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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

How to Blitz Blixt the Field

Alas, there are very few YouTubes (at least so far) showing Jonas Blixt's swing. I found a grand total of two... and only one was a slo-mo. Still, I think it's informative. You see, Blixt doesn't have the most impressive stats on Tour. Since his Tour stats from last year were noticeably better, I'm chalking this up to a combination of injuries and just being a rookie (therefore not knowing the courses well).

In fact, he only hits the ball around 285 off the tee and has only hit a little over 60% of his GIR. Of course, he's #1 on Tour in Strokes Gained - Putting, so as long as he's somewhere around the hole there's a good chance he can make par or better. (He was considerably better last year in all stats, including putting.)

Take a look at his swing:

What can you learn from this one little video clip? Mainly that Blixt does most of the things I recommend you do.

First, Blixt's swing is both simple and balanced. That makes it easier for him for hit the ball consistently in the center of the clubface.

On his backswing he keeps his trailing knee flexed and he makes a one-piece takeaway until his hands are around waist high. I know it looks like his trailing elbow is bent, but it's bent at setup and it doesn't change until his hands are halfway back.

At the top of his backswing you can see his trailing shoulder in the "triangle" formed by his elbows and hands. This means that his hands are still "in front of him" and therefore he's in a balanced, powerful position. Note that the trailing knee is still flexed.

And his downswing basically looks like he just turns his shoulders and body until he faces the target again... and the ball "just gets in the way of the club." By that I mean he isn't lashing at the ball, but rather making a nice balanced turn through the ball and letting the club do the work. A club is a tool, and the idea behind tools is that they let the workman multiply his effort without sacrificing control.

Given that Blixt is one of only three rookies to win on the PGA Tour this year, and given that he's currently #35 on the money list (very close to getting in all the majors next year), I'd say this workman uses his tools very well.

1 comment:

  1. very close to getting in all the majors next year