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Jack Nicklaus Golf My Way!

Wednesday, July 9th, 2008

I remember reading the book, Golf My Way, by Jack Nicklaus over and over again when I was learning to play golf.  Jack has some really great insights into golf course strategy and fading the ball.  That’s probably the major reason he won so many majors, not his swing.

Anyways, Jack did make video of Golf My Way too, here’s an excerpt on Youtube.

Part I

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Part II

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You can get Golf My Way the Book at Amazon here

Videos

Golf My Way – Full Swing Video

Golf My Way – Control Shots Video

I remember my dad used to have Golf My Way videos.  I still have them and do recommend you watch them too if you haven’t yet.

Jack Nicklaus is still the best strategy golfer of all time.

Seve Ballesteros Iron Swing Analysis

Wednesday, July 9th, 2008

Seve Ballesteros Iron Swing Analysis

Seve Ballesteros is probably the best all-time Spanish golfer until Sergio Garcia proves otherwise.

At his peak, Seve won everything.  At his downfall, Seve couldn’t even make cuts.

But the point is that he was one of the greatest golfers with one of the most creative imaginations.

It’s when he tried to perfect his swing that he got into trouble.

(If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!)

Now, if you carefully, Seve uses a “forward-press” by moving his weight forward before he begins.  This is actually a pretty good idea but not that many tour pros are using it lately.

At the top of Seve’s swing, he looks pretty good with his weight transferred to the right side.

After impact, Seve does a real good job of transferring weight to back to the left.

What Seve did good was not hit great perfect tee shots.  Actually, he hit them all over the place.

Seve was really good at hitting trouble shots out of the rough, tree, and etc…etc…

If he kept that going, he might have won 10 more majors but the swing mechanic bug hit him hard.

Here’s Seve Ballesteros Iron Swing at 1986 Masters:

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1986 PGA Championship – Bob Tway Chips in to win by one over Greg Norman!

Wednesday, July 9th, 2008

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The greatest part about today’s internet is the fact that we can look back at history at the click of a button.

Here’s Bob Tway’s chip shot that went in to beat Greg Norman by one shot.

This is the reason why you need to keep playing golf until the last putt is holed. (or the last bunker shot in this case)

Woody Austin Iron Swing Analysis

Tuesday, July 8th, 2008

Woody Austin Iron Swing Analysis

Woody Austin is one of those players I like because of his personality, not his swing.  He cracks me up with some of the things he has achieved.

Let’s look at his swing.  His setup looks pretty good.

Takeaway looks good too.  Woody doesn’t transfer much weight to the right but that’s okay.   (I don’t either because I end up swaying)

At top of Woody’s swing, Woody looks very good.  Pay attention to his lower body action.

At half-way down, take a look at how well Woody has transferred his weight to the left.  This reminds me of Ben Hogan.

At impact, notice how far his hips have transferred and how straight his left arm and the club is.

After impact, Woody is still in really great shape.

Woody Austin might not win a lot of tournaments but heck, he’s always on the leaderboard.

His swing might be one of the best hidden swings on the PGA Tour.

Here’s Woody Austin’s swing in slow motion:

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China to host first LPGA tournament in October!

Tuesday, July 8th, 2008

China will be hosting its very first LPGA tournament this October. Although LPGA is held in many other countries, it’s nice to see it held in China, not that I’d want to go there.  (just my personal preferences)

World number two Annika Sorenstam will top the bill when China stages its first LGPA tournament, the $1.8 million Grand China Air in October.

Golf has boomed in the world’s most populous nation in recent years and six men’s European Tour co-sanctioned events took place in greater China last year.

The new event will take place from Oct. 24-26 at the Hainan West Coast Golf Club in Haikou, the capital of the island dubbed “China’s Hawaii”.

Sorenstam, who is bowing out of competitive golf at the end of this season, said the new tournament would be a major milestone for the LPGA.

Charlie Wi Driver Swing Analysis

Tuesday, July 8th, 2008

Charlie Wi is one of the Korean golfers who have been coming up in the last couple years.  I guess he is using Stack and Tilt swing now but let’s take a look.

To me, Stack and Tilt isn’t a new way of swinging, it’s simply teachers re-making golf swing.

At takeaway, Charlie gets way too inside.  Look at his hands, it’s almost inside his body.

At half-way up, Charlie looks pretty good.

At the top, Charlie is in pretty much perfect plane.

At half-way down, Charlie looks really good and also standing VERY TALL.

At impact, Charlie is looking great.

