Spotlight Swing: Rickie Fowler

Take a look at what Rickie Fowler does.  His plane is astonishing. Click here to see Rickie Fowler’s swing video.

Rickie at address:

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Halfway through backswing

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Top of Backswing

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Impact

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Rickie Fowler starts with a pretty flat backswing, but comes into impact even flatter.  The difference between the backswing is just amazing especially when you consider that most amateurs come into the ball even steeper than they started.  I’m not sure how he is able to accomplish this, and although I don’t recommend mimicking the positions I think there is a lot that can be learned from them.

Use your left knee to generate a powerful on plane swing

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Sounds weird doesn’t it?  How does the left knee (for a right handed golfer) play a role in a powerful on plane swing?

The answer lies in how it affects two key characteristics of an on plane swing.

1) Spine Tilt

2) Balance

Spine Tilt

Having the right amount of spine tilt and in the right direction is hugely important to coming down on plane.  Maintaining the tilt of your spine slightly away from the target through out the swing is very important for coming down on plane.  The reason is that you turn around your spine on the downsing.  If the angle that your spine is tilted changes, how you rotate around it changes as well, and since the golf swing is a rotational motion that change is dramatic.

Think of a spinning top.  When it’s spinning nicely it’s straight up and down, but as it slows down it starts to wobble.  That wobble is what happens to your swing plane when you lose your spine angle.

Once you start to wobble, it becomes very difficult to swing on plane.  The wobble forces compensations and your swing loses its plane.

2) Balance

A problem that I have had is leaning into the ball on my downswing.  It has been greatly minimized recently but it creeps in here and there.  The problem is that my weight begins to move toward the ball and when that happens, the only to hit the ball is to come outside-in.  However, when I focused on my left knee, keeping it still (but flexed), then the problems of moving my weight toward the ball were gone.  This allowed me to drop the club into the “slot” and make a powerful move into and through the ball.