Pro Vs. Joe

How to take your swing from average Joe to touring pro in no time.


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Tiger’s upper body acts like a cresting wave breaking over his core. There’s no leaning back
or tilting to the right, which would cause a lack of control.

The key to Tiger’s amazing ability to strike the ball consistently is his near-perfect technique through impact.

There’s More Than One Way To Skin A Cat

Tiger’s swing is certainly one of the best in the history of the game. Though his style in these pictures taken last fall reflects much of what’s commonly accepted among teachers in the game today, the real secret to Tiger’s swing occurs at the moment of impact. In fact, throughout his professional career, Tiger has won major championships with three very different styles of golf swing. The one thing that hasn’t changed is his dynamics at impact, namely his four-inch-in-front swing bottom that allows him to compress the ball fully, providing extremely consistent results. If you’re interested in hitting the ball solidly, this is the area of the swing on which you should concentrate the most.

Good posture and balance at address allow freedom of the arms and body pivot to begin the work of the backswing. 

The most important move in the backswing is the start, as it creates the sequence for the loading of the club by the cocking or hinging of the left wrist  and the motion of the arms and body all working together.   

The main purpose of the backswing is to load the club.  Tiger has a gradual and consistent load throughout  his whole backswing, which puts him in position to create dynamic impact.

The top of the backswing completes the full loading of the club.  Tiger's style is very conventional with a quiet lower body, strong back and shoulder turn and on-plane clubshaft. 

Tiger begins the lagging of the club at the start of his  down -swing. This lag he develops is the secret of golf, and he will sustain it through impact.

Here he’s storing a ton
of energy by creating club head lag. This gives him a tremendous amount of energy to impart to the ball at impact.

The full release and motion of the hips powers Tiger's down-
swing through impact. This allows him to fully transfer all the energy he’s built up to be delivered into the ball at the moment of truth: at impact.

Tiger's release of the hands and arms is delayed.  His sensation is that they release naturally due to centrifugal force. His entire downswing is initiated and powered through the lower body, which adds to his consistency.

Bobby Clampett, PGA Tour player and CBS commentator, is also the author of The Impact Zone with Andy Brumer. For more about Bobby Clampett and the Impact Zone, visit and


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