Jack Nicklaus’ Grandson’s Swing More Sound Than 99% Of The Tour

This is the state of professional golf today, friends, while we enjoy another 1st major weekend of the season – Gary Nicklaus, the grandson of Jack Nicklaus a.k.a. the G.O.A.T., made an ace at the Par 3 contest at Augusta National this week.

If that isn’t good enough, he did it with a golf swing that, while not perfect, is more mechanically-sound than the swings of 99% of the Tour players out there.

We’re talking a proper right-biased setup, stable head on the back swing pivot, and full & free hip turn with a leading heel separation.

In other words, a Classic Golf Swing action:


Other than