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.