Gary Woodland Golf Swing

Golf Sage - Saturday, December 29, 2012

Gary Woodland has a very powerful golf swing, but he makes these swing mistakes:
1.     At address, Gary’s left foot should be turned out ¼ turn toward the target, not square to the target line.  When the left foot is turned out toward the target, it is easier to drive and clear your hips and knees through impact ahead of your coiled upper body, producing your most powerful strike to the ball.  Notice how Gary makes the complicating move to reposition his left foot ¼ turn toward the target during the downswing.

2.     At address, Gary’s left arm and the club shaft do not form a straight line down to the ball.  This is because he positions his hands behind 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 Gary may not be delivering his maximum power to strike the ball.
3.     During the backswing, Gary’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.

4.     At the top of the backswing, Gary 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.  Gary 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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