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Rod Pampling Driver Swing Vision Swing Analysis

Monday, July 7th, 2008

Let’s look at Rod Pampling’s driver swing here.  He has a swing that “over-rotates” during the backswing and the follow-through.

At address, Rod is a little bit too much over the ball but sitting very tall.

At takeaway, Rod’s club is nicely on-plane except notice that even his clubface is on-plane. (Normally, you want the clubface edge pointing up at the sky at this point)

At half-way point, Rod is in perfectly on-plane, nice….

Again, at the top, Rod is doing really well.

At half-way down, Rod is doing great again, pretty much on-plane.

At impact, notice how much Rod’s hips and shoulders have turned.  This is because he “over-rotates” his body on the backswing.  It’s not an easy swing to repeat.

After impact, Rod is slightly inside the plane, meaning he used his wrists a little to square the club.

Again, this is probably due to his over-rotations.

At finish, Rod looks pretty good.

Rod Pampling could really benefit from swinging with less rotation.  Then again, if he has been swinging like this for last 20 years, I wouldn’t change it, just go working on my putting more.

Here’s Rod Pampling’s swing in action:

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Swing Faults At Impact – Being Too Square with the Shoulders

Monday, July 7th, 2008

Swing Faults At Impact - Being Too Square with the Shoulders

I did go out to the range the other day and took a small video.  Although I was hitting the ball fairly good, my impact position was too sqaure.

Here’s my impact position compared to Ben Crane and Adam Baddeley:

If you look carefully, both of these guys have their shoulder slightly open.

Now, what I’ve found out is that, I tend to get my lower body too close to the ball near the impact, causing me to hold on to my release, thereby causing an open shoulders and also annoying hooks once in a while since I have to “flip” my wrists slightly after impact.

But the most interesting thing I found was in my practice swing.  As you can see, this is a snapshot of my practice swing impact position.  The shoulders are slightly open and the hands are exactly where I want them.

Next time, I will try to stand a little taller during the swing and that should help me fix the kink.

Darn, if I could only swing like my practice swings…

AT&T National Winner – Anthony Kim!

Sunday, July 6th, 2008

Anthony Kim comes up with a win at this week’s AT&T National as predicted hours before.

Anthony Kim now is 5th on the FedEx Cup rankings and also move up a lot on World Rankings.

5 birdies, 13 pars for a 5-under 66, very good stuff.

Congrats to another win Anthony and keep up your good work.

I’d definitely would like to see AT&T National to move back to Pebble Beach though.

You can check out my swing analysis of Anthony Kim here.

More Anthony Kim swing videos.

Here’s a video of Anthony Kim’s swing on the 16th hole from yesterday:

(Today, he couldn’t go for the green due to a bad tee shot but still made a great birdie)

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Anthony Kim Wins AT&T National 2008!

Sunday, July 6th, 2008

Okay, the headline was a 12-hour pre-prediction that Anthony Kim will win today’s AT&T National.

Currently, Anthony Kim leads the field by 2 at 11-under par.

This young man has a great future ahead of him.  I won’t be surprised if he keeps winning more tournaments this year.

Hurray, go Anthony! :)

Tiger Woods Swing Plane Secret Revealed Part II

Saturday, July 5th, 2008

Remember I revealed the secret of Tiger Woods swing plane secret little bit ago?

Well, here’s another photoshopped image of Tiger Woods’ backswing plane.

If you can imagine the plane formed by the red-circles I drew, you will quickly notice that Tiger is actually on an “inside-out” plane.

What can you learn from this?

Try swinging the club more inside to out. Backswing is always better suited for slightly inside-out planes than the other way around.

Tom Pernice Jr. Driver Swing Analysis

Saturday, July 5th, 2008

Here’s a swing analysis of Tom Pernice Jr., who is currently leading the AT&T National tournament at 10 under par.

At takeaway, Tom is in good position. (he’s slightly inside the plane but that’s okay as many tour pros use this position)

At half-way, Tom is slightly inside the plane, which is perfectly fine.

At the top of his swing, Tom is perfectly on-plane.

On the downswing, Tom is slightly inside the plane, meaning he will he from the inside out.

At impact, Tom looks pretty good although his arms could be streched a little more.

