What we see here is a classic case of a good athlete with excellent motion and power but trouble controlling the ball as far as direction and trajectory. What jumped out at me right away was the dropping hands and steepening shaft in transition, and this was our major focus after doing some grip and setup work.
Watching Webb Simpson win two events in 3 weeks brings to mind the old adage that you “putt for dough”. Now, I don’t believe that you “drive for show”, as any player wishing to win big tournaments simply has to hit the ball reasonably well, but certainly the winning part of it has a ton to do with making tons of putts, which Webb does consistently with one of the fastest strokes on tour.
In this video you will see proof of what I have been saying for some time now, namely that when announcers (any of them) describe why a Tour player sends a shot awry they are making it up. The point is that the actual reasons a shot by a great player is missed are so small and fast that they are simply not seeable, even with a slow motion camera, unless there is time to do a side by side comparison with computer graphics of swings from identical angles and lies.
Here we have another example of golfing genius, a pure talent with a mean competitive streak that I believe would have put him in the same category as Lee Trevino as a multiple major winner and dominant player had it not been for his unfortunate brush with cancer at the peak of his career.
Chris is a first time lesson who has been a consistent lesson taker in the past, but has come off of a back injury that has kept him from playing for almost 9 months. Now that he feels better he wants to start off with a new opinion about what should be trying to do with his swing, and certainly after watching him hit a few shots then analyzing the video I have come up with at least 3 major items for him to work on. What is rare about this particular lesson is Chris’ ability to incorporate the suggested changes almost immediately, certainly something I rarely see but welcome wholeheartedly.
Man, is this a cool swing to watch. I don’t think I have ever seen a player move so much from their heels forward during the swing and not have all sorts of issues getting to the ball. Once again it is proven that you can almost never say “you can’t do this and be good”.
One of the things that stood out to my eye in the recent PGA Championship at the Atlanta Athletic Club was the wide disparity of swing types among the top contenders. Here I take 7 players who populated the leader board on Saturday and use the video to comment and compare their swings.
Granted, Tiger Woods has a lot on his mind. There is a popular thought that his poor play is totally a result of the fact that he has essentially blown up his life and that all he has left is money, but since we are golfers and not psychiatrists we will focus on what I believe to be the major change he has made beginning in 2008 and which I think is hindering his comeback.
When we look at K.J. Choi’s golf swing the first thing that has to come to mind is the obvious look of the dreaded “over the top” move wherein the hands and arms swing out toward the ball as the swing changes direction from backward to forward.
Bill is a website aficionado who decided to drive up to Maryland from North Carolina after enjoying the website and improving his game with information provided by the site. When he arrived he stated his one great desire, “a good takeaway”. He had taken numerous lessons from pros around a wide region, and had never come away with anything he could apply to his swing and use on the golf course.
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