There is no doubt that PGA Tour pro Steve Stricker has been such a great story. He has climbed to number two in the world with hard work and a very consistent swing. There is a lot to be learned from his swing. Take a look…
We have spoken many times about the triangle formed by the arms and shoulders at our starting position. You can see it very well in Strickers set up position. The reason to have that great position at set up is to help make a classic one piece takeaway. The one piece backswing is all about having the shoulders arms and hands all move at the same time all the way to the top of the swing.
So the big question tends to be…where is the top of your swing? It all depends on your flexibility. You can only make as big as swing as your flexibility will allow. Where a lot of people get in trouble is when they get to the top of the swing their shoulders stop rotating but they force their arms to keep going to take the club back farther. They think they need to get their hands and club over their shoulder to create power. That is a big misconception, and is a very big swing fault. It leads the arms breaking down at the top. It also causes the transition from back swing to down swing to be in two pieces. Players will have a very difficult time returning the club back to the ball consistently. When the arms go farther than the shoulders they often get left behind on the downswing…or…the downswing gets started with the arms, which leads to big pulls and power slices. Not the results we want.
The WALL DRILLClick Here for Video will help you learn the proper movement. This will help you take the club back properly so that you can return it to the ball with power and consistency.
If you find this helpful for your own game, then pay particular attention to Steve Stricker when is in the hunt on the weekends. It will help your game by watching and emulating his back swing.