He basically made the point for me that I have been trying to make on this blog for 3 months. He almost won a PGA tour event with a swing, chipping motion and putting stroke that every Golf Channel guru would want to change immediately.
He squares the club, traps his chips with touch and makes putts. What he does is have a unique move that fits his physique, but guys like Leadbetter, McLean, Haney and Pelz would change it all.
…but here is the main point. Every avid Golf Channel watcher and amateur swing expert would see Stadler on the range and say he comes over the top, but he really doesn’t.
We have all been brainwashed to believe that when the hands change plane from inside to out on the way down, that is over the top and bad.
I happen to disagree with that theory. If your hands get from inside your sternum to outside your sternum…or another way of saying, too close to your body to too far from your body and swing by themselves…that is over the top.
Stadler’s club may change paths, but his hands are still connected to his body turn and out in front of his body…just like his dad. Bruce Lietske had the same type swing.
IMO, it is only over the top if your hands get out away from your body and move independently of your body…which is the bane of most bad golfers who hit a big slice.
Why am I going into all of this mechanical analysis? Because the Golf Channel doesn’t tell us something that Kevin Stadler proved and what I am trying to preach. There is no correct or perfect swing. There are infinite body types and infinite ways to square the club properly.
“Correct” or “Perfect” swings are ideas used to sell books and videos.