I’ve found some video of his swing, although the one I can’t find online is the rear view of his swing that showed a separating left heel on the back swing pivot.
It could just as well have been a one-off however because from what I see in other clips I’ve found online, he doesn’t seem to do it all the time, and that is the only concern I would have for a 22 year old who’s driving it 350 yards – that he be doing it with a mechanically-sound swing action.
The bad news is that he’s apparently a student of Sean Foley, whose swingers all mysteriously develop back problems working with him, and that Cameron is, at 22, already experiencing back problems… just saying…
So, I’ll be hoping that he doesn’t do anything disastrous to his back, because other than the planted heel and a center-biased swing, he looks pretty good:
Cameron Champ’s Swing DTL
There is a lot to like about this swing – even if he’s flat-footed on the back swing pivot, he seems to be getting a healthy hip turn, as evidenced by the straightening right leg and the space between the knees when he goes back.
You can see just how much hip leverage he gets out of the down swing as well, but there’s obviously a reason a 22 year old kid can drive the ball nearly 340 yards on average during an event – leverage, not muscle power.
He’s not a huge, long driving monster but a leveraging machine.
This is what gives me concern:
There’s the Foley model center-biased stance with the body’s weight more to the left side than the right, and then look at the impact position:
Everyone who’s been reading my blogs on the swing and motion will know that I really don’t like left-biased swings because the optimal impact position is where Cameron is at impact.
The problem is that he starts so far left and has to really compress that lower back to get the right-tilted spine and the head over the right foot, and that’s asking for back issues, which Cameron already has.
There is a reason that, especially when it comes to power swingers who get through the ball at very high speeds, I call the left-biased swing the “Back-Breaker.”
Remember when I wrote, “Why You Don’t Swing From A Left Bias?”
Looking at the below position at impact – guess who that is below, while he was working with Foley?
Let’s hope the same thing doesn’t happen to young Cameron, because I would love to see him fix that address issue and enjoy a long and fruitful professional golf career.
Brandel Chamblee, I might add, also has concerns:
The face-on stills are from Brandel’s Twitter feed: