Fix Overswing/Across the Line - Flying Right Elbow

If you want to cure your overswing/across-the-line swing, you first need to diagnose the cause. This video will show you the 4 main causes and get you started on your path to correcting yours!

  • 4 Main Causes Over Swinging:
  • Right Knee Bent and Forward
  • Limit Hip Rotation to 45 Degrees
  • Right Arm Wide and In Front Of Torso
  • Wrists Do Not Fully Set in Backswing

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Ton
I want to add a fix that might be overlooked, at least for me it's been an eye opener. The grip. I struggle with over swinging and going across the line and although I was guilty of both; cupped lead wrist and elbow flying away, my feeling of not getting loaded enough (and therefor could not really fix my over swinging) did not disappear until i came across your (Chris) video on the perfect grip. Seemed like I had a way too weak grip and looking back at it, did give me a feeling going to the top that something was wrong (weight of the clubhead not being in the right spot and therefor not feeling natural) This caused me to 'seek' for that feeling in the top of the backswing, which made me come across the line and over swing. Maybe I'm the only one doing this wrong and I am still looking for a shorter backswing but strengthening my grip significantly has helped me a lot. Is this a common fault or not? I would have wanted to come across the grip video sooner, for me it did more than just affect ball flight and easier release, it gave me a more natural feeling of the whole backswing.
August 19, 2020
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Ton. A weak grip can lead to a lot of problems for sure. However, most players are just way too active with trail arm causing the over swing. Nevertheless, the proper grip probably helped you attain what it is like to steer the club less which allowed you to keep the arms more in check.
August 19, 2020
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Ton
Hi Craig, thanks for your quick reply. What u said is so true, feels like my arms and club don't need to do so much to get the proper feeling of 'little hands and arms / much lower and upper body movement'. It even gives my 'mind' the probability to soften arms and wrists for I don't have to think about keeping it short and compact.
August 19, 2020
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Walter
How do I maintain contact with my chest and bicep and still achieve keeping a straight right arm as long as possible in the takeaway?
October 5, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Walter. Upper Bicep and Upper Pectoral. The only way to achieve is you have to gradually add some elevation. Take a look at 4 Square Drill, or Pool Noodle Drill.
October 5, 2019
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Ronan
Hi, Chuck talks about two things for a club across the line at the top, the right elbow flying out and the left wrist that needs to be flatten out. I Think that i'm more onto the second option. I' have a tendency to have a stiff right wrist (stays straight, like on the image), so a cupped left wrist. I've worked on my way to the top and its now pretty decent, so it doesnt come from that. How could i cure this problem? Should i consciously try to flatten the left wrist? Its another thought to add to the other so it could be confusing... or coud it be cured another way? I'm pretty aware of the problem and i've watch all the videos on the subject, but it remains something i fight to cure Thanks !
April 1, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Ronan. It does look like the wrists are a little bit stiff. But, more that you are missing some lead shoulder socket rotation. Take a look at the How to Keep the Left Arm Straight Video and the Winter Golf Program Training - Backswing Video. I would make some lead arm only backswings. If they tend to be on plane with the club pointed in the right direction. The you know the culprit is your trail arm interfering. If it tends to cross the line lead arm only. Then, you know you are allowing for enough rotation and flat lead wrist.
April 1, 2019
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Ronan
Well left arm only my swing is in a good position at the top. So it means my trail arm interferes right? but how can i cure that ? Actually even when i want to have the feeling my right wrist is loose, it is still across the line at the top... And I have no idea if my lead shoulder socket miss rotation, i don't really feel it during the swing !
April 1, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Ronan. Yes, that means your trail arm is interfering. Sounds like you need a little more external humeral rotation of the trail arm. Take a look at the 3 Functions of the Right Arm and Creating a Swing Plane Video.
April 2, 2019
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Thomas
looks like to me that he also has too much hip rotation. You can see a big gap between the knees at the top. That means the right knee has not maintained the flex it had at address. I know it will straighten some but if the hips rotate too much the club goes across the line. It only took me 3 years to fix that and most of it was the hip rotation and some was also the the wrist positions.
May 31, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Tom. Hip rotation isn't that bad. It's the trail knee flexion loss. One of the reasons I referred him to the Winter Backswing Video to deal with the flexion loss. Chuck emphasizes loading the trail glute and keeping the knee more secure to not over swing. Thanks for the post. I agree over rotation of the hips and knee flexion leads to a lot of over swinging and bad issues.
May 31, 2019
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Thomas
You work too hard if you replied to my stuff so quick, especially at night. I work with Chris Tyler and this across the line stuff was a battle for me, but I finally beat it with Chris's help. After trying to do it with other non RST teachers I didn't think I would ever do it! In my case the trail knee flexion loss allowed my hips to over rotate and across the line the club went. Now I activate the hell out of right glute (right handed), the knee flexion stays in place and I can't over rotate the hips. Sound right?
May 31, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Tom. No worries. I haven't had a day off since the first Bush was in office. . Don't forget proper elevation keeping the arms in front. I met you one time when you had a lesson with Chris. Exactly. That trail glute loaded and knee flexion staying in place. Pretty darn hard to over rotate! Now, I gotta go eat. Have to get up at 5AM to teach the clinic tomorrow .
May 31, 2019
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Thomas
I remember meeting you surprised you remembered me. Sorry for adding to that work load. I don’t know how you do it.
June 1, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Tom. Sadly, I have a brain like an elephant. Probably why I don't sleep much . No worries. Sorry for the late reply. The clinic ran a little over yesterday. Have a great Sunday.
June 2, 2019
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Thomas
Nice short and sweet video. I think I have been guilty of all of the causes, especially the poor right arm position and the straightening the right knee resulting in too much hip rotation. One question: Is it ok to have the right upper arm get a little behind the body with the driver?
September 24, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Tom. You don't have to keep it glued. But, try to maintain some awareness that the upper bicep and pectoral are staying pretty close.
September 25, 2017

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