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Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Strike Like Lightning

Blixt lightning, that is! I thought I'd take a quick look at the full swing of Jonas Blixt, and this little video from GolfWeek is perfect.

There are a number of things we could study here, but the main thing I want to focus on is his body movement... or lack thereof. He moves a lot less than many of you do.

At address his weight is slightly more on his lead side. Take a good look at his lead knee -- it's very nearly over the ball at address, and at the top of his backswing it's just barely behind the ball. His knee is actually farthest away from the ball at impact, when it's slightly nearer to the target than if was at address!

I know a lot of you aren't as flexible as Jonas, but that's not particularly important here. The technique is. This, btw, is one of the basic ideas behind Stack and Tilt -- namely, keeping your weight slightly more on your lead side throughout your swing to encourage a downward strike on the ball.

I'd also like you to notice that his upper body doesn't move a lot from side-to-side, front-to-back, or up-and-down. There IS some movement -- I don't want you to think he's holding his body rigid or anything -- but he's not lunging away from or toward the ball. He's focused on making solid contact at impact by turning his body.

You probably heard all the talk about how Jonas isn't hitting the ball particularly well, either off the tee or onto the green. I bet you also heard that he's putting well. (He did this week, but he hasn't this year -- he's only 47th on Tour.) But here's the deal -- even with all his problems this year, his scrambling has been good. In fact, he's been on Tour for two years now and has two wins... and he was 16th in Scrambling last year and he's 15th this year.

That consistency in scrambling is a result of this overall swing technique. It keeps him steady over the ball so that, even when his long game suffers, he continues to hit his short shots well. Solid contact is the basis of a good short game. (Think about the number of players you've seen lose because of flubbed chips or pitches.) Jonas never has to think about a special setup for short shots because it's the same setup he uses all the time.

So that's a simple technique you can learn from the Lightning Boy. And when your contact at impact improves, there's no telling what kind of improvement you might see in your game.

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