Charl Schwartzel Golf Swing

Golf Sage - Wednesday, December 28, 2011


Charl Schwartzel won the 2011 Masters, but he makes these swing mistakes:
 
1.      At address, Charl 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, Charl’s right foot is not exactly square to the target line; it is slightly turned out to the right. 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, Charl make not be delivering his most powerful swing to the ball at impact.
3.      As his backswing proceeds, Charl’s left knee pops out away from his body instead of continuing to point in, working toward the 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.  Charl may be sacrificing some distance on his shots because of his left knee movement on the backswing.
4.      As Charl’s backswing nears the top, his right elbow flies away from his body, making it more difficult to get on the proper downswing plane, one that is flat enough.  When your right elbow flies away from the right side of your rib cage at the top of the backswing, there is a tendency to swing on too upright of a downswing plane, from outside-to-inside, cutting across the ball and causing a slice.  It is very difficult to consistently return the right elbow to your right side on the first half of the downswing to return to the proper, flatter downswing plane and deliver a square clubface to the ball at impact.
5.      Charl 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.  Charl 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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