Zach Johnson Iron Swing Analysis
Zach Johnson’s swing reminds me of Ben Hogan’s swing. Here’s why:
At takeaway, note how still Zach’s head is.
At top of the swing, Zach’s head is still in the same position. A lot of golf teachers teach you to transfer weight to the right but Ben Hogan didn’t do that. (Well he did without moving his head to the right)
At halfway down, Zach actually moves forward with his head and his body, something that Ben Hogan did to prevent him from hitting his bad hook.
At impact, Zach looks pretty good with his left arm and club forming a straight line.
After impact, take a look at how well Zach extends both his arms, and also note that his wrists are straight as hell, no angles anywhere. This is the most awesome extension I’ve seen, probably slightly better than Tiger’s.
Note how Zach’s arms are extended even at finish, this is something sorta like what Ben Hogan did, although Zach does a little more extension with his left arm than needed.
Zach Johnson shows you how to extend your arms after impact.
Why is this important?
Well, the more you extend and if you extend correctly through impact, you are thereby creating a bigger arc and more room for your clubhead to stay square to the target. Now if you have bigger arc than anyone else you play with, you are more likely to hit your shots very very straight.
Increase chances of hitting the ball straight, hit more greens, and you score less.
Here’s Zach Johnson’s swing in slow-motion: