Kenny Perry Swing Analysis
Congratulations to Kenny Perry today, who won the Memorial Tournament for the 3 times in his life, matching Tiger Woods’ record, the only other person to have won 3 times.
Kenny Perry hits more fairways and greens than his swing “looks”, a proof that consistency doesn’t come from a perfect swing but a “consistent” swing.
Today, we will be looking at Kenny Perry’s swing and why he hits so many fairways and green.
At address, Kenny’s shoulders are slightly closed, which is a good thing for in-to-out swing.
On his takeaway, Kenny is slight inside the plane, which is perfectly acceptable.
At about half-way through his swing, Kenny gets very “upright”, which is okay. In my experience, players with slightly upright swings do better than flatter swings under pressure. (Sorta like baseball, you want to be a little more vertical on the backswing and flatter on the downswing)
At the of his swing, kenny is very “upright”, but this is something a lot of good players do including Jack Nicklaus, John Daly, and Fred Couples. But this type of swing does put a lot of pressure on your back so that’s the only bad part about “upright” swings.
With an upright swing, the player has more ability to put more backspin on the ball, which is good for hitting the ball very very straight, although your ball flight is harder to control against the wind.
Kenny Perry has also lifted his head a little from his head position at address. This is something Kenny has done for a long time so it’s kinda hard to fix and he “lives” with it. You can tell that Kenny does not look super stable when he swings, but he is so good with his faults, it doesn’t affect him much.
Half-way during the downswing, you can see the Kenny actually gets slightly inside the red plane line and is in perfect position. Also notice how much his head “dipped”. This is something Kenny has done all his life, and again, he can’t fix it.
At impact, Kenny’s shoulder are still inside-out, meaning his going to hit the ball perfectly from the inside.
This is something every great pro tour does.
Kenny Perry is proof that you don’t need a perfect swing to win on the PGA tour or even play great golf.
Even he will probably tell you that his head moves around too much and he “dips” his head on the downswing.
Sometimes, golf swing faults are simply permanent and you as a golfer, must live with it.
It’s not a bad thing as all if you can repeat your own fault every time you swing that club. Kenny is consistent because he sticks with his swing and still hits the ball perfectly because he works with his permanent faults. If he tried to change his swing to be perfect, he probably didn’t win today.
Kenny accepted his faults and simply worked with his swing rather than fight it all his life.
Are you fighting your swing faults that cannot be fixed?
Somethings can be fixed, somethings are either impossible or will take you years to fix. My suggestion is to work with your swing flaws and don’t fight them like Kenny Perry.
Great job on the win Kenny, you deserve it.
Here’s Kenny’s swing in action: