Ernie Els Golf Swing

Golf Sage - Monday, March 26, 2012




Ernie Els has a smooth, rhythmic golf swing, but he makes these mistakes:

1.      At address, Ernie’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, Ernie make not be delivering his most powerful swing to the ball at impact.
2.      During the backswing, Ernie’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. Ernie may be sacrificing some distance on his shots because of his left knee movement on the backswing.
3.      As Ernie’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.
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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