Rory McIlroy signaled that he is ready to make a run at returning to #1 by outplaying Adam Scott in the final round of the Australian Open. He used a revamped swing that you will see in the video is what I would consider to be a major improvement to the one that won him 2 majors. I compare those wins to Tiger winning the Masters in 1997 with a swing that would be completely different by the time he won the PGA in 1999. There is a much better understanding now about how a swing needs to function for a player to achieve ball striking mastery because of the technology available not only to measure what happens when a […]
As I was going through my DVR of the 1st round of the U.S. Open I was reminiscing about my own play there in the 1981 championship, and I recalled hitting a few practice shots out of the bunker to the right of the 18th green. From the bottom of the bunker I could barely see the top of the wicker basket, and the green was like a tabletop, so anything other than a perfect shot was going to be a bogey, and that on a hole that I was hitting 2-iron or fairway wood to the green for my second shot. The shots here played by McIlroy and Westwood give a great visual of the difficulties presented by the […]
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 happened to be flipping through channels when I caught this short piece, and when I heard Brandel ripping Rory and comparing him to Byron Nelson I knew I had another video in the can. Chamblee is mind-boggling: he takes the best players in the world, waits for them to have a bad round or a bad tournament, picks their worst shot, and does an analysis showing how poor their technique is and states that this is why they missed the cut, or lost the tournament, or hit the odd bad shot. Of course, he knows beforehand that the shot is bad and that they played poorly, but just wait a week or two when the player plays well again […]
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 […]
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
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
With Tiger and Rory playing together at the Barclays there were a number of holes where they hit similar shots on camera. Here we look at an iron shot on the par 5 7th, after hitting drives of 330 (Tiger) and 335 (Rory). The camera angles are quite similar, so we get a nice chance to compare their swings. What we see are two very different methods to hit the ball long and straight, while noting some similarities as well. They are the two most charismatic and interesting players alive, and being able to study their swings in detail is cool to say the least.
And speaking of Tiger, here we see that his swing is really coming around as his hands finally begin to track outward toward the ball starting the downswing instead of moving straight down.
I dedicate this look at Rory Mcilroy, probably the best player on the planet at the moment, to all the “stay level and swing down the line” knuckleheads who populate television.