The right-side golf swing is an important game aspect that should not be overlooked. It is a move that can help players increase their power and distance while improving their accuracy. Here are a few key things to remember when performing a right-side golf swing. 

Golf Power, Right Leg and Arm Set, Right Set for Golf Clubhead Speed

In a good swing, the right side is set with massive potential energy, ready to unleash the pent-up power squarely into the back of the ball. Through impact, the right side releases into the ball for maximum compression.

The Right Side at Stance

On the backswing, the right side is set like a coiled spring. By making the right leg resist the turn and setting the right arm correctly, maximum power can be released into the impact area.

  • Ensure the right foot is firmly planted into the ground and at right angles to the hole.
  • Weight the inside of the right foot so it can resist the turn of the body.
  • Feel the right elbow is turned in towards the body slightly and is in a relaxed position so it can fold halfway back.
  • The right hand on the club must not be in a ‘weak’ position. Make sure the ‘V’ between the thumb and index finger points to the right shoulder.
  • Set the head to the right to promote the correct turn. If it tilts to the left, it impedes the turn and sets up a reverse pivot.

The Right Side on the Backswing

  • When you start the swing, make sure it’s smooth and slow, so the weight stays on the inside of the right foot.
  • Resist the turn in the right hip and leg to build up torque.
  • Halfway back, the right arm should start to fold.
  • At the top of the backswing, make sure the elbow of the right arm points to the ground.
  • Do not try to swing too long, or you will lose resistance. It is much better to have a short compact swing with torque rather than a long swing that is loose and floppy.
  • Use the right arm to push the club away from the body at the top to help keep the left arm straight.

Fire the Right Side Through Impact

  • The start of the downswing should be smooth and not rushed. Power is injected into the downswing smoothly. Move too fast, and the shoulders will spin open.
  • With a smooth start and disciplined shoulders, the arms should be on an inside track coming into impact. From this position, you can let the right arm powerfully release the club at the ball.
  • Make the right hand active by using the index finger to apply pressure to the shaft of the club as the hands compress the ball.


There are many different ways to swing a golf club, but one of the most important things to remember is to keep your right elbow close to your right side. This will help you generate more power and rotate your body more easily.