I was sent this swing gif. by DKondo this past weekend, and apologies for the picture quality, but he noticed something and grabbed a clip on his phone while watching the Bay Hill Invitational.
He also remarked to me that Justin Rose had a couple of “longest drives” on certain holes.
This is interesting, because Rose has never been known as a power swinger, but don’t look now – the man with the same coach as Tiger Woods and the center-biased planted-heel swing model, may have begun to sip from the Holy Grail…
I imagine Jack Nicklaus has reason to smile broadly today.
And I imagine that the ghosts of Hogan, Snead, Nelson and Bobby Jones have stopped spinning, at least for the time being.
I have been reading Brandel Chamblee’s newly released (and sure-fire bestseller) book on the swing, “The Anatomy of Greatness,” having been sent a copy by his publisher Classics of Golfwith a request for my thoughts on it.
As for disclosure, I have received nothing for my agreement to review the book, and it wouldn’t matter – if I hadn’t received the book, I’d have surely browsed through it at the store, and would have run home with it.
There are two “arcs” in the swing which must be understood if one is going to swing optimally, as they are not as you see in video or pictures – they are an optical illusion, actually.
The first arc is the vertical arc which, as I have combined two pictures that show the blurred arc of the club head before and post-impact, to show you what is meant by “descending,”“level” and “ascending” impacts.