(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.