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Thursday, October 1, 2009

Gary Koch Agrees with Me…

A few days ago I disagreed with a Golf Digest article that suggested the best pros drop their right shoulder… and that weekend players should attempt to do the same.

Today, while watching the Champions Tour play their last major of the season, I saw Gary Koch do a swing analysis of Tom Watson. (I’ve held him out as a good example often enough, haven’t I?) Interestingly, Koch pointed out that part of what makes Watson so good is that his shoulders rotate “more like a merry-go-round than a Ferris wheel.” He said that, for a better player, this move helps hit the ball straighter and avoid a hook.

Now, I know what you’re going to say: “Mike, that’s what Golf Digest said. Dropping the shoulder encourages a hook, but keeping it high encourages a slice.”

But if you look back over my posts concerning Tom Watson, you’ll see that my whole point has been that Watson DOESN’T swing like other pros. In my post about Jack’s view of Tom’s swing, I wrote that “Tom lets his body react to the swinging of the club to generate power, rather than swinging to positions.” Tom doesn’t muscle the club around, he swings it. That"s what I’m trying to encourage weekend golfers to do because it’s easier to keep that kind of swing working well.

And Tom doesn’t drop his shoulder on the downswing. Now you can take Gary Koch’s word on it, as well as mine.

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