Jack Nicklaus tomorrow. In case you are all sick of me ripping the swings of players better than me, I love Jack’s swing…and if you are not sick of me ripping the swings of PGA Tour players, you probably will be at the bottom of this page. 🙂
You are going to start to notice a trend today… if you hadn’t already. I have taken apart and trashed the golf swings of some great players and in between, toiled the merits of the swing of a 3 handicap. All of my criticisms of the great players have been perfectly legitimate…as well as my praise of the 3 handicap. I am hoping all of this will lead you all to a place where you won’t try and copy what some great player does or did. Neither will you try to perfect your swing according to “the standard.” I am going to continue to be redundant and talk about slow subtle changes to your swing in order to avoid things that are getting in your way.
The funny part is, sometimes those things that get in your way may be the “correct” thing…that you personally shouldn’t be trying to do because it doesn’t fit your body. Back to our regularly scheduled programming…Golf swings on the butcher’s table.
I had a hard time deciding how to approach this one. So here is what I decided. I would show my respect for anyone’s ability to play the game and not only make the PGA Tour, but win on the PGA Tour…then I would critique his swing as if I didn’t know who this was…and I can’t be anything but blatantly honest.
I am amazed at how good of a “golfer” this guy is. He quite literally may be the best “golfer” ever to live. I use the term “golfer” as ones ability to shoot low golf scores. I mean that as the ultimate complement because I am about to rip into his swing like a 2 year old baby on a cupcake. This is one of the worst golf swings I have ever seen on someone who wasn’t a terrible golfer or beginner. All kidding aside, I have seen 30 handicappers and people who have never played golf that have swings that are more fundamentally sound than this.
On the one hand I want to praise him for not having one of these cookie cutter method swings we are all told to take on, but I just can’t help but be appalled at how difficult he makes it on himself.
Seriously, I have no clue how he breaks 90 with this swing, never mind win on tour. I can only speculate. He must have the eye hand coordination that would make him a world class pool player and/or Olympic sharpshooter…he has little chance of using this swing past the age of 30 or 35 because his body won’t be able to produce these angles anymore. Not physically possible. I can’t comprehend how he even did it at 18 years old.
He has good posture to start, but that’s where it ends. As he takes it away, he whips it inside with his hands and increases his bend at the waist so his head gets closer to the ball during the back swing. His hands set in a good spot at the top if he had a square club face…however, he massively bows his left wrist and shuts the club to a point where he must play a hold on fade ala Trevino.
Inexplicably, he drops his hands a good 6-8 inches down underneath the plane to hit a draw, as he also drops his head even more during the first part of his downswing. Now his head is a good 12-18″ lower than it was at address.
His hips then massively clear to give him room to hit the ball. Even though he has this room, he is way underneath the plane just before impact and when you combine the giant head dive and massive hip rotation, that leads to what can only be described as the most rounded spine just before impact I have ever seen on a player at any skill level. If he didn’t come from underneath with all of the head dip, he would literally hit the ball with the shaft about 4-10 inches up the hozel.
Then his club exits extremely low and flat, leading me to believe he is an alien, because a human body shouldn’t be able work that way. Actually it’s the way he saves it from going 100 yards right by raking his hands through impact to the left and forcing the club to exit low…so it won’t exit too high and hit a 90 yard hook.
If he asked me to teach him, I would say he has two choices. To keep doing what he is doing because it works and if it ever stops working, he has to completely rebuild his swing, because small changes would throw off this perfect storm of a golf swing. It’s no changes or a complete overhaul. Nothing in between would work.