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For many commentators Adam Scott’s golf swing could well be the blueprint for the modern era. The posture, the angles, the line and the rhythm... all fantastic.

Now just into his 30s, Adam is still only a young man but he has been around for a long time and has a ton of experience. He’s a player all of us expected to move up to a major level and with the partnership he has forged with Tiger’s ex-caddie, Stevie Williams, that transition would now seem inevitable.

The winning structure comes from managing himself and his game on the golf course and that’s where Stevie – an excellent motivator – has been helping him. Adam once had a tendency to get down and despondent when things were not going his way; Williams does not let that happen. He has the ability to instill in his players a firm belief as to how good they are – and Adam Scott is world-class in every department.

Analysis by Denis Pugh


Key to speed is coil and release

My general appraisal of Adam Scott’s swing would be that’s it’s been a job in progress for 10 years – and right now probably better than its ever been. Adam has worked extensively with my Sky Sports colleague, Butch Harmon, and, more recently with his brother-in-law Brad Malone (albeit on the methods I know Butch would endorse).

The thing I notice most of all in this terrific mid-iron sequence is the way in which (from a perfect set of posture angles) his arm plane now is a little shallower than it used to be while his wrist plane is definitely flatter; the shaft looks more under control at the top. To me, the swing is tighter and shorter than it used to be but it hasn’t lost any of its beautiful rhythm.

Tempting though it is to spend time analysing the plane of this swing, more valuable to you in terms of learning a more dynamic technique is to focus on what I term the ‘body spring’ – i.e. the way he utilises the lower body from the holding position as he changes direction to the ultra-fast rotation of the hips through the ball.

Pay particular attention to the way in which the right knee stays in position in the backswing, acting as a ‘post’ about which Adam turns and winds the spring. Note also that there is very little movement in the left knee – he doesn’t allow the left knee to jump about all over the place, it’s a very stable left knee action).

Moving to the transition and downswing, focus on the manner in which Adam effortlessly reverses momentum from the top to halfway down; between frames 4-5 there is a significant shift across in the knees – they have changed position and settled the lower body – while the the shoulders are held for a split second. As he moves into the next frame (6), we can see the tremendous rotational spin of the hips through impact. The hands and clubface are passive as the body spring essentially unloads the speed and power on the back of the ball.

Through to frames 7 & 8 we can see how the unwinding body turn simply carries the arm swing into the finish. So a very good example of how the body loads the levers through the ball, which explains Adam’s consistency. Blessed with the fact that he has such an athletic build, the length of his arms in the swing gives him terrific leverage while the athleticism and spring in his body gives him excellent power.

For me, the impact position is the pick of the images in this sequence – as it should be. You can see how much hip-toshoulder rotation there is through the ball. The momentum of the swing then sees the right arm climbing over the left on the way to the finish. That’s a natural feature of this swing, while the finish is simply the result of a great sequence of movement.

This is not a position you should try to pose, incidentally. If it happens that you finish your swing like this, great. But you are better off copying picture 1 – the perfect example of how to set up to the ball and create a great set of body angles.

Reproduced with kind permission of Golf International Magazine

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