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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

The Swing That Changed History

Since Adam Scott's swing has rewritten Masters history -- and Australian golf history as well -- it seems only fitting to take a look at the swing some people believe is the best in golf.

It used to be popular to say Adam's swing was a copy of Tiger's but, if you compare the two (using Tiger's swing when he worked with Butch, of course), you'll see that Adam's swing isn't nearly as violent as Tiger's was. In particular, Tiger's lower body was much jerkier than Adam's.

Part of what makes Adam's swing so good is just how quiet his body stays during his swing, especially given how tall Adam is. Here are a couple of videos from almost a year ago. The first video is particularly interesting because, after several views of the actual swing at different speeds, you get to see one of Adam's practice swings. Interesting stuff...

The main thing I want to point out in these videos is how quiet his body is during the swing -- especially when you compare the full swing to the practice swing. There's not a lot of hip sliding from side to side, which would also cause excess upper body lean. Note that Adam's stance is much narrower during his practice swing. If he moves too much, he's not going to keep his balance.

And I'm pointing this out because Adam himself points it out! In this video from Titleist, listen to the tip he gives. There are several players on this video; Adam is number 2 and his bit starts just after the :35 mark:

Keep your arms and body in synch, he says, to minimize extra movement. He says it's a rhythm thing, and that's a good way to describe it. (Some instructors would call it a sequencing thing, but the two concepts are intertwined.) It may seem that I've been riding this particular horse for several posts now, but I can't over-emphasize it enough. The more excess movement you have in your swing, the more difficult it is to make solid contact with the ball or keep your swing on plane... which means you lose both distance and control.

There's a reason Adam Scott rewrote history on Sunday. It can help you rewrite your playing history as well.

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