Charlie Wi has a great swing regardless of what “swing” he is using.  The only iffy part is that his hands get way too inside on the takeaway but he does everything else well.

Here’s Charlie Wi’s stack and tilt Driver swing in action:

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Fred Funk Driver Swing Analysis

Tuesday, July 8th, 2008

For many years, Fred Funk has always been one of the straightest drivers on the PGA Tour and his swing has never changed. (probably because of that)

Let’s look at what makes his swing “tick”.

At setup, Fred looks pretty good.  Notice that his sets with his ball outside the ball.  Kinda unusual but some pros do this to hit inside-out.

At takeaway, Fred is doing pretty good, maybe slightly inside the plane. (Plane is a little off here because the camera angle is slightly closed)

At half-way, Fred looks pretty good.

At top of Fred’s swing, his in perfect plane except that his clubface is really shut.  This isn’t great for hooking the ball but let’s find out how he manages to hit the ball straight with this backswing.

At half-way down, Fred is lookin’ good.

At impact, notice how much his hips have turned (maybe 45 degrees) and his shoulders.

Fred must really drive his hips in order to hit the ball straight but he hits straight alrighty.

After impact, Fred is in good shpae.

Fred’s swing requires a lot of hand-eye coordination and lots of lower body movement to hit it well.  Fred might need a hip surgery when he gets older due to the fact he must really drive his hips.

Don’t swing like Fred if you want to play golf for a long time but Fred is still one of the straightest drivers on the tour.

Here’s Fred Funk’s funky swing in action:

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Robert Allenby Driver Swing Analysis

Tuesday, July 8th, 2008

Robert Allenby is one of those guys who don’t win often but ALWAYS finishes up at Top 10 at most PGA tournaments.

Let’s look at the Aussie’s swing.

At address, Robert looks pretty good with a textbook setup.

At takeaway, Robert is in perfect plane.

At half-way, Robert goes slightly upright but it’s okay.

At top os Robert’s swing, he is slightly upright again but it’s acceptable.

Half-way down, Robert is poised nicely for an inside-out hit.

At impact, Robert looks perfect.  I love this position where hips and shoulders are just slightly open while the left arm and the club are very straight with the right elbow bent slightly.

After impact, Robert’s club is on perfect plane, standing very tall.  All great stuff, no wonder this guy’s always on the leaderboard.

Finish looks great.  Now, Robert Allenby’s swing really reminds me of Stuart Appleby’s swing.  Is that because they are both Aussies and the fact that both of their last names end in “by”?

Lol… we never know but Robert Allenby must be a distant cousin of Stuart Appleby for sheezy.

Here’s Robert Allenby’s Driver swing in action:

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Tim Herron Iron Swing Analysis

Tuesday, July 8th, 2008

Tim Herron Iron Swing Analysis

I remember when Tim Herron won his 1st PGA tournament.  Tim Herron has always been one of those players who could win a PGA tournament any day.  Let’s look at his swing.

At takeaway, Tim is in perfect plane.

At half-way, Tim is again in perfect plane, maybe slightly inside.

At the top, Tim’s slightly outside the plane, which is perfectly acceptable.

At half-way down, Tim is in good position, maybe slightly outside the plane.

After impact, notice how tall Tim stands and the triangle formed by his arms and shoulders, nice….

What I like most about Tim’s swing is his finish, his body perfectly straight.  This type of finish is very good for your back.

Here’s Tim Herron’s swing in action:

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Jeff Overton Iron Swing Analysis

Monday, July 7th, 2008

Jeff Overton Iron Swing Analysis

Jeff Overton is one of those young guys on the PGA Tour who haven’t really proved themselves yet but have a lot of potential to do so.  Let’s look at the young star’s swing.

At address, Jeff sets up with his hands way ahead of his ball, an unusual setup.

At takeaway, Jeff breaks down his wrists early.

At top of his swing, note the position of his head.

Look at how far his head has dipped at half-way down.

At impact, notice that his head has dipped probably around 5-8 inches from his backswing.

After impact, Jeff does pretty good in extending the club.

At finish, Jeff’s left foot AND right foot has slided about 10 degrees to his left, sign that he needs to work on his footing.

Jeff Overton’s swing may not be the worst on tour but he really needs to work on not dipping as much and his footing.

Clearly, this isn’t a swing that can win majors or any PGA tour tournament unless his short game and putting is just like a miracle.

With some swing changes, this young man could really win some tournaments though.  It’s hard to believe even that he made it to the PGA Tour with this swing.

Here’s Jeff Overton’s swing in action:

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