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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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Swing Analysis: John Senden

The winner of last month’s Tour event at Innisbrook, Senden has been one of the Tour’s best ball strikers since he got his card in 2001. Surprisingly he had only one win prior to his most recent, so it’s not hard to guess that he is not one of the best putters out there. Ironically it was his putting and short game that drove him to victory in Florida, capped off by a wonderful pitch-in on the 17th hole. Last year was his worst as far as ball striking goes in almost a decade, but he managed to hold on to his card by improving his overall short game. If he hits it like he’s proven he’s capable of and […]

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Swing Analysis: Scott Langley

This is a young lefty with a great future. His swing demonstrates many of the movements and positions that I prefer, which is, of course, why I like it so much. His left arm movement in the takeaway is right out of Hogan, and his lower body movement and sidearm throwing action is both graceful and athletic. He produces a lot of power out of a relatively short swing, which bodes well for his overall consistency, and his shot-making ability was on full display the last round at Innisbrook, when he hit a couple of the best punch shots you will ever see. He does tend to set up a bit toward his heels and then move forward toward the […]

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Pitching Techniques of the Tour Pros

Over time I have compiled quite a number of pitch shots by various Tour pros so I thought it would be interesting to go over some of these and discuss the different techniques they utilize. The two most common shots are the “leading edge” pitch, and the “using the bounce” pitch. As you will see, the leading edge pitch refers to a shot struck with the hands well ahead of the clubhead and the shaft leaning forward at impact. Most of the time the impact position is previewed at address by leaning the weight forward and the hands forward prior to the takeaway. Good examples shown here are Rory McIlroy and Charl Schwartzel. I prefer to hit the majority of […]

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Swing Analysis: Kevin Na

This swing utilizes almost all the preferences I have come up with over time, which makes it, in my opinion, one of the best swings on the Tour. About the only thing I would change or work on would be the backing up of the head, but that is probably something that he has done since he was a kid. My guess is that he would see that as something to get better at and probably spends some time on fixing it, then leaves it alone when it comes to playing. Other than that, you see just about everything performed like a model swing, from the on plane takeaway to the gorgeous wrist and arm position at the top, excellent […]

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Tour Pros Demonstrate Wayne D. Bunker Techniques

In this video I use some swings taken from Tour events showing various players hitting bunker shots while utilizing the techniques that I regularly teach. Of course, not every player does it this way, but enough do (as do I) and I have found that I can get even the most damaged bunker victims to hit passable bunker shots and have a plan for approaching the shot that gives them a chance to repeat that success on the course.   Join the forum discussion on this post

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Swing Analysis: Jimmy Walker

Walker has won 3 times already in the Tour’s wraparound season, which is scary considering that his swing has a lot of room to improve. He is a tall, lanky guy with a big arc and he hits the ball a mile, averaging over 300 yards off the tee, but at the same time he is one of the least accurate drivers on Tour, hitting less than 50 % of his fairways. He makes up for this fact by hitting over 70 % of his greens (which means that his misses off the tee are not particularly wild) and by being a fantastic putter (one of the best on the Tour).   As far as swing mechanics go Walker has […]

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Swing Analysis: Patrick Reed

This is a hugely interesting swing to say the least. Reed is playing some awesome golf and has proclaimed himself a “top 5 player” in the world. I would suggest that he wait until he is actually ranked in the top 5, but you can’t fault him for a lack of confidence. He is certainly not intimidated by any circumstance, at least so far (will be fun to watch him in the majors), which was evidenced when he wore black and red on Sunday and warmed up right beside Tiger.   Reed’s action is anything but classic with his feet moving all over the place on his harder swings and his release action entirely counter to the modern notion of […]

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Swing Analysis: Ben Hogan Face On With the Driver 1947

Hogan won 30 tournaments in the years 1946, 47, and 48 (and won two majors in 48), before the bus hit him in early 49. It is my belief that he had his game and his swing pretty much grooved, and that had he not had the accident his record in the decade of the 50’s and into the 60’s would have made him the greatest player of all time. My bet is that Hogan would have won upwards of 25 majors and over 100 Tour events. He was always the hardest worker amongst all the great players, and he would have had no physical limitations to the amount of tournaments he played in. As it was, he barely played […]

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Bubba and Brian Harman: A Tale of Two Lefties

It’s not always that you get two lefties coming down the stretch in a Tour event and finishing in the top 5, but Bubba Watson and Brian Harman did just that at Riviera. What is interesting is that while they stand up to the ball similarly, as soon as the body and club start moving the swings are, with a few other exceptions, quite different. Bubba is a unique combination of power player and shot making wizard, while Harman is less physically imposing and plays more of a control game out of necessity. While they both have their arms well in front of them at right arm parallel, Bubba has moved his there with a huge upper trunk movement, while […]

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