Tips From The Tour, 2009

The best players in the world aren’t just fun to watch. There’s a lot to learn about their swings that you can incorporate into your game.

Labels: Full Swing

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Camilo Villegas
Camilo’s aggressive swing has proven itself to be a winning one, as he already has notched 2 wins in 3+ years on the PGA Tour.


ADD WIDTH FOR MORE POWER

At only 160 pounds, Camilo Villegas averages a whopping 291 yards off the tee, making him among the top 40 for drivers on Tour. He’s often depicted as a muscular player, but in reality he’s a small-framed guy with great definition. Now, are his muscles his power source? Nope. Villegas understands width and how it builds power. His strong muscles are a bonus.


Grab a 2x4 and push it toward your target as far as you can while turning your body to the left and extending your arms. This will help you add a ton of width to your swing.

Check out how far he keeps his hands from his body in each photo. From a physics standpoint, by adding width, he’s increasing his arc, which leads to a faster clubhead speed. Combine that with how nicely he winds his upper body and still allows his lower body to be stable, and you have a recipe for a smashing drive. He’s wide, flexible and in perfect balance. If you can copy that, you’ll be huge!
—Jeff Ritter, PGA

J.B. Holmes
Known for his huge distance, Holmes is also a powerful iron player, thanks to a solid forward lean and tremendous lag. See if you can copy this position here.


Anthony Kim
Forward lean doesn’t mean rigid lean. Notice how Kim has some bend in his back (Holmes has some, too). It’s better to have some bend than to be too stiff.


MAINTAIN THE FORWARD LEAN

Two of the best players still in their 20s on the PGA Tour, J.B. Holmes and Anthony Kim understand completely what it means to maintain a forward-tilting spine angle through impact. Also, notice the separating of the hands from the body. By maintaining the forward upper-body lean, the arms/hands have more room to store lag and eventually release over the golf ball. If these angles are lost, it’s because the spine is upright, which if it happens, will translate into poor consistency and lousy ground contact.




The last thing you can learn here is their head positions. They’re facing the ball! Don’t feel like you need to keep your head down or lift it too far up. Keep it facing the ball, and you’ll rotate more effectively.
—Derek Nannen, PGA


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