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Saturday, May 17, 2014

Johnny Miller on Flat Swings

One of my requirements for a good swing is that it doesn't hurt your back. It seems that more and more players are developing back problems these days.

Johnny Miller video intro

Johnny Miller played "back in the day" when high hands and upright swings -- and reverse-C finishes -- were the way to play. But Johnny says that's no longer the case, and he did an article and video for explaining why it's changed and how to make the change to a flatter swing if you want to see how it works.

Johnny notes that the most accurate players have tended to have flat swings (a la Jim Hardy's one-plane swing) -- even back in the 1980s -- and such swings allow you to turn through the shot faster without hurting your back. If you're thinking about changing your swing, this might be something you'd want to consider.

You'll still hear instructors recommending high hands if you want to get more distance with your swing, but the flatter swings of Matt Kuchar and Zach Johnson aren't all that short. This article and video are short. Give them a quick look. Johnny demonstrates the swing near the end of the video.

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