Kristy McPherson Golf Swing

Golf Sage - Friday, February 22, 2013


 
Kristy McPherson is an excellent young player, but she makes these swing mistakes:
 
1.     At address, Kristy’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 she makes the complicating move during the downswing of turning her left foot toward the target so her hips and knees can more easily clear through impact.

2.     At address, Kristy’s left arm and the club shaft do not form a straight line down to the ball.  This is because she plays the ball slightly too far forward in her stance, positioning her hands behind the ball rather than ahead of the ball.  The address position usually previews the impact position on the downswing, so Kristy may not be delivering her maximum power to strike the ball.
3.     During the backswing, Kristy’s left knee pops out, away from her body, instead of working toward her 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.  Kristy may be sacrificing some distance on her shots because of her left knee movement on the backswing.
4.     As Kristy’s backswing nears the top, her right elbow flies away from her 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.
5.     Kristy hits against a stiff left leg at impact, which means her legs quit driving at the target just before impact, and she 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.  Kristy is losing power in her golf swing by not driving the legs to smoothly and fully transfer her body weight back to her 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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