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Anthony225
Ross,
Do you and should I maintain a physical connection between my upper left arm (front arm) and my chest from take away through impact? I've been doing it lately and getting more consistent accuracy but my distance is not so good. I'm wondering if I should continue with this and eventually my distance will improve or is that too restrictive?
Ross
That is not something I teach.  I agree that it is too restrictive and can cause other issues.  I teach to have your arms close together, with the elbows close together, and that "template" drops or hangs on top of your pecs.  With that done, the shoulders can control the arms/club on the backswing.

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Anthony225
Ok. Without this connection I often leave the arms and club behind during the downswing.
Ross
Do you leave the arms/club behind on pitch shots?

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Anthony225
No.
Anthony225
I guess my misunderstanding is if the upper left arm is not connected to the chest, what actually makes the arms move down to the ball? What keeps the arms in sync with the body turn so they don't get left behind?
Ross
You said "no" you don't leave your arms/club behind on pitch shots.  Are you consciously maintaining an upper left arm (front arm) connection to the chest for your pitch shots?  If your answer is "no" then, what moves your arms down on a pitch shot?  Or, what might you be doing differently on your full swing that you don't do on a pitch shot?  Or, at what point, as you take further and longer pitch shots, do your arms/club start getting left behind?

I suspect that as you want to hit a longer shot, you may be adding a "lift" with your arms in the backswing to get more distance.  This move disconnects and can create a tension or a holding of the arms at the top of the backswing.  Make sure your shoulders are controlling the arms in the backswing.  At the top of your backswing, you should feel like your arms are still in "front" of your chest (so to speak)... that they didn't pull themselves across your chest behind you.  If the arms activate and "help",  they can disconnect and get stuck.  The "Ross Move" can help keep the arms in check and teach them how to be controlled by the shoulders.  BTW... gravity and the body unwinding, bring the arms back down... just like a pitch shot. 



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