I’ve read and heard countless swing coaches describe the right arm action of the golf swing to be analogous to that of “skipping a stone across a pond.” Well, they’re either no good at skipping stones or their golf shots are all scoops.
In order to successfully get a stone to skip multiple times across the surface of the pond, you must impart a flat spin on the flat rock with a trajectory as flat as possible. Everything about it is flat, flat, flat. If you’re a righty, your pointer finger will be the last to leave the rock in order to impart the maximum amount of flat clockwise spin which helps the rock stay in flight even after skimming across the point. Also, the right hand never turns over – the entire throw in done sidearm.
I find that the feeling does not translate AT ALL to a golf swing. You know what happens when you swing a golf club sidearm? The face opens and the hosel presents itself to the ball. Also, how do you swing sidearm with two arms? Try it and get back to me. One more for you: How do you COMPRESS the ball when you’re swinging sidearm?
Enough of that. Here’s the real deal:
In order to compress the ball and to maximize distance, your right palm must face the ground at impact. The thing is, you can’t let the desire to compress the golf ball steer you towards succumbing to your natural hit instinct. Doing so will lead to an upper body dive and an out to in swing path – otherwise known as “Over the Top.”
To compress the ball from the inside, your right palm must start turning down as soon as your arms are done dropping back down to waist level. Then, are your hands travel towards the ball, the point finger leads the way in an arc into impact. Guess what? Doing this will automatically bow the left wrist. (I thought I was done bagging on the Sidearm Theory, here’s one more: how do you bow your left wrist while swinging sidearm with your right arm? Your palms would no longer be in contact if that were to happen.)
The swing thought that best helps me perform this move is to pretend that the golf ball is a ball of peanut butter and my job is to smear it on the turf. I also found that releasing the pressure on my right pinky helps promote this smearing motion. The reason is the pinky controls the bottom side of your forearm. With a tightly gripped pinky, the forearm loses its freedom to rotate.
1. Loosen right pinky pressure.
2. Smear the ball on the turf. The pronation of your right arm helps this happen.
3. The pointer finger on your right hand and your wrist control the smearing action.