Chicken Winging In The Golf Swing

What is “Chicken Winging in the Golf Swing”?

Chicken Winging is the inability to keep the lead elbow extended through the impact area. This swing characteristic makes it difficult to develop speed or power and tends to put excessive force on the outside of the elbow joint. It is quite common for golfers with chicken winging to hit high, weak shots or they tend to develop ‘tennis elbow’ on the lead side.

Several physical characteristics must be developed in order to fully extend your lead arm and maintain good width into the hitting zone:

– Lead arm strength and lead side shoulder flexibility are vital for a strong and fully extended lead arm at impact. If muscular or joint restrictions result in the inability for the arm to rotate around the shoulder then chicken winging is likely to dominate the pattern.

– If the downswing is out of sequence and the club is travelling on an over-the-top path, the lead arm is almost always forced to chicken wing due to the direction of the forces that are applied upon it.

If you think you may chicken wing in your golf swing then this is best evaluated by our TPI Physical Golf Screening. So come and see Bonnie (TPI certified) at Bend + Mend in Sydney’s CBD for a Golf Physiotherapy Assessment and TPI Physical Screen.

Bonnie Broomfield

About Bonnie Broomfield

Bonnie graduated in 2013 from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Health Sciences and a Masters of Physiotherapy. Born and raised in Sydney, she loves her sport, particularly Netball, and is always keen to try new sports and other outdoor activities - her latest being Golf with her Golf Pro fiancé. Bonnie has a special interest in Women's Health and has completed post graduate courses through the Women's Health Training Associates (WHTA). Bonnie has also progressed her learning and skills with courses in Clinical Pilates, including Matwork, Equipment and Pre and Post Natal Pilates, Titleist Performance Institute Certification Level 1, Sports Level 1 and Dry Needling. She is passionate about helping people get back in control of their own bodies and reach their goals through using both manual therapy techniques and exercise.

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