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 […]
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 […]
In this video I take a look at the way the right arm functions in different players, and discuss my reasons for preferring one method over the other. We start with Tiger Woods and Henrik Stenson, both of whom have great looking lines in their swings when watching from down the line. There is a major difference, however, in the way they use their right arm in during the swing to produce those lines. Stenson flares his arm in the backswing (as I would prefer and as I teach) but then leaves it back when the body changes direction so that his upper arm lies against his side halfway through the downswing. Tiger, on the other hand, pinches his arm […]
I thought this was a fairly rare occurrence, with 3 of the best players in the world playing together and hitting almost the same shot on the same hole, while the cameraman actually does a nice job of positioning himself for a down the line shot of each one. Stricker is a recognized maestro with the wedges, and here we see an example of his relatively wrist-less technique. Scott has beautiful lines and a slightly fuller action, while McIlroy seems to take a bigger cut at it and yet brings the ball in lower than the other two. All 3 shots end up within 3 or 4 feet of the hole, and the disparity in the techniques just goes to […]
Two excellent swings here side by side as they battled it out in Texas on Sunday. These are both technically sound swings, with no funky moves and a lot of great positions to go with nice, aggressive rhythm. On display are two nicely on plane takeaways, well positioned shafts at the top, great looking “out” moves toward the ball in transition, and left releases with plenty of right side “cover”. Both players use the ground quite well, with Points making a very noticeable “down” move to start his forward swing. It is interesting that the television announcers made no note of this, as such an obvious lowering is usually cause for some “dipping” remark (such as , “he would be […]
I finally got around to going through my DVR of this year’s Masters, and what follows here are some random observations. I thought it was an exciting and fascinating tournament with lots of different techniques and personalities battling it out throughout the week. There is still a bunch of interesting stuff still to go over so if you enjoy this one stay tuned for a couple more. Join the forum discussion on this post
I realized that I had left out too many cool swings so I added these to the mix: Jonas Blixt Charlie Hoffman Fred Couples Dustin Johnson David Duval Francesco Molinari Walter Hagen Johnny Miller Keegan Bradley Luke Donald Bernhard Langer Hunter Mahan Mateo Manassero Graham McDowell Robert Rock Seve Ballesteros Brandt Snedeker Nick Watney Tom Watson
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
Here is the second batch of what I am calling “interesting” swings: Bobby Jones Anthony Kim George Knudson Tony Lema Mickey Wright Dick Mast Len Mattiace Rory McIlroy Byron Nelson Jack Nicklaus Seung Yul Noh Mac O’Grady Louis Oosthuezin Cory Pavin Carl Petersson Join the forum discussion on this post
Here is the first of four videos that highlight the swings that I find interesting to watch, study, and to show to students to demonstrate different swing techniques. The following swings are covered in Part 1: Adam Scott Tommy Bolt Bubba Watson Nicolas Colsaerts Jimmy Demaret Brendan DeJonge Jason Dufner Ken Duke Harris English Tommy Gainey Sergio Garcia Robert Garrigus Gary Hallberg Ben Hogan Join the forum discussion on this post
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