Billy Casper Golf Swing

Golf Sage - Monday, July 08, 2013

Billy Casper has a very smooth and fluid swing, but he makes some mistakes:
1.      At address, Billy bends over the ball too much at the waist.  It is better to keep your upper body more erect and stand taller.  This more erect upper body posture makes it easier to keep perfect balance throughout your swing.  You will hit the ball farther because good balance is an important source of power in the golf swing.
2.      At address, Billy’s left arm and the club shaft do not form a straight line down to the ball.  This is because he plays the ball too far forward in his stance, so his hands are even with the ball, not ahead of the ball.  The address position usually previews the impact position on the downswing, so Billy may not be delivering his maximum power to strike the ball.
3.      At address, Billy’s right foot is not perfectly square to the target line; it is slightly turned out.  This makes it harder to keep your weight on the inside of the right foot as the backswing proceeds.  If your weight transfers to the outside of the right foot, it is difficult to keep your right leg in position and your right knee pointed in throughout the backswing.  These two factors enable you to restrict the hip turn and maximize the shoulder turn, which creates maximum coil in the upper body at the top of the backswing, so you can deliver your maximum power at impact.  If your weight transfers to the outside of your right foot instead of to the inside of your right foot, it is harder to stay balanced at the end of your backswing. This makes it more difficult to smoothly start your downswing move with the legs and quickly start transferring your body weight back to the left side to generate maximum power at impact.  Thus, Billy make not be delivering his most powerful swing to the ball at impact.
4.      During the backswing, Billy’s left knee pops out, away from his body, instead of working toward his right knee.  This affects perfect balance at the top of the backswing, as your weight is likely transferred to the right heel and outside of the right foot instead of where it should be—the inside of the right foot.  Perfect balance is a key factor in the player’s ability to smoothly and quickly start the downswing back to the left side with a hard leg drive, thereby delivering maximum power at impact.  Billy may be sacrificing some distance on his shots because of his left knee movement on the backswing.
5.      At the top of the backswing, Billy has turned his hips too far to the right.  A restricted hip turn is key to generating maximum power at impact.  To deliver your most powerful strike at impact, it is critical to combine a restricted hip turn with big shoulder turn, creating the strongest possible coil in your upper body, which your legs lead through impact.  Billy is not hitting the ball as far as he could be.
Please see Golf Swing Fundamentals Checklist blog entry for a complete and detailed explanation of the key fundamentals that produce the perfect golf swing.
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