Two majors and nowhere near a “golf media” swing. What does that tell you? It tells me that golf swings are individual and we only need to work on what helps us individually, not what physics, 3D video or the feel of Ben Hogan tells us.

This swing is very similar to Jack Nicklaus’. Not quite as rounded a spine as Jack, but gets it a little inside with his arms…again, not quite as much as Jack.

The right elbow flies, but the arm swing never really takes over the shoulder turn. Again, just like Jack, he is across the line and releases the snot out of the club right down the line without dropping his hands too far inside. Releasing the club properly again shows to be more efficient than “perfect mechanics” and holding the lag. I am finding more and more that a good release will make up for a laundry list of supposed swing faults.

His lower body stalls for a split second because he generates so much speed and came from across the line, but the ball is long gone.

All in all, the things I said were totally irrelevant nit picks. This is a very efficient and powerful swing. If I were working with Angel, I would only address posture, then monitor his alignment and ball position to make sure it didn’t get out of whack when he was struggling…although I would venture a guess that his swing, being based on feel, his ball position and alignment may vary to suit his needs on a day to day basis.

It would not surprise me to find out Angel learned from watching Nicklaus as they have similar builds and swings. I would take Jack and Angel’s swings (very natural, powerful and efficient) over the Charles Howell’s of the world every day of the week and twice on Sunday.

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  1. Nigel

    The total feel player personified. He didn`t win anything between the US Open and The Masters. It`s great to see someone swing with such an uninhibited motion that does not rely on positions throughout the swing. However, he might be feel personified, but he`s also inconsistent personified. You have to ask yourself why? Part is certainly his streaky putting, but I think his short game is just as streaky. When he`s on, look out, but when he isn`t he struggles.

    His driver swing is long and loose, which leads to being very inconsistent on his off-days. If you look at the swing below it`s pretty clear that if his timing isn`t there, he sprays it around a bit. The huge shoulder turn leads to dragging the hands inside and then across at the top, plus he gets his hands so far behind his head the elbow flies to accommodate it. This is then followed by re-routing the club back on plane. His hip turn is slightly too fast and out of sync with the shoulders in this swing and you can see the slight hip slide as his left knee gets a little outside the left foot. He then has to rotate his left foot with the weight on the heel so he doesn`t blow out the knee. In order to compensate for that he does the same thing Tiger used to do and pulls his left shoulder and head back just before impact to try and rescue the shot. If you release the club really hard this leads to a pull, but most humans would block the shot from this position. I think some work on tempo would be a good idea and I`d prefer to see a slightly shorter backswing. More than anything I`d want him to be working on co-ordinating the hip and shoulder turn so the hips don`t outpace the shoulders. Another thing I think needs a little work is his footwork, as he is a little flat-footed, similar to Kenny Perry.

    This one is a lot more in control, as he is obviously hitting an iron to the 16th at Augusta. Compare the two swings: control vs distance.

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  2. Jared Willerson

    I love Angel’s swing as much as anyone…but Charlie Howell has a better more consistent swing…if he would chip and putt like he swings, we would have a dominant player..I also think Howell may not be as mentally tough as others…but I would still take his swing over most anyone.

    Lots of ways to swing it..One of my faves is long driver Mike Dobbyns

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