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

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