The Sequence

What to look for when you analyze your own swing

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With the advent of swing-analysis apps for laptops, smartphones and tablets, it's now easier than ever to record and analyze your golf swing. Unfortunately though, sometimes seeing what your patented "magic move" looks like can be a little humbling. While it may be a reality check to see your swing in pictures and video, don't let it discourage you. Rather, look at it with a critical eye and determine where you need to improve.

But what exactly should you look for? A lot. So over the next few pages, I've written a handful of tips that break the swing down into five sections: the backswing, transition, halfway down, impact and followthrough. With each component, I've included specific tips and positions that you should try to emulate. Study my swing, compare it to your swing and improve!


It's fair to say that some of the game's best players have unorthodox backswings—think Jim Furyk and Sergio García—but I don't recommend emulating them. (Despite their unusual backswings, both men still get back to great impact positions.) A proper golf swing should be one that delivers the club back to the ball on the right path, and to do that, it's best to start off on the right track.

My backswing starts in sync. The clubhead stays in front of my chest.

Halfway back, and my clubface is square.

The shaft points at the ball when my left arm is parallel.

My left arm, shoulders and clubface are all on the same plane.

In these eight photos, the Golf Tips photographers captured my swing at four different points. As you look at the photos and read the corresponding commentary, keep one thing in mind: economy of motion. Notice how compact my swing is and how few moving parts there are. Take that philosophy with you to the practice tee. Focus on one area and isolate it. Then record your swing and see how your positions start to hopefully mimic mine.

I maintain the triangle created by my shoulders and arms as I start my backswing.

Another great view that captures the club staying in front of my chest during the backswing.

See the "L" formed by my club and left arm? That's what helps me generate power.

At the top, my back faces the target, but my lower body has resisted and remains stable.


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