Bobby Jones Golf Swing

Golf Sage - Thursday, January 03, 2013

Bobby Jones has a very smooth, fluid golf swing.  He is the only golfer in history that has won the 4 Major Tournaments in the same calendar year.  By modern standards, he makes these swing mistakes:
1.     Bobby stands a bit stiff-legged at address.  Keep your knees well flexed at address. Your legs feel like you are ready to jump straight up in the air. It is better to put a little more flex in your knees, so the leg muscles are less tense and better able to deliver maximum power at impact.
2.     At address, Bobby’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, Bobby may not be delivering his most powerful swing to the ball at impact.
3.     At address, Bobby’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, across from his left foot rather than inside his left heel.  His hands are positioned even with the ball rather than ahead of the ball, across from his left thigh.  The address position usually previews the impact position on the downswing, so Bobby may not be delivering his maximum power to strike the ball.
4.     On the backswing, Bobby takes the clubhead back inside too soon.  It is important to take the clubhead straight back for 12” to 18.”  This creates a wide and long swing arc.  The longer your swing arc, the farther you can hit the ball.
5.     During the backswing, Bobby’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.  Bobby may be sacrificing some distance on his shots because of his left knee movement on the backswing.
6.     At the top of the backswing, Bobby has turned his hips too far around 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.  Bobby is not hitting the ball as far as he could be.
7.     At the top of the backswing, Bobby has swung the club shaft past parallel to the ground, making too long of a backswing.  This makes it harder to control the club on the downswing and consistently deliver a square clubface at impact, producing straight shots.
8.     Bobby drops his head down as he swings through impact.  This move makes it very hard to keep in perfect balance before and at impact.  Great balance is an important source of power in the golf swing, and it ensures a still head at the moment of impact.  It is critical to keep your head still at impact so your shoulders do not rise up early—taking your swing off the proper downswing plane and making it impossible to deliver a square clubface at impact.
9.     Bobby hits against a stiff left leg at impact, which means his legs quit driving at the target just before impact, and he is making an upper body swing at the ball.  A strong, fast, smooth leg drive through the ball naturally pulls the coiled upper body and produces maximum clubhead acceleration through impact.  Bobby is losing power in his golf swing by not driving the legs to smoothly and fully transfer his body weight back to his left side through impact.
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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