Martin Kaymer Golf Swing

Golf Sage - Saturday, December 01, 2012


Martin Kaymer has a powerful, rhythmic golf swing, but he makes these mistakes:
 
1.      At address, Martin’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.

2.      At address, Martin’s left arm and the club shaft do not form a straight line down to the ball.  This is because he positions his hands slightly 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 Martin may not be delivering his maximum power to strike the ball.
3.      During the backswing, Martin’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.  Martin may be sacrificing some distance on his shots because of his left knee movement on the backswing.
4.      As Martin’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.
5.      At the top of the backswing, Martin 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.  Martin is not hitting the ball as far as he could be.
6.      At the top of the backswing, Martin 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.
7.      Martin 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.  Martin 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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