Rickie Fowler & Kung Fu

rickie fowlerOriginally posted on the Smash Golf Blog June 9th, 2010

Johnny Miller is said to have quipped once about Jim Thorpe that his swing had more moves than kung-fu.

If you want to see a swing that reminds me of that zinger every time I see it, take a look at Rickie Fowler.

It’s no coincidence that Rickie shot the lights out Thursday and Friday and then struggled to close the deal on the weekend.

When you have as many compensating moves in your swing as Rickie does, you’re going to do that.

And the source of those compensating moves?

Rickie is of course Modern Golf Swing player.  That means restricted hips going back, and that means a lot of various compensations in modern style swingers to make a full shoulder turn going back and then to get through impact to the finish with the down swing.

Compensating moves can be problematic, aside from the obvious increased risk of injury swinging with a twisting lower back due to the restricted hips.

When you’re feeling good and relaxed and you’re in a groove, you’re going to hit the ball great, regardless of your swing mechanics.

Rickie Fowler – Driver


The fact that you’re playing pro golf means you’ve been gifted with hand-eye coordination and athletic reflexes that most people only dream about.

But when the lights get brighter on the weekend and you start feeling the heat, tension creeps in and you start hitting shots that, well, aren’t the caliber of a professional tour player.

As with all golfers who can play great golf when they’re on, because of their coordination, those who live by the sword will die by it as well.

That’s the thing with fundamentals and any athletic motion. The more correct your fundamentals, the less likely you are to break down under pressure.

The deadliest free-throw shooters in basketball have flawless technique, and under the gun, they are more likely to drain that bucket than a good free-throw shooter with a so-so technical motion.

The same goes with a golf swing.

If Rickie had a Classic Golf Swing where he used his legs and hips to create the shoulder turn on the pivot rather than twisting himself, his swing would be a lot different looking, and a good deal safer.