I have several “issues” with this swing, but they mean nothing as I will say at the very end of the post. He stands too close to it and that forces him to fight centrifugal force, which is why his right elbow is bent so much at impact…but I wouldn’t tell him to change it. Just like Dustin Johnson, small changes would ruin this perfect storm of a golf swing and it’s either a complete overhaul, or changing nothing.

You can criticize his funky gyrations and disconnects all you want, but he delivers the club on plane and releases it on time.

He starts off too close to the ball with bad posture and as I have said in the past, bad posture will cause you to take it away too far to the inside with your arms…and Jim does exactly that.

However, before the club gets behind him, he shuts off his turn and lifts his arms. The hands end up over his head instead of closer to the right shoulder and a tremendous amount of separation between his right arm and torso.

Now we get to the fun part. I made a video last week saying if you lead with the lower body, you get out of sync…and most great players don’t lead with the lower body, as much as the lower body is already out in front. Aside from a split second in the transition that we can’t control consciously, everything turns in sync.

In Jim Furyk you see where the club has to be for the lower body to actually lead and the club to still get “in the slot,” on plane, or whatever you want to call the ideal angle of attack.

He times an extremely vertical hand position at the top with a hip turn that starts before the back swing is even complete. There is a reason Jim doesn’t hit it very far. If he created the speed and torque necessary to be a long hitter, this physical motion would ruin his lower back. The fact he makes very little turn on the way back allows him to make this motion without putting too much pressure on his lower back, but it hurts club head speed.

This is not one of the most technically sound golf swings you will see, but it does deliver the club to the ball as well as any swing on tour…again Jim proves there is no one right way to swing the club. There is nothing particularly getting in Jim’s way, so there is no reason to really change anything.

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  1. geoff duncan

    I don’t know how he hits it as far as he does considering the position of his right elbow at impact. What do you think of Kostas’ comments?

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    • Monte Scheinblum

      I avoid listening to him. Aside from his use of double adverbs that drives me crazy…”very solidly”…I think his swing comments are ignorant and and at the forefront of misleading the golfing public.

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  2. Kirk

    “as I have said in the past, bad posture will cause you to take it away too far to the inside with your arms”

    I’d love to hear more about this, as I am sometimes guilty of an inside take-away — but never knew exactly how to correct it without doing so consciously.

    In what way does your set up contribute to an inside take away? Are we talking about mostly posture, or distance from the ball, or shoulder alignment, or…?

    Thanks!

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    • Monte Scheinblum

      Obviously there is a laundry list of things that cause all issues in the golf swing. I can only speak of the ones I see most often.

      If your shoulders are too rounded, it is hard for them to turn properly and that causes the arms to suck the club inside.

      The video I am doing on Monday will touch on some of this. Scroll back and find the videos and posts on lower body leading, proper shoulder turn and over the top. I think they are all within the last month or six weeks.

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  3. The Veal

    finally catching up with the schein – thanks for continuing to do what you do.

    As for Furyk? He’s a great example of “feel ain’t real”. When asked what he feels like he’s doing in his swing, he once replied, “In my head, it’s Hogan.”

    To me it’s just a fabulous disaster. I love that swing. I really do.

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