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Thursday, January 16, 2020

Jazz Does the Twist (Video)

Many of you may be unfamiliar with Thai golfer Jazz Janewattananond's swing. But considering how well he plays, you might want to see what he does.

Although, to be honest, I can't do it...

The key to Jazz's swing is that he keeps a fair amount of weight on his trailing toes during his downswing. This allows him to use his toe as a pivot point, not unlike a figure skater spinning, as his lead hip moves rapidly out of the way. We've seen a similar move from Patrick Reed and other players, as his lead foot 'hops' to a more open stance at impact.

That toe spin can be seen (from behind) very clearly around the :06 second mark in the video.

Jazz's move creates a lot of clubhead speed but it strikes me as more of a young man's move. It puts a lot of stress on his lower back -- at least it does on mine -- as you can see from his exaggerated reverse-C position at impact.

It's not a move I'd recommend -- you all know how I feel about swings that encourage back problems. But only you can decide if it's right for you or not. One thing is for sure: With four wins in the last year, it's been a very effective move for Jazz.

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