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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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 […]
I once played 36 holes in the U.S. Open Sectional Qualifier with Kevin and his ball striking was impressive. He is a big guy with a thick chest and waist, but his athleticism is obvious when you watch him move. He is a bit fidgety in his set-up routine, and triggers his swing with a slight forward bend on the knee toward the ball. I wouldn’t recommend this to most players, as any tendency to lift or straighten up during the swing tends to cause problems as the swing progresses, but it doesn’t seem to bother Kevin. He is tremendously wide in the backswing with his hands moving slightly away from his body looking down the line, and creating a […]
Ricky Fowler has decided that if he is to be a great player he can’t do it on his own and he can’t do it with the swing he grew up with, and that he needs the help of Butch Harmon to enable him to achieve his goals. Ricky brought the new swing to Torrey Pines and we have a nice shot of a 4 iron to compare with Fowler’s 2010 swing. Fowler has missed both cuts this year, and before the Arizona tournament he was interviewed by a local magazine. Here are some interesting quotes made when asked about the changes he was working on with Harmon: “Just taking what I have and tuning it and cleaning it up […]
A swing analysis such as this one is altogether different from a lesson video. John, an old friend dating back to when we spent time together in New York City at the All-American banquet in 1979, was nice enough to come out and hit some shots at the back of the range at Isleworth after we finished the first round of the Isleworth Invitational. John shot a 2-under 70 in spite of a triple bogey 6 on the par 3 11th, and would eventually shoot another 70 and finish second to Nick O’Hern. John has watched some of my swing analysis videos and finds them entertaining, and was curious to see what kind of observations I would make about his […]
Daniel Summerhays has been a professional for 7 years, and actually won his only Tour event (on the Nationwide Tour) as an amateur. He turned pro 2 weeks later and has been grinding out there ever since, having his ups and downs but seemingly hitting his stride a bit in 2013 and the beginning of 2014. From the looks of his swing I would say that unless he is inept around the greens he should become a solid top 20 player with tremendous upside. There just aren’t many players with better action than this. He is another representative of the “you don’t have to be 6 feet something and 200+ pounds and carry the ball 300 to be a great […]
I knew you would want to watch this one. These are two interesting ladies in the golf business, one of whom plays the Tour (Natalie) and one who commentates (Holly), but both are known for being about the most attractive women in the game. I was able to grab Holly’s swing from TV last week at the tournament in Palm Springs, and of course Natalie’s is all over YouTube. The comparison is interesting since Natalie is the better player, having won on Tour and managing to stay out there for years with what can only be described as an odd swing. Holly’s swing is much more conventional, as are the problems we see with it, namely poor use of ground […]
I like to go through the TV telecasts that I DVR, pick the interesting swings and load them onto my camera, then load them onto my computer and into my V1, then go through and attach names to them, and then (finally) watch all of them to figure out what kind of video I am going to do. Most of the time I will pick out one or two guys who are playing well and are on camera a bunch and do a swing analysis, or other times, like this one, I will find a general theme amongst the swings and try to identify it. I think it is fairly obvious that if you are watching the best players and […]
This video is not so much about Tiger’s swing (although it is still awesome) as it is about the difference camera positioning makes when viewing the same swing from different angles and comparing swings side by side as though they are the same when actually the camera angles are different. Here we Tiger hit the same tee shot from different angles. One is the regular camera that the TV crew uses when filming the action, and the other is from the High Speed camera that the network uses to allow the commentators to do a better job on their swing analysis. The full speed swing was filmed live, and I am playing it back here off the DVR. The […]
One of the most underrated golfers in history, Middlecoff won more PGA Tour events in the 1950’s than any other player. He effectively ended his career in 1961 having won 40 Tour events and 3 major championships (2 U.S. Opens and a Masters) in only 14 years of competing. He showed promise as a youngster, earning All-American honors twice at the University of Tennessee and the University Dental School where he graduated with a DDS degree in 1944 (thus the moniker of Dr. Cary Middlecoff) and won a Tour event as an amateur before entering into the armed service in the U.S. Army Dental Corps. After the war he started his career he gave up dentistry to become a full […]
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