Lorena Ochoa Golf Swing

Golf Sage - Thursday, March 08, 2012

Lorena Ochoa has a smooth, rhythmic, fluid swing, but she makes these errors:

1.      At address, Lorena’s left arm and the club shaft do not form a straight line down to the ball.  This is because her hands are positioned even with the ball instead of ahead of the ball, across from her left thigh.  The address position usually previews the impact position on the downswing, so Lorena may not be delivering her maximum power to strike the ball.
2.      During the backswing, Lorena’s left knee slightly 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.  Lorena may be sacrificing some distance on her shots because of her left knee movement on the backswing.
3.      As Lorena’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.
4.      At the top of the backswing, Lorena has rotated her hips slightly too far around to the right.  A restricted hip turn is key to generating maximum power at impact.  To deliver your most powerful strike to the ball, 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.  Lorena is losing some power in her swing with too much of a hip turn on the backswing.
5.      At the top of the backswing, Lorena has swung the club shaft past parallel to the ground, making too long of a backswing.  This makes it harder to control the club on the downswing and consistently deliver a square clubface at impact, producing straight 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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