>>> What are your guys' views on the back elbow? Is it more productive to have it more towards your body or up in the air? <<<
You will normally get different opinions to your question. One will say the elbow should be up because that position offers a stronger position to drive the hands forward. The other will contend that the elbow will be down to start the swing and therefore the lowering of the elbow is just wasted movement and time.
Below are a couple posts from the Archives I wrote on this topic.
Is having the back-elbow high a flaw?
High back-elbow – good or bad?