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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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
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 […]
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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