Pete Cowen’s Staircase

????????You’ll remember that I mentioned Pete Cowen a while back concerning someone who has a very close vision of the swing mechanics to what I like to see.

Cowen is Henrik Stenson’s coach, and we all know Henrik.


This is Cowen’s vision of the swing, and while it’s not exactly what I advocate in swing mechanics, it’s very close, so close that anyone who has any interest in what I have to say, would surely be interested in this video clip.

Pete Cowen’s Staircase

Just have a look, and watch how he advocates swinging from the ground up with a proper back swing pivot, not just turning and turning and stretching, and then when you put his Ax Drill into the mix, Pete Cowen is a guy who is no coincidence as a great teacher considering his students past and present include Stenson, Lee Westwood (shouldn’t have left) and Oostie among others. ย All great strikers of the ball.

I think you’ll enjoy it.

9 thoughts on “Pete Cowen’s Staircase

  1. David C

    Thanks for sharing this- it makes a lot of sense for sure, especially the part about how most people just try to turn back and turn through and why that is an incorrect or at least incomplete concept. The sequential unwinding that Cowen explains here makes perfect sense.

    1. DJ Watts Post author

      Such a simple concept, isn’t it David?

      On an unrelated note, my trick-shot artist friend and I have just discussed my helping him in a few gigs this season – I had to think really hard, did I want to spend days out on the course hobnobbing with retired athletes (he’s done Dr. J’s charity even a number of times, as well as a host of retired football/baseball/basketball players’ events), and having a good time hitting drives on long drive holes and shots on “beat the pro” par-3 holes? ๐Ÿ˜‰

      OK, I didn’t have to think too hard! It’s going to be a great summer for Wax Golf and friends! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. buddhabob

    bit too wordy. I think this is a naturally athletic motion that doesn’t need such fancy description but then what are swing preachers for? How else would they make a living and fly around the world to Riyadh, Augusta,Beverly Hills,Hong Kong and Bangkok crashing at 4 Season’s Hotels at each stop along the way, courtesy of their students overhead? I remain exceedingly unimpressed. The top vampires are simply paid off as ‘work expenses’ in the deductions column. I would wager that a cool 80% of them are drunks if its anything like what goes on in Hollywood and thats not counting their other paid for ‘activities’. And it is essential of course that each has to brand their style with an esoteric imprint, otherwise it cannot be sold. Wendy’s has the square burger patty. McDonalds has the round one. Burger King apparently does some grilling.

    1. DJ Watts Post author

      I disagree with you on this one, buddhabob – the clip is less than two minutes! I’d have a hard time explaining the pivot sequence in shorter time than that – and it makes sense.

      Peter Cowen is one of the best swing coaches out there, but that’s likely just my opinion because what he says (including the Axe Drill) is something I’d say myself or similarly.

      He’s a no-nonsense Northern Englishman, I like his style.

      1. Andymac

        I got to agree with this, he explains the swing sequence in something like 100secs!! Impressive

  3. buddhabob

    You can take Canada out of England but you can’t take the Queen out of Canada. Your just a Royalist DJ.

    1. DJ Watts Post author

      French-Canadian by birth, my man, so you’re wrong there, no Royalist blood in these veins. But a Commonwealther I am, and no problem with that! ๐Ÿ™‚

    2. Chief Cowpie

      This what DJ is. Very long poem by Longfellow. This is Part the First -IV

      Evangeline A Tale of Acadie

      Evangeline A Tale of Acadie 1847

      Evangeline A Tale of Acadie Prologue
      Evangeline A Tale of Acadie Part the First – IV
      Evangeline A Tale of Acadie Part the First – V
      Evangeline A Tale of Acadie Part the Second – I
      Evangeline A Tale of Acadie Part the Second – II
      Evangeline A Tale of Acadie Part the Second – III
      Evangeline A Tale of Acadie Part the Second – IV
      Evangeline A Tale of Acadie Part the Second – V
      Pleasantly rose next morn the sun on the village of Grand-Prรฉ.
      Pleasantly gleamed in the soft, sweet air the Basin of Minas,
      Where the ships, with their wavering shadows, were riding at
      Life had long been astir in the village, and clamorous labor
      Knocked with its hundred hands at the golden gates of the
      Now from the country around, from the farms and neighboring
      Came in their holiday dresses the blithe Acadian peasants.
      Many a glad good-morrow and jocund laugh from the young folk
      Made the bright air brighter, as up from the numerous meadows,
      Where no path could be seen but the track of wheels in the
      Group after group appeared, and joined, or passed on the highway.
      Long ere noon, in the village all sounds of labor were silenced.
      Thronged were the streets with people; and noisy groups at the


      1. DJ Watts Post author

        Chief, I shortened it a little with a link to the rest, so people won’t get carpal-tunnel scrolling down to read any possible future comments (like this one). ๐Ÿ˜‰

        You’re awesome, thanks for that.


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