As I searched for a topic to write about today, I came across something that really sparked my interest. Thinking about how to meld the words together, I found that I was at a loss as to what to call the article. So, I decided to go with an none descript, relatively neutral, heading and let you decide what how to title this article. What I found very interesting about what I found is that it immediately caught my attention and held it for many minutes as I watched the short video over and over. That is what made me decide to share it with all of you.
Here is the video that captured my attention:
As I watched the video, three things (actually there were many more) about Ernie Els and Freddie Couples swing caught my attention. Besides the tempo, because that was too obvious, they did other things very similar that as an aging player will benefit my game. In no particular order:
The first is the balance. If you watch the video a few times, you will find that Els and Couples weight distribution is almost identical. I can tell this by the position of their toes during the entire swing sequence. They are virtually identical and that helps them replicate their swing with amazing consistency.
The second is their shoulder turn. Both have their lead shoulder (left in this case) pointing behind the ball at the top of their swing. That is quite amazing considering how straight their left arm is during at the top of the backswing. It just demonstrates the importance of flexibility during a golf swing. Generally something that is lost a bit as golfers age, these two have not appeared to have lost any of their flexibility.
The third is where their belly button points at the end of the swing. Both have the center of their core pointing at the target at the end of their swing. The make a full rotation so that their picturesque finish is something to be aped. The movement and control of their core are key takeaways for anyone trying to work on their accuracy and balance.
I could continue on longer comparing the swings of these two legends, however, you can do that yourself. The demonstrate that balance, control, and consistency in a golf swing can produce fantastic results at any level of play. Like I said in my opening paragraph, I was unsure what to call this article.
Now that you have watched these two great players in an impromptu swing comparison, what would you title this article?
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!