After impact, Tom is slightly inside the plane. Usually, most tour players are outside the plane at this point but Tom’s club is slightly inside because he sorta swings more “around” himself. This is not a super bad thing but it can cause some really bad duck hooks at tiimes.

Finish is textbook for Tom as his body stands very tall and high.

Here’s Tom Pernice Jr.’s driver swing in slow-motion:

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Here’s Tom Pernice Jr.’s driver swing in action:

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Ben Hogan’s Secrets in his Swing Video!

Friday, July 4th, 2008

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Today, I was watching Ben Hogan’s swing on YouTube and found a secret, that is of Ben Hogan’s swing.

What is it?

The secret is when Ben Hogan finishes his swing.  Watch very carefully and you will notice that Ben Hogan never swings full out on his irons, woods, and etc…etc…

He seems to slow down shortly after impact and the finish looks more graceful while not wasting extra energy.

So how do I do it?

You gotta really think of a “balanced” finish, a swing that slows down near the very end.

You need to think feel that you are swinging a momentum ball.  If you go too fast, you will lose control of the momentum ball at your finish.  If you can control a heavy ball, that’d be how you want to finish in golf.

In Bee Park – Korean Golfer Wins Women’s US Open!

Monday, June 30th, 2008

In Bee Park - Korean Golfer Wins Women\'s US Open!

It’s not that often a 19 year old wins a U.S. Open, except that InBee Park just did it.

She’s a 19 year old Korean American who has won many other events including 2 U.S. Girls Open in 2002 and 2003, a feat matched only by likes of Tiger Woods.

I did notice her name couple years back but it looks like she has finally broken through by winning a major.

As for female Korean professional golfers, they now now have won 3 of the last 10 U.S. Opens, making them second in the number of U.S. Opens won next to the American ladies in the last 10 years.

Not a bad feat as a whole but the real question is, “why are Korean women golfers winning a LOT?”

What do I mean is that you look at the leaderboard of any LPGA tournament and you will see at least 1 or 2 Korean golfers at the top.

If you ask me, I can tell you that Korean women have always been genetically good at sports that require aiming.  Other than that, they do have rigurous golf schools designed to bring new professional athletes in Korea.  They don’t even have to go to school really, they just play golf all day long.  Now, I don’t think that’s the best way to raise a kid but if your kid’s winning LPGA tournaments at age 19, that’s not bad either.

Heck, I thought Michelle Wie was going to be women’s Tiger Woods.   Maybe she will one day but at this moment, all attention goes to In Bee Park, winner of this year’s U.S. Open and well deserved.

More info on U.S. Women’s Open 2008 here

Kenny Perry Iron Swing Analysis

Monday, June 30th, 2008

Yey, Kenny Perry wins this week’s Buick Open. Although not an avid fan of Kenny Perry, he certainly has proven himself by winning twice this year and also coming up runner-up once.

So, why is Kenny winning at 48 years old while all the youngsters in the 20s are struggling?

Well, golf is a game of smart thinking more than it’s about power and accuracy.

Kenny Perry does not have a perfect swing by any means but he does very consistent with his swing, mostly controlled by arms and hands.

At top of Kenny’s swing, you can note that his left shoulder comes over his right leg.

On the downswing, Kenny keeps his lower body quiet while letting the hands and arms do most of the work.

At impact, you can see clearly that Kenny really “swings” the club rather than hit the ball.

After impact, notice how Kenny’s right foot is implanted on the ground. Kenny really tries to swing nice and smooth, which is what is required for a hands and arms swing.

If Kenny swung any harder, all his balls would hook or go left.

What to learn from Kenny’s iron swing?

You need to note that in order to be accurate with your irons, you need to let the club do most of the work for you. Of course, you can give the ball a real smack in the back but you probably won’t be consisten that way.

Here’s Kenny Perry’s iron swing in action:

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Ben Hogan explains his Change to a Fade

Wednesday, June 25th, 2008

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In case you don’t know about Ben Hogan’s golfing career, Ben didn’t start winning a lot of tournaments until he started to “fade” the ball from left to right.

Why?

Ben Hogan was one of the worst “hookers” of the golf ball.  In this video, Ben explains his change to a “fade”.