Many people will say that Steve Stricker doesn’t set his hands. I disagree. He has a 90* angle between his left arm and the club shaft and that is an ideal position. However in this era of “complete your turn” and over lagging the club, Steve’s back swing looks short and his handset looks light. That constant hand set and release form the top is why he is so straight and among the best players in the world. It also doesn’t hurt that his arm swing doesn’t continue the back swing when the shoulder turn is done…which again, is ideal.
I wanted to post two videos here, one from each angle for one reason. This is a golf swing folks. I could nitpick and say his posture is a little rounded at address and he exits a little high with his hands…the second thing is minor and the first thing could relieve the stress on his back and might create even more consistency.
He turns it away well, he sets it well, he transitions well, he releases it well and everything is in sync. What more could you ask for? It shows you the state of madness in the golf instruction industry that his swing is criticized for the lack of hand action and power…or even worse not making a full turn. If you hear anyone say the following (and I have heard them all and more) about Steve Stricker:
1. He doesn’t finish his back swing or make a full turn.
2. He doesn’t set his hands right or lag the club.
3. He throws/casts the club.
If the person saying these things is just a random range know it all, everything he says should immediately be discounted and an 8 year old boy should kick him in the shin.
If the person saying these things is an instructor licensed by the PGA, he should be fired, have his credentials revoked and have his groin teed up and hit by the nearest living world class long driver…please let it be me.