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Lucas Glover Golf Swing Analysis!

Friday, July 10th, 2009

As you probably well know, Lucas Glover edged out my former junior golf colleague Ricky Barnes during this year’s U.S. Open 2009, beating numerous great golfers like Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, and David Duval.

Needless to say, let’s go over Lucas Glover’s swing to see what makes him a “major” champion.

At address, Lucas Glover really gets his head behind the ball, his upper spine and head both tilted slightly towards the target.  This slight move helps you to hit the driver on the upswing and also makes sure your head stays behind the ball during the swing.

Lucas has a very strong grip which also goes well with this type of setup.  His feet are about 10 degrees open each.

*Notice that his head is almost over his right foot, not something you’d teach someone but it works for Lucas Glover.

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On the takeaway, Lucas Glover takes away very very wide, sorta like Tiger, I bet he tried to copy Tiger’s move here.

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About half-way, Lucas is still very “wide”.  The way Lucas Glover swing the golf club reminds me almost of a slingshot.  Don’t get me wrong though, I’ve seen a handful of great players who have a “slingshot” golf swing.  This isn’t a bad thing so if you do this, keep doing it.

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At the top of Lucas Glover’s swing (or transition since his hips are already moving down now), Lucas doesn’t overswing, he actually has a pretty compact backswing although it’s hard to notice when you see it in full speed.  Watch carefully as this is when Lucas does the “slingshot” move, he will practically drop his shoulders, arms, and hands straight down.

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I don’t know if you notice here but, Lucas Glover is coming on a very steep angle in contrast to his takeaway and backswing.  This isn’t my favorite way to swing the golf club as your shoulders and hands must compensate for the difference.

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At impact, Lucas Glover drops his body a bit (like everyone) but his feet are still on the ground and his left shoulder to the clubhead forms a perfectly straight line, probably his key to consistency.

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After impact, watch how straight both Lucas Glover’s arms are, that is really good stuff.  And also note his feet are still on the ground!!!  (and yes that is awesome.)

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Lucas Glover’s finish is what I like most about his swing.  See how straight his body is?  This isn’t just good for consistent golf, it’s also great for your back.

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Overall, I’d give Lucas Glover’s swing 8 out of 10.  Lucas didn’t win the U.S. Open with his swing, he also had some good luck with the weather and pairings.  Of course, Lucas has a really good short game and mentally “tougher” than the others.

Here’s Lucas Glover’s Golf Swing in Slow-motion video:

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The stuff you need to learn from Lucas Glover’s Swing:

1. Wide takeaway - Wide takeaway isn’t just for hitting the ball, it also let you swing more free as you can “feel” the centripetal force as you swing back.

If you want to learn to do a wide takeaway, simply put only your right hand on the club and try to swing back like you are holding a slingshot.  If you can feel that, apply it on your real swing.

2. Stable Impact - You want to learn to hit the golf ball without losing your balance.  Next time you are on the range, try to develop a stable impact position by “staying up” through impact.  You will almost feel like you are standing up at impact if you do this right.  In fact, you want to feel like you are standing up during your whole swing.

3. Great Finish – Great finish usually result in great balance and that you end up standing tall like Lucas Glover.  Next time you are at the range, finish your golf swing and stand “tall” afterwards and hold your finish for 3 seconds.  If you can do that, that means you have kept your balance through the swing.

More cool balancing exercises – Take a golf pencil, bite it with your mouth and try to hit full shots without losing your golf pencil.  If you can master this, your body will automatically learn to balance and swing better.

Well, that’s about it for today folks, I will try to have more golf swing analysis later this week so I hope you get better at golf!

Go practice now, don’t just sit there and read golf blogs.

Camilo Villegas Shoots 63 and Leads Buick Invitational 2009!

Thursday, February 5th, 2009

Wow, Camilo Villegas is on fire early this year and shoots 63 to lead the Buick Invitational on the first day.

Other notable names include Nick Watney, who I’ve played in junior golf with.  (Best of luck Nick, it’s time to win one!)

Well, we will see how the rest of the weekend goes but I think Camilo has a good chance of winning, due to the fact that he has been on a winning-run and not afraid of big name players.  (Isn’t he a big name player too now?)

I will have to place my bets on the young ones Camilo, Nick, and Rick.

Rick Barnes is also around, (whom I’ve also played junior golf with) great to see him playing good at -3.

And where’s Tiger?  I hope he comes back soon to the golf world. :)

Sergio Garcia in Slow Motion and Black and White

Monday, May 19th, 2008

Sergio Garcia in Slow Motion and Black and White

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Almost every top golfer I see that this feature.

It’s called the “triangle extension”, well that’s what I call it.

If you tape yourself and you can’t do this, it probably means you are not 100% efficient with your golf swing.

Even me, with 19 years of golf experience including junior golf, amateur golf, pro golf, and couple trophies here and there, can’t do this.

Golf is hard but the secret is here.

However you backswing, the result must look like this. A triangle with a full followthrough. It simply means that you didn’t manipulate your swing and you are putting 100% of your body power into the ball.

The great golfer in history of golf did this, Ben Hogan. He did it better than anyone, even Tiger.

Tiger was taught to copy Ben Hogan.

Now, how to do this?

Go grab a 10 pound piece of piping and swing it very slowly until you can feel your arms coming out of your arm sockets.

See if you can repeat that with a regular swing with a regular club.

Do this as often as you can until you can do it under pressure.

That’s my tip for today.