Monday, December 6, 2010
Graeme McDowell Slow Motion Swing
When Graeme won the US Open in June some people thought he was quite an underdog. At that time I mentioned that he had previously been in the 2008 Ryder Cup Squad for the Europeans and had been ranked in the top 50 in the world. So, not a shock when an Irish guy with those credentials puts it all together on an Oceanside venue to win the US Open. Now, G-Mac, the star of the Ryder Cup for the Europeans in October wins again in royal fashion this year by beating Tiger Woods in a playoff. A likable guy who played college golf at a lesser known NCAA golf program at The University of Alabama Birmingham.
Here are 3 things that I really like about Graeme's Swing.
1. His backswing is on the shorter side. In some respects and certainly in Graeme's case, a shorter backswing means less room the club travels away from the ball and then more of a chance it will consistently come back to the ball the for solid contact in the middle of the clubface.
2, Good Concentration on the ball with a nice still head. Eventually his head starts to move downward just slightly as his club is coming into the ball from the way he uses his legs for power.
3. A great fluid and full finish which is really just a product and continuation of his smooth move through the ball.
Great Season Graeme, Here's to a similar 2011 and beyond!
Happy Holidays and God Bless - Brian