A common fault that amateur players have in their swing is a so-called “chicken wing” finish, when the lead elbow flares out through impact. This is actually a notable element of Jordan Spieth’s swing (and has also been picked up by Bryson DeChambeau), but just because pros incorporate it does not make it right for you.
The chicken wing move comes into play when players are trying to guide the ball and keep it from bounding to the left. Instructor Nathalie Filler explains that the fault is caused by not rotating through the ball enough at impact. Players often get stuck at the bottom of the swing and don’t finish their move after making contact.
A good drill to fix this fault involves setting up normally with the ball in the middle of your stance and placing the clubhead on the ground several inches behind the ball in line with your back foot.
“What I want you to do from here is just start turning your hips and your chest and dragging that club through all the way up after the ball until the club is parallel again,” Filler says.