The 2010 Open Champion Louis
Oosthuizen is, to my mind, a serious
contender for the award ‘The Greatest
Swing in World Golf’, and it is the ability
that he has to flight and control his iron
shots that makes him such a competitor
around a links course. What’s more,
as this sequence reveals, there is much
you can learn from the efficiency of his
arm and body action.
Of course, the major problem when
you are looking at a swing in static pictures
is that you fail to appreciate the
swing element – the flow, tempo and
the dynamic you really only appreciate
when you are standing next to the
player as he strikes the ball. The
rhythm is what glues a swing together;
it provides the motion, the vital energy
and the synchronisation needed to propel
the ball on the desired trajectory.
Louis has a beautiful golf swing and
he repeats it with a free-flowing rhythm
that disguises the speed he generates.
In that respect he’s a bit like his countryman,
Ernie Els – the term ‘effortless
power’ could not be more apt. To the
naked eye, it looks so simple; a neatly
packaged, no-frills golf swing.
But if I could dare highlight one or
two areas in which I believe Louis
might get better still, I’d point to the fact
that his arms get a little ‘deep’ on the
way back (i.e. they tend to get a little
too far behind him, looking down the
line), his right side gets a touch overturned
at the top, and, as a result, he
gets a fraction ahead of the ball and
‘stuck’ on approach. This produces the
look you see in this sequence through
impact – his spine angle alters a fraction
and the club and arms exit on a
slightly steeper plane than they enjoyed
on the backswing. But hey, I’m splitting
hairs; the rhythm and dynamics of this
wonderful motion glue the whole swing
together and to witness Louis in full
flow really is something.
Sit back and enjoy it.
Reproduced with kind permission of Golf International Magazine
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