct feeling.
Place a tee in the ground as you would for a tee shot on a par three without a golf ball on it. Take your grip and your stance with an eight iron and make a swing at the tee. With a chicken wing, you will probably have a hard time hitting the tee and you will swing above the tee. Relax your left shoulder (including the whole shoulder blade area) and repeat until you can hit the tee. You will notice the tension in your left shoulder and arm will be much less than what is was on the previous swings when you missed the tee.
Once you can hit the tee a couple of times in a row, now place a ball on the tee. The "game" has not changed. You are still going to try to make the tee come out of the ground. Once you are able to hit the tee with a ball on it, you will be amazed at how little effort is needed to move the golf ball.
The other part of this is that you are more than likely not rotating to the target on the forward swing. On a practice swing, swing through to your finish and rotate so that you come up on your right toe (assuming you are right handed). Once in the finish position you should be able to count slowly to three without falling out of balance. The "game" here is to hide all of your spikes from the flag or target. This will force you to rotate.
This is a lot of info so take it a piece at a time and let us know how it goes for you. Hopefully, the weather is good for you today and you can try to implement these principles on a driving range!
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