Na Yeon Choi Golf Swing

Golf Sage - Tuesday, November 13, 2012


Na Yeon Choi is an excellent young player, but her swing has some errors:
 
1.      At address, Na Yeon’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, Na Yeon’s left arm and the club shaft do not form a straight line down to the ball.  This is because she plays the ball too far forward in her stance, so her hands are positioned behind the ball rather than ahead of the ball.  The address position usually previews the impact position on the downswing, so Na Yeon may not be delivering her maximum power to strike the ball.
3.      During the backswing, Na Yeon’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.  Na Yeon may be sacrificing some distance on her shots because of her left knee movement on the backswing.
4.      As Na Yeon’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.      At the top of the backswing, Na Yeon 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.  Na Yeon is not hitting the ball as far as she could be.
6.      Na Yeon 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.  Na Yeon 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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