Posts Tagged ‘degree angle’

Nick Faldo Downhill Iron Swing Analysis

Monday, July 14th, 2008

Nick Faldo Downhill Iron Swing Analysis

For most of 90s, my two favorite golfers were Nick Faldo and Greg Norman.  They always seemed to win tournaments more than others during that time and also shared number one and two of the world back and forth.

Although Nick Faldo may be a sportscaster right now, he may be the best pro golfer to be a sportscaster.

You look at some of the other guys but no one else has an extensive resume like the Masters winner Nick Faldo.

I’ve even bought every book he wrote and although they were all too technical and confusing for most hackers, Nick is really good at details of the golf swing.

Let’s take a look at his downhill iron swing here.

For the downhill iron shot, Nick Faldo sets up with his weight favoring his right and his ball about center of his stance to make up for the hill.

At takeaway, Nick sets his wrists slightly early but looks very good.

At top of Nick’s swing, he has a perfect 90 degree angle between the arm and the club while not swinging more than 3/4 of his full backswing.

On half-way down, notice the 90 degree of lag Nick has.  A lot of tour pros go beyond the 90 degrees which is not necessary and Nick proves the point here.  Too much lag can actually produce a smaller swing arc.

At impact, Nick looks really good.

After impact, Nick chases down the slope with his arms, fully releasing his club.

At finish, Nick looks very good, standing super tall.

Nick Faldo has one of the best swings in golf with one of the best rhythms to go with it.

If he kept playing competitively, he would have won couple more majors but I am surprised he decided to retire from competitive golf.

Here’s Nick Faldo’s downhill iron swing in slow-motion explained by the man himself:

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Having Nick on golf channels is a really good thing.  I rather hear him saying stuff than an Peter Kostis.

Junger Woods – How to Hit Knock Down Shots!

Friday, May 30th, 2008

Well, here we go again, I got the golf buzz and had to go out hit some balls again…

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K. J. Choi Swing Analysis!

Friday, May 23rd, 2008

Here’s swing analysis of K. J. Choi, a very good Korean golfer on the PGA Tour.

Here’s his takeaway, Choi breaks his wrists early but the important part is how well he kept his triangle. (the triangle formed by his arms and shoulder)

On his 3/4 backswing, you can see that KJ has fully cocked his wrists and notice how steady his lower body is. That might be secret to his consistency.

At the top of Choi’s swing, you can see a very good lower body balance and he does not overswing, stopping slight before the club reaches parallel point to the surface.  What I like most about his backswing is it looks so stable as if he’s ready to give a nice knock out punch.

Balance is the key on the backswing.  You should be able to be in this position in perfect balance.

On his downswing, Choi dips his head a little too much, which is explanation why he took such a big divot on this 6-iron shot.   Other than that, he does transfer weight well to his left feet and also maintains a very good 90 degree angle between his arms and the club, a must for any A-class golfer.

What you should learn from this position is Choi’s lower body transfer, this is where all his power comes from, the rotation and the weight transfer.

At impact, watch how straight his left arm and the club are together.  This guarantees you to hit the ball very very straight, although KJ is currently working on the power fade.  You will see this position on any pro golfer who wins a lot of tournaments.

Finally, but not least, check out how well KJ extends both of his arms after the ball is hit.  This is another key factor in a good swing.  (Check out the triangle, isn’t it beautiful?  Great golf swings always have triangles everywhere)

Now here’s a video of it in action:

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