Mi Hyun Kim Golf Swing

Golf Sage - Sunday, February 10, 2013

Mi Hyun Kim is an excellent player, but she makes these swing mistakes:
1.     At address, Mi Hyun’s left arm and the club shaft do not form a straight line down to the ball.  This is because she positions her hands behind the ball rather than ahead of the ball, across from her left thigh.  The address position usually previews the impact position on the downswing, so Mi Hyun may not be delivering her maximum power to strike the ball.
2.     During the backswing, Mi Hyun’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.  Mi Hyun may be sacrificing some distance on her shots because of her left knee movement on the backswing.
3.     As Mi Hyun’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, Mi Hyun has turned her 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.  Mi Hyun is not hitting the ball as far as she could be.
5.     At the top of the backswing, Mi Hyun 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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