Golfers frequently tend to use unhealthy or poor quality swing methods, whether it is a matter of over-swinging, under-swinging or misusing a single body part. A common practice of poor mechanics is a golfer’s failure to get an optimal elbow release during his entire swing from the approach to the follow-through.
While not all golf instructors agree on exactly how your right elbow should move during your swing, most agree that a tucked right elbow will help you hit a draw. The key to keeping that elbow tucked is something called connection, and the key to staying connected is a good shoulder turn – or "coil," as it is sometimes called. Legendary golfer Ben Hogan recommended a drill that teaches how a tucked right elbow feels; it can be easily "stretched" to teach a full swing.
Pain in your elbow during golf could be caused by poor swing mechanics, golf clubs not suitable for your physical condition or injury. Pro golfer Mike Weir, the 2003 Masters champion, tried playing with a partially torn tendon in his right elbow in 2010, but the discomfort was so severe that he eventually stopped playing for three months. He said once he resumed practicing, he hit short shots with plastic balls for a month to lessen the impact on his elbow. Your elbow pain may not be as serious as Weir's injury, but you should see a doctor if the pain persists.
The right elbow is an important part of the golf swing, and understanding how to properly place and use your right elbow while you are swinging the club can help to add power and accuracy to your swing and distance to your shots. (All information is from the perspective of a right-handed golfer; simply apply it to your left elbow if you're left-handed.)