George Knudson is perhaps one of least-known ball-striking masters from the past PGA Tour eras.
He is a man Jack Nicklaus described as having “a million dollar swing and a ten-cent putter,” alluding to the fact that Knudson should have won much more than he did on Tour with the quality of his ball-striking.
Ben Hogan said Knudson had the “best swing of his generation,” which is high praise indeed, and some even ventured the opinion that Knudson’s swing was “more Hogan than Hogan.”
So, let’s take a look at Knudson’s great mechanics. He had a very basic, no-frills, no-nonsense swing action. The Wax Golf crowd will recognize instantly the great address setup with the kicked-in right knee, the swinging gate and the floating pivot, the great leading side leverage swing through impact to the finish…
George Knudson’s Golf Swing
Tragically, Knudson, who was a chain-smoker, died of cancer just as he was preparing to join the Senior Tour, in 1989. If he hadn’t, a lot more people would have known his name.
The fact that he was a Canadian golfer also would have contributed to his obscurity, but he was the highest Canadian finisher in a major (2nd at the Masters) and held the mark of most wins on Tour by a Canadian until Mike Weir won the Masters and passed him in career wins. I still hold Knudson as the greatest Canadian golfer based on both talent and accomplishment and the quality of his competition.
I’ll get more into Knudson’s swing this winter when the season has ended, but for now, let’s look at a great swing from an era of great swingers.