(I am going to post this at the top of every one of these, just to remind everyone.)

Golf swings don’t make great players. My comments about all of these swings have nothing to do with any of these players’ ability to be among the best in the world. They are my views on how I think these players could become even better than they are already.

Ben Curtis tomorrow.

I absolutely love Stewart’s spine angle at address. His posture for a tall guy is as good as you can get, IMO and his rhythm and balance are excellent.

I see two problems with this swing.

First, he tries way too hard to “stay connected” on the way back. He glues his right tricep to his torso for way too long and that creates a small domino affect of issues. First it gets the club slightly too far to the inside…which isn’t that big of a problem, but it progresses into the club getting too flat and his hands get too far behind and below his right shoulder. That forces him to continue his back swing after his shoulder turn stops to get the club to a position more manageable for a person of his height. His hands lift as his swing continues and set about where they should, but because they got there from a position too flat it sends the club across the line. “The shortest distance between two points is a straight line.” If he allowed a little more right arm extension away from his body on the back swing, he would turn his hands to the position they end up in just as his shoulder turn stops…and the club wouldn’t be across the line. Because he is across the line so much, he is forced to SLIGHTLY reroute the club over the top and stall his lower body a little to get it back on plane.

Issue number two is his release is way too late. After he reroutes the club over the top from across the line, the club gets back on plane, but then he has to hold the release too long to keep if from continuing over the top and going left. This causes him to be underneath the plane right up until impact…the bane of the tall golfer.

During his career he has often been among the putting leaders. I think he would be much more consistent if he would free up his right arm a little on the way back, that would get his hands above his right shoulder directly, he wouldn’t be across the line and he could release the club sooner without fear of it going left.

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10 Comments

  1. Carrera

    At the Presidents Cup he was working on getting his hands higher on the backswing…more separation. That was his practice swing move on almost every shot. Seems as though he’s toned down his effeminate follow-through also.

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    • Carrera

      PS, Faldo’s swing analysis here was typical — useless. He lacks the ability to analyze anything on the fly. Miller, as much as I dislike him, can talk about a swing (and everything else golf related) 1000x better than Faldo.

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      • Monte Scheinblum

        I happen to think Miller’s understand and comments about the swing are bad too.

        I didn’t watch as much of the President’s Cup as I wanted to. At least it shows I know what i am saying sometimes. 🙂

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  2. shoot54today

    I would love to see Dustin Johnson’s swing analyzed. Yesterday, you also mentioned Nicklaus. A few years ago I fooled around with letting the back elbow fly and get separated from the torso, ala Jack. You can really see this well on his Youtube series on his swing. With the wedges, his right forearm was paralell to the ground. As the clubs got longer less so.

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  3. Nigel

    Good analysis of a slightly flawed, but extremely effective, swing. I must admit that I thought Stewart would win more big tournaments than he has, although I guess The Open Championship could be the start of something big for him.

    It`s interesting to see how he re-routes his hands at the start of the downswing, coming over the top slightly. Although he gets the club on a different plane on the way down, it is a parallel plane to the backswing plane and as such allows him to deliver the club back to the ball consistently. While he does get the club slightly underneath, it doesn`t produce too many problems other than having to delay the release and be handsy through impact to rescue the shot. Once you cured the over the top move he could begin to release the club sooner, and, as you say, this would probably lead to greater consistency.

    As for Faldo`s comments, well, he has a number of golf schools, so he must know what he`s talking about, right? Yes, that was me being facetious. He`s about as good as Kostis and Miller, both of whom should know what they are talking about but don`t.

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  4. Nigel

    Oh, and I forgot to comment on his posture. While it is pretty good, I believe it could be a lot better. My favourite person to look at for posture in a tall guy is Adam Scott. Here`s a video.

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    • Monte Scheinblum

      I see what you are saying, but Stewart’s posture is so relaxed, I wouldn’t want to change it.

      I know the lines aren’t as perfect as Scott’s, but his lines are solid and he is so relaxed over the ball I would hate to change that.

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  5. Nigel

    Fair comment. Stewart is very relaxed and that definitely counts for a lot.

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    • Monte Scheinblum

      Nigel, I think you and I will firmly agree on one point. Being a good instructor is about knowing what to change and what not to.

      I agree Scott’s posture is better than Cink’s and is a perfect model for someone with bad posture to use as a guide. However, I would not change Cink’s posture…just like I would not change the path of Jim Furyk’s swing or Jack Nicklaus’ putting setup.

      I only like to change something if I feel it is getting in the way of that player playing better. It’s very subjective and there is often more than one right answer. 🙂

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  6. Nigel

    I could not agree more. Knowing what to change and how, once you have identified the problem, is a skill set only seen in the very best instructors.

    If Cink was an 18 year old tour-wannabe I might try to change his posture a little IF I thought it was causing him some problems. It`s an easy experiment and you can always go back to what you started with in 5 minutes.

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