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Swing Analysis: Aaron Baddeley

Aaron has changed his swing dramatically since his Stack and Tilt days, going from a backswing that moved well inward and across his chest to one much more out in front of him. He is known much more for his short game and putting than for his ball striking, which has been statistically poor in relation to the rest of the Tour. A few weeks ago at the Travelers he almost put it together for a win, but a wayward drive deprived him of a chance to birdie the 18th and a tie with Kevin Streelman, who stole the title by birdieing the last 7 holes. His swing is one of the most aesthetically pleasing on Tour, but as we […]

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Swing Analysis: Martin Kaymer 2014

If you wanted to pick a swing to model your pivot movement after it would have to be Martin Kaymer. His body works so well that he can get away with crossing the line and dropping the hands not only straight down but actually backwards. I always try to get my students not to do this, as it usually leads to multiple problems in the downswing (the pattern has the shaft steep early in the downswing then flattening late, which causes the shaft to get stuck behind the hands, and also lends itself to having the right leg shoot out toward the ball and the hips driving out of the box), but Kaymer controls the shaft beautifully and stays deep […]

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Progress Report: Wayne D. Heads to the 2014 PNC

It’s been 13 years since I won the CPC (now known as the PGA PNC) and I haven’t made the cut since 2007 or something like that, so each year I try to prepare knowing that I am on the downside of my playing career but still eager to put what I know about the swing into action on the course. I have some hope this year as I have had some decent results early (mostly due to short game and putting) but also because I have been working out diligently and am in the best shape and feeling stronger than I have in almost 10 years. The biggest issue has been with the driver, and you can see from […]

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Swing Analysis: Hideki Matsuyama

It tickles me to hear the TV announcers gush about Matsuyama’s “great tempo”. The young Japanese star, winner of the Memorial Tournament, is about as unconventional when it comes to rhythm and tempo as you will ever see. Matsuyama’s rhythm is 5:1, which in a world where the vast majority of players use a 3:1 rhythm is like slow motion in the backswing. Not only that, Matsuyama has no “catch” at the top of his swing, preferring to come to almost a complete stop before driving with the hips. It’s not surprising that he is regarded as having great tempo because amongst the masses of golf watchers most consider “slow” to be “good” when it comes to swinging a golf […]

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Swing Analysis: J.B. Holmes

Sometimes I analyze a swing for the first time and am fascinated by things I didn’t expect to see. That is the case with JB Holmes, who does a bunch of cool stuff in his swing that allows him to be one of the game’s longest hitters even with what appears to be a less than full swing. It doesn’t hurt that Holmes is super strong, but it is his extreme sidearm throwing technique that really allows him to turn on the power without a whole lot of obvious ground compression / lowering. Holmes adds wrist cock to relatively un-cocked top of the swing position, bringing his hands well out over the ball and driving his right elbow immediately in […]

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Swing Analysis: Adam Scott’s #1 Swing

I was almost shocked when I saw this swing of Scott’s on television: not because of anything Scott does, but because it is filmed with a stationary camera from the proper angle (behind the hands) and the proper distance away from the player. Imagine that! So, what we get to do is a standard Wayne D. analysis without the problem of camera angles and moving cameras, and we can really see just how good this is and how he has improved from the last time I analyzed his swing. The big thing here is that he has fixed the upper body back-up that he used to have in both his backswing and forward swing. Now the swing hits all the […]

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Swing Analysis: How Bubba Won

I guess you could say that if Bubba didn’t make the putts he wouldn’t have won the Masters. But over time if you’re not putting for birdies or putting for pars from easier positions you are not going to make as many and will probably not beat someone who is hitting it better than you are. Bubba simply hit the ball better than the competition, which means longer and straighter, and followed it up with a nice short game and effective putting and won the tournament handily. In the video I highlight 3 holes, the tough par-3 4th, the 8th, and the 9th, where Bubba’s driving and shot-making were pretty amazing and set him apart from his competitors.   Join […]

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Swing Analysis: More Observations on Ben Hogan from the Face-On View

I hadn’t studied this particular face-on view of Hogan with the grid in the background in some time, so when I popped it up the other night and started looking at it there were so many cool things going on that I got inspired to do a video. I spend most of the video pointing out things that people tend to get totally wrong when it comes to Hogan’s swing, focusing especially on the width and the right loading in the backswing, the swing length, and the right arm action. If more people would just spend the time watching these moving swings and not on static photos they would have a much better idea of what Hogan is actually doing. […]

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Swing Analysis: Ryan Moore

This is another great example of a non-traditional swing that still demonstrates some of the key movements that make great players what they are. When you consider that some teachers insist that a swing must be “on plane” in the backswing, Moore’s swing, much like Jim Furyk’s and many others, flies in the face of that conventional wisdom. Moore’s move has the shaft vertical to the ground at left arm parallel in the backswing, but he counters that by flattening the shaft up to 60 degrees in transition, giving him an approach that looks much like any of the great conventional swings you could find. The reason he does it this way is that it is natural to him, and […]

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Swing Analysis: Harris English Demonstrates the “Hands Out” Move

Once again we see a successful Tour player demonstrate the “out” move with the hands while flattening the shaft back in transition. English is one of the best ball strikers and all-around players on the Tour in only his 3rd year, and seems to have the even keel demeanor to go along with his obvious talent and technique to be a force on the Tour for many years to come. He is a big guy, going at 6 foot 3 and 190 pounds, and uses a massive thrust with his lower body through impact along with a fairly wide approach to average 300 yards off the tee and lead the Tour in GIR. Another interesting stat I noticed is that […]

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