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Jim Furyk: Knee Action

He may have one of the most unorthodox golf swings to ever hit the PGA Tour, but Jim Furyk is still one of the best to have ever played in the modern era. Any player can learn from his awesome leg and footwork. As he swings, notice how the right knee drives toward the target? This both helps to ensure a proper weight shift to his left side, and makes it easier for his upper body to rotate through.

In addition to some great kneework, Furyk has exceptional balance through the finish, thanks to a solid left foot planted on the ground. Try this, and copy Furyk's finish. You'll see instant improvements.

Tommy Gainey: Left Arm Straight

Two gloves? Gainey does this because he used to wear two gloves when playing baseball as a kid and liked how it felt. The habit just stuck.
Atypical, weird and strange—that might be putting Tommy Gainey's unique swing nicely, but let's get this straight: It gets the job done. The two-gloved Big Break alum and rising Tour star proves that you don't need textbook mechanics to play great golf. But there are some positions in his golf swing you'll want in order to help you hit great shots.

In Gainey's swing, check out his left arm at impact. It's fully extended, and actually is in line with the shaft. This is an awesome position to emulate. There's no chicken wing, his body is rotating, and he's making a strong, descending blow into the back of the golf ball. And check out the back of his left hand: It's facing the target. Copy Gainey's impact position and you'll start hitting better shots.

Anthony kim/Jonathan Byrd: Practice With A Line

Hitting down the line is a bit of a misnomer. You really can't do that, since you swing the club from both the side of the ball and in a circle. So what gives? The idea behind swinging with a line, as demonstrated by both Anthony Kim and Jonathan Byrd, is to use the line as a reference point for parts of the body during the swing (and to help with alignment, of course). In Kim's photo, he's swinging "down the line" by keeping his shoulders square to the target line at impact while his body continues to the left of the target. Byrd is doing the same (with a shaft on the ground), only his left arm is in line with the club at key moments during his swing. He's also probably using the club on the ground to better gauge his stance and setup before he hits the ball. Like Kim, he's rotating against, not sliding through and along, the target line.

When you practice with a club, stick or alignment aid on the ground, don't feel as though you need to swing along it. Use it to check your stance and other positions during your swing. That's what the pros do.


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