Geoff Ogilvy Golf Swing

Golf Sage - Wednesday, March 06, 2013


Geoff Ogilvy has an excellent golf swing, but he makes these swing mistakes:
 
1.     At address, Geoff’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 Geoff makes the complicating move to reposition his left foot ¼ turn toward the target during the downswing.

2.     During the backswing, Geoff’s 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.  Geoff may be sacrificing some distance on his shots because of his left knee movement on the backswing.
3.     Geoff hits against a slightly 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.  Geoff 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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