Davis Love Golf Swing

Golf Sage - Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Davis Love has a tremendous golf swing, but he makes these 3 errors during the backswing:
  1. During the backswing, Davis’ left knee slightly 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.  Davis may be sacrificing some distance on his shots because of his left knee movement on the backswing.
  2. As Davis’ backswing nears the top, his right elbow slightly 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.
  3. At the top of the backswing, Davis has rotated 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 to the ball, 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.  Davis is losing some power in his swing with too much of a hip turn on the backswing.
Davis Love is a consistently successful professional because he executes many fundamentals perfectly:
  1. At address, Davis stands with a good flex in his knees.  This is important because the legs are free from muscular tension, so he can drive his legs hard and smooth through impact and utilize all the power from the large muscles of the legs.
  2. At address, Davis’ right foot is set perfectly square to the target line.  This makes it easy to keep your weight on the inside of the right foot as the backswing proceeds.  When you do this, you naturally keep your right leg in address 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.  When your weight stays on the inside of your right foot, it is easy to stay balanced at the top of your backswing.  This makes it simple 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.
  3. At address, Davis’ left arm and the club shaft form a straight line down to the ball.  This address position previews the impact position on the downswing.  When the left arm and club shaft form a straight line at impact, you deliver maximum power to the ball strike.
  4. On the takeaway, Davis takes the club back straight, low, and slow for 18.”  He brings it back straight a long way, which creates a wide and long swing arc.  The longer your swing arc, the farther you can hit the ball.
  5. Throughout the backswing, Davis’ right leg retains its address position and his right knee stays pointed in.  So his upper body and shoulders turn around a stable lower body base, stretching the coil tight in his upper body.  This produces more distance when the legs lead a highly-coiled upper body through impact.
  6. Davis keeps his left arm straight throughout the backswing.  This ensures the longest possible swing arc, which produces your longest possible shots.
  7. At the top of the backswing, Davis swings the club shaft back to parallel to the ground.  This makes it easy to control the club on the downswing, smoothly accelerating the clubhead to a square impact position.   
  8. Davis initiates his downswing with a strong, fast, smooth leg drive through the ball, which naturally pulls his coiled upper body and produces maximum clubhead acceleration through impact.  This great transfer of weight back to his left side through impact produces straight, high, powerful shots.
  9. On the downswing, Davis returns his flying right elbow back to the right side of the rib cage, which puts him on the proper downswing plane.  This allows him to swing from the inside and deliver a square clubface at impact instead of executing the downswing on too steep a plane, resulting in the clubhead traveling on a left-to-right path and causing a sliced ball flight.
  10. On the downswing, Davis preserves the angle of his cocked wrists as long as possible.  It is not until the second half of the downswing that his wrists release.  The later in the downswing the wrists release, the more leverage your swing has, and the more power you can deliver at impact.
  11. On the follow-through, Davis keeps his head down until well after impact, until the hands have reached waist-high, when his chin starts digging into his right shoulder, forcing the head to come up.  Keeping your head down this long after impact insures that your head was still at impact.  It is critical that your head is still at impact so that your clubhead stays on the proper downswing plane and your clubface contacts the ball squarely.  Keeping your head down until well after impact produces amazingly straight golf shots.
  12. Davis completes his swing with a hands high finish and stands in perfect balance, with all his weight transferred to the left leg.  Perfect balance at the completion of your swing indicates you have efficiently delivered all of your power through impact.

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