This analysis is a bit of talking in circles, but it is so controlled by the arm swing and not much turn, I just found myself repeating it. 🙂
Here is proof that you don’t need a “golf swing” to be a great player and shoot low. It also proves how hitting a fade is an easier shot to perfect because it doesn’t require the timing a draw requires.
If this was some random amateur’s golf swing, I would tell him he had a long way to go. The one thing he has going for him is great rhythm and that is what allows him to completely control his swing with his arms and that is why his swing has to be so long.
What is important here is he lifts it outside, doesn’t turn and keeps his hands in front of his chest.
He has bad posture, but that is not relevant because posture is only important if you make a turn and Colin doesn’t really. This is basically an arm lift followed by an arm throw. Any turn he makes with the hips or shoulders is just residue from a massive arm lift and centrifugal force pulling his body around after the ball is gone.
There is no shoulder turn or hip turn going away. All he does is lift his arms which gets the club away shut. The shoulders look like they make a large turn, but that is only because his swing is so long. Even though he goes way past parallel, there is barely any hip turn and the shoulders are pulled around by the arms lifting the club past parallel.
Even though he has a huge arm swing, he doesn’t go across the line because the arm swing starts with a lift and basically stays on plane the whole back swing and as the hands set, the club goes from shut to square.
Because he makes so little a hip turn going back, they don’t need to rotate much on the down swing…and they don’t. Even tough he drops his hands to the inside, he doesn’t get underneath because there is so little hip turn…and because he is not underneath, he is in perfect position to hit a fade.
This would be a terrible swing to copy if you were starting off, however, it is the perfect swing to copy if you have lower back problems as there is so little rotation and it is almost entirely an arm swing.
If Colin tried to hit a consistent draw with this swing, he would immediately become a 25 handicap and I am not kidding. He can flick a draw if he needs to because he is a great golfer, but if he went to it for his baseline shot, he would be in serious trouble.