Mickey Wright Golf Swing

Golf Sage - Thursday, December 15, 2011

Mickey Wright has a nearly flawless swing.  I only found one minor error in her set-up position, but found she performed all the other fundamentals precisely.  This is her minor mistake:
  1. At address, Mickey’s right foot is not perfectly square to the target line; it is slightly turned out.  This makes it harder to keep your weight on the inside of the right foot as the backswing proceeds.  If your weight transfers to the outside of the right foot, it is difficult to keep your right leg in position and your right knee pointed in throughout the backswing.  These two factors enable you to restrict the hip turn and maximize the shoulder turn, which creates maximum coil in the upper body at the top of the backswing, so you can deliver your maximum power at impact.  If your weight transfers to the outside of your right foot instead of to the inside of your right foot, it is harder to stay balanced at the end of your backswing.  This makes it more difficult to smoothly start your downswing move with the legs and quickly start transferring your body weight back to the left side to generate maximum power at impact.
Mickey Wright performs many fundamentals perfectly:                                                               
  1. At address, Mickey stands with a good flex in her knees.  This is important because the legs are free from muscular tension, so she can drive her legs hard and smooth through impact and utilize all the power from the large muscles of the legs.
  2. On the takeaway, Mickey takes the club back straight, low, and slow.  She brings it back straight a long way, which creates a wide and long swing arc.  The longer your swing arc, the farther you can hit the ball.
  3. On the backswing, her left knee works back toward her right knee; it does not pop out away from the body.  This keeps her in perfect balance at the top of the backswing, with her weight shifted to the inside of the right foot.  This makes it easy to start the downswing with a hard, smooth leg drive and deliver your most powerful swing to the ball.
  4. Throughout the backswing, Mickey keeps her right leg and right knee in perfect position.  The right leg stays at the same angle it has at address, and the right knee stays pointed in.  This gives her a very stable and balanced lower body and restricts her hip turn around to the right.  Thus, the upper body and shoulders can rotate around to the right and create maximum coil in the upper body.  The tighter this coil is stretched, the farther you can hit the ball when the coil unwinds through impact.
  5. Mickey keeps her left arm straight throughout the backswing.  This produces the longest possible swing arc and allows the player to hit the ball as far as possible.
  6. At the top of the backswing, she swings the club shaft perfectly parallel to the ground.  This makes it easy to control the club on the downswing, smoothly accelerating the clubhead to a square impact position.
  7. Mickey starts the downswing with a very powerful and smooth leg drive, quickly transferring her weight back to the left side.  Her legs are clearly pulling a fully-coiled upper body throughout the downswing.
  8. On the downswing, she preserves the angle of her cocked wrists as long as possible.  It is not until the second half of the downswing that her wrists release.  The later in the downswing the wrists release, the more leverage your swing has, and the more power you can deliver at impact.
  9. Mickey really stays down and through impact, ensuring the clubface strikes the ball squarely and solidly.
  10. She keeps her head down until well after impact, until her hands reach waist-high on the follow-through. Keeping your head down this long after impact ensures that your head was still at impact.  It is critical that your head is still at impact so that your clubhead stays on the proper downswing plane and your clubface contacts the ball squarely.  Keeping your head down until well after impact promotes very solid contact with the ball and very straight shots.
  11. To complete her swing, Mickey has a high finish with the hands and stands in perfect balance.  Her body weight has completely shifted to her left foot, and her right toe points into the turf.  Perfect balance at the completion of your swing indicates you have efficiently delivered all of your power through impact.

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