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  • Writer's pictureStephen Atcheler

Banishing the Golf Chicken Wing: A Swing Transformation Guide

G'day, mates! Stephen Atcheler here, coming to you from the beautiful greens. You know, there’s something in golf that really grinds my gears, and it's not the bunkers, nor the unpredictable weather. It’s that cheeky little move many of us make, often unknowingly, called the Chicken Wing. Not the delicious kind you throw on the barbie, but the kind that messes up our golf swing! So, grab a cold one, sit back, and let’s dive into the nitty-gritty of the golfing chicken wing and how to release that golf club properly.

No, We're Not Cooking Today!

First things first, what the heck is a 'chicken wing' in golf? It's a term you'll hear thrown around more often than a footy in the park. It’s not some new dance move or the latest snack; it's actually about that awkward elbow posture some of us have during our swings. Sound familiar? If you’ve been golfing for a bit, chances are someone’s pointed it out to you. And let’s be honest, we’ve all been there – I sure as hell have.

The Golf Chicken Wing: Unraveled

In the realm of golf, the chicken wing refers to how our elbow behaves, both during the takeaway and the follow-through. Imagine this: you're prepping for your swing and, as you pull back, that trailing elbow sticks out, looking like, you guessed it, a chicken wing. This sneaky move can wreak havoc on your swing, leading to some seriously wayward shots.

Root of the Problem: It's All in the Arms!

Most times, the culprit behind this winged menace is our heavy reliance on the arms. We've all been guilty of it - putting too much power into our arms and neglecting the crucial rotational movement. The result? A swing that looks more like we’re trying to fend off a bunch of swooping magpies rather than hitting a hole-in-one.

Turning the Tables (Or Rather, the Torso)

The remedy? Rotation, rotation, rotation. Picture this: you’re setting up for your swing. Instead of leading with the arms, focus on turning your ribcage. By the time you’re halfway into your backswing, your torso should be facing the opposite direction of your target. The arms? They should follow the body’s lead, naturally folding and unfolding.

Leading the Charge: Straight Arms and Proper Release

Here's a golden nugget for you – during your swing, concentrate on keeping the trailing arm straight until it naturally folds. And on the downswing, let the leading arm remain straight until it, too, naturally folds post impact. This will not only improve your ball striking but will also help you master how to release the golf club.

Let's Bid Adieu to the Chicken Wing!

Ending up with the chicken wing can be a right pain in the backside, but with a bit of persistence, we can kick it to the curb! By focusing on proper rotation and ensuring our arms follow our body's lead, we can smooth out our swing and banish the dreaded chicken wing for good.

So, next time you're out on the course, and some larrikin comments on your 'bit of chicken wing', flash them a cheeky grin and show them just how it's done. Remember, golf, like life, is all about learning, adapting, and having a bloody good time! Keep having a crack and swing away! Cheers!

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