Greg Norman’s “3 To 9” Was Superb

Of course, Greg Norman’s phase from “3 To 9” is superb – he is widely considered to be the greatest persimmon driver of the ball eve to play tournament golf.

When you’re combining power and distance with consistency and accuracy therefore, I bet you’ll look very good through the ball – let’s take a look.

I have a great down the line shot of Greg Norman in his heyday, and it’s not easy to come by, because even thought the video era began post-WWII, you don’t get really good quality video until the 90’s and really not that good until the 2000’s, for great detail.

This is from Norman’s “The Complete Golfer – The Long Game” video, and just watch the beautiful swing from the down the line angle here:

Greg Norman Driver – DTL


The thing about Norman’s short-stop slide action here above is that it reminds me of a certain foot action I had myself when I was working on the golf swing and also studying the motion of hockey slap-shots.

Anyone who’s watched hockey will recognize that back-slide of the trailing foot, so while it isn’t anything of note (like a swing flaw or fault, which it isn’t), it’s a sign that Norman was really getting into that leading leg and transferring completely from the trailing foot, which is the opposite of what you see on the modern Tour today.


I can guarantee you that part of why Norman was the greatest persimmon driver ever is because of that complete transfer and his “3 To 9” phase, which I guess some modern instructors would call “flippy” but which is the powerful and natural release action you want for your golf swing.

Here he is from “3 To 9,” and if you think that jamming your trailing elbow into your hip and turning through the ball with it there is powerful (I know, it “feels” powerful but it’s what you do in a baseball swing, not in golf), take a look at how you do it if you want to get it right:

Greg Norman’s “3 T 9” Phase


This, my friends, is the true method of “using the ground,” by which you’re transferring weight and pressure fully to the leading foot to leverage the arms and club down from the top and through – you don’t “use the ground” by launching yourself into the air… just saying…

As well, look that same “hip stall” Norman has through impact, the way you see in many of the longest drivers of the ball from Rory McIlroy to Mickey Wright, and again, this isn’t something you can deliberately, but rather it’s a sign that you’re coming through the ball with proper action.

Real good stuff here from the Classic Golf Swing era.

And if you’re not getting that same “3 To 9” action yourself, time to get out that Kettle Bell (or get one if you still haven’t) and start working on that One Exercise,” especially the Transition To The Down Swing and the Extension 3 – 9 parts of it that we went through in the “EMCS2 – The Follow Up” video, because this exercise is ideally suited to getting you this action through the ball!


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2 thoughts on “Greg Norman’s “3 To 9” Was Superb

  1. Terry

    Cool gif. Amazing how the proper pivot allows you to stay down through the shot instead of having to jump to find the leverage.

    I also like the fact that his hands are basically returning to the same area in space in relation to his body at impact as they were at address. I would bet this helps in consistency of strike,as the shaft/clubhead is staying in the same orientation, not standing up that much through impact.

    1. D Watts Post author

      I also like the fact that his hands are basically returning to the same area in space in relation to his body at impact as they were at address. I would bet this helps in consistency of strike,as the shaft/clubhead is staying in the same orientation, not standing up that much through impact.

      You won’t be surprised to know then that Norman advocated in the same video, the similar hand position to the MCS address with the hands off the left thigh for all clubs, Terry!

      Think about it – if you’re addressing the ball with a stable-head pivot and your hand position is proper, you’ll return the hands back to the same place – I wouldn’t say exactly, because most people rest the clubs on the ground at address and the clubhead comes into the ball at a slightly different position, but pretty close.

      I saw that in the video as well, but as I’ve said, you’ll find many more things in common with the MCS model regarding the greatest swingers than differences. 🙂

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