I was watching with curiosity the play at the recent Barclay’s championship where Justin Rose played excellent golf but lost after 3 putting the 18th hole from 20 feet. He repeatedly made rehearsal swings that had his hands dropping not just straight down but backwards, and did so without much leg movement. The move was pretty much exactly the opposite of what Tiger Woods was doing earlier in the year when he was rehearsing an exaggerated “hands out” move from the top, swing the club well left past impact and looking like he was trying to hit a big looping slice. Rose looked like he was trying to get himself so stuck that he couldn’t hit the ball, but of […]
More of the swings I find interesting to watch. Gary Player Ian Poulter Alvaro Quiros Justin Rose Charl Schwartzel Jeff Sluman Sam Snead Tiger Woods Lee Trevino Yani Tseng Ken Venturi Lee Westwood Charlie Wi Join the forum discussion on this post
You know it’s a good tournament if these 5 studs are battling it out in the end. I caught the last 5 holes on DVR and grabbed some interesting shots to look at. Here I make some random observations of various shots, including some putts and short game shots, hit by the 5 protagonists coming down the stretch. Of course, McIlroy birdied every one of the last 5 holes to win, but it’s always cool to watch everything that’s going on with the guys fighting for the lead. Join the forum discussion on this post
Ask a number of different people to comment about what is good and bad about the swing and ask them to come up with a way to make the swing better you will get a similar number of different answers.
In this case, we see the results of Justin Rose working with a teacher (Sean Foley) who works constantly with video, and that is a measurably different swing. Whether it is better is a matter of preference and opinion, and as you will see in the video there are things I think are improved and others that I would say aren’t. One thing is for sure, Rose is playing at a higher level the last two years.
The entire purpose of this video is to record observations of a particular part of the swing as practiced by the top 20 players (according to the “World Rankings”). Too many acceptable variations are castigated by TV announcers who have not done their homework when it comes to knowing what the best players do. Video swing analysis is a powerful tool when it comes to teaching a player how to improve his or her swing.