Jim Furyk Golf Swing

Golf Sage - Thursday, February 28, 2013

Jim Furyk is an excellent golfer with a repeatable golf swing, but he makes these swing mistakes:
1.     At address, Jim 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, Jim’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.  Jim makes the complicating move on the backswing of shifting his left foot ¼ turn out toward the target.

3.     On the takeaway, Jim brings the clubhead inside too soon.  It is best to take the clubhead straight back for 12” to 18.”  This creates a wide and long swing arc.  The longer your swing arc, the farther you can hit the ball.
4.     During the backswing, Jim’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.  Jim may be sacrificing some distance on his shots because of his left knee movement on the backswing.
5.     As Jim’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.
6.     Jim 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.  Jim 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.
7.     Jim raises his head up to the left as he swings through impact!  It is very hard to consistently hit the ball squarely and solidly when your eyes are not looking directly at the ball.  Keep your head down until well after impact.  This means your head remained still during impact, ensuring the downswing stayed on the proper plane and the clubhead stayed square at the moment of impact.  Keeping your head down until well after impact also allows you to extend your swing down the target line, ensuring a square clubface at impact and producing very accurate shots. 
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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