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.

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  1. TonyK

    Another good analysis Monte. I never liked this guy’s swing, nor liked him at all personally, and enjoyed watching him fail in the major tournaments…. but he’s in beautiful position at impact.

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  2. Carrera

    IIRC, from a face on view he does a reverse pivot on the back swing…another anomaly of his swing.

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  3. george walczyk

    Hi Monte,

    I’m enjoying your treatments of the different PGA Tour pro’s. Entertaining and informative, indeed.
    One thing I agree whole-heartedly with you, is that the release is a gradual action. Conversely, the
    “loading” of the arms/hands during the back swing is also gradual. I’ve been fooling around with
    this concept for a little while now. However, your comments and illustrations on this blog have given
    me the impetus and confidence to keep on practicing this technique. When I tried to subscribe to the
    delayed release nonsense, I was able to hit a couple of good shots. Problem was, the next couple of
    shots were usually in the trees! I hate playing golf wondering on which planet my ball might land.
    Happiness and health to you, young guy.

    Grampa George

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  4. Nigel

    I was told that when he changed to Callaway he was the only person they ever saw at the test center that had a ball speed over 1.5x his club head speed. Usually they claim that when your clubhead speed is 100mph, if the ballspeed is 150mph you hit it as pure as possible. Colin routinely did better than that and they thought he struck the ball better than anyone they ever saw at the test center, which included all the staff professionals. His swing may be funky, but he is extremely talented. He also may be an ass on the golf course, but he really isn`t off it. Colin should have won a couple of majors, but never quite pulled it off. A great golfer in his day.

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    • Monte Scheinblum

      This whole segment on the PGA pros is about how “imperfect” their swings are and how low they shoot and hopefully the readers will learn from this to stop striving for perfect golf swings.

      …and to take an opportunity to toot my own horn, I was at the Calloway testing center before I started having swing problems. With my normal length driver and a good hard course swing (not long drive swing) I had 135 MPH of club speed and 202 of ball speed on my best one…nearly 1.5.

      A few years later at Titleist, after some swing issues got the best of me, I had 130 and only 185 ball speed with the same swing.

      The 202 ball speed was with 1997 equipment. The Titleist test was in 2001. Neither was with a Ti driver or new ball obviously.

      I think I could get it back over 200 again after my layoff is over. Swinging much better now.

      There is no question in my mind that with my 1993 long drive swing and today’s equipment, I could easily have gotten 220 MPH of ball speed or more.

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  5. Nigel

    It makes my back hurt just to think about 135mph of clubhead speed, let alone over 200mph of ball speed. Did you yell “POW” when you hit it? 🙂

    What are your tournament plans for next year?

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    • Monte Scheinblum

      Bringing up Jack Hamm to a long driver is like bringing up a cheeseburger to a cow.

      I don’t know yet.

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  6. Keith

    “Bringing up Jack Hamm to a long driver is like bringing up a cheeseburger to a cow.”

    LOL!

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  7. Randy

    I am amazed that Majors have been won by swings that are as different as the North and South Pole except for impact. The fact that so many miss this is probably why we bide into so many different swing theories and never get better. It is the dance of the foolish looking for form over substance,

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