Webb Simpson Golf Swing

Golf Sage - Friday, March 30, 2012

Webb Simpson has a fast, fluid golf swing, but he makes these mistakes:

1.      Webb’s grip is slightly strong, with both hands turned a little clockwise as he grips the club. This grip produces more power when you strike the ball, but often leads to more inconsistency in delivering a square clubface at impact.  Webb may be losing consistent accuracy because it is difficult to release his wrists the same way through the ball every swing when he grips the club with both hands turned a bit clockwise.

2.      At address, Webb’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.

3.      During the backswing, Webb’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. Webb may be sacrificing some distance on his shots because of his left knee movement on the backswing.
4.      As Webb’s backswing nears the top, his right elbow slightly 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 left-to-right, 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, Webb has turned his hips too far 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.  Webb is not hitting the ball as far as he could be.
6.      At the top of the backswing, Webb has swung the club shaft slightly 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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