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Sunday, March 22, 2020

A Quick Collin Morikawa Seminar (Video)

Today I've got a Collin Morikawa two-for-one -- a video on varying the height of your drives and an article on improving your iron play. First, the video:



Note how simply Morikawa adjusts his setup and finish to create different trajectories. He moves the ball position from teed low and slightly inside his lead heel to teed high and opposite his lead big toe (low to high trajectory) and changes the level of his shoulders (level for low trajectory, lead shoulder higher for high).

And on his finish he tries to finish low for a low trajectory and high for a high trajectory -- that is, he tries to keep the clubhead low and level through impact for a low shot and he swings more upward for a high shot. All very simple things.

Morikawa

His approach to iron shots is also simple. You can read the article at golfdigest.com but here's a key that stood out to me because he also mentions it in the driving video. This short section is entitled Dial Back Your Swing Speed:
When I was in college at Cal, they said my shot dispersion with a 6-iron was about the same as the average tour pro’s with a pitching wedge. I guess that’s a humble brag, but if you want to know why I think I hit my irons so straight, it’s tempo. Swinging with good tempo is one of the first things you’re taught as a golfer, but many players eventually forget its importance for accuracy and instead focus on club and body positions. To swing rhythmically, first focus on a good finish (above). Practice hitting shots at half speed and gradually swing faster as long as you can make a full swing back and through­—no shortcuts!—and still create this poised-and-balanced finish. It’s the fastest way to improve your tempo and become a better ball-striker.
Do you get that? Tempo is the key to becoming a better ball-striker and dialing back your swing speed is the quickest way to improve tempo. Wouldn't YOU like to hit your 6-iron as close as a pro's pitching wedge? You don't have to be a pro to improve your tempo; you just have to stop swinging so hard that you can't control it.

Notice that you don't have to stop swinging hard; you just have to stop swinging so hard that you can't control it. That's a very different thing altogether!

Dramatic improvement isn't always the result of complex technique. Sometimes you just need to get the simplest of fundamentals down. Collin Morikawa is a great example of how impressive those improvements can be.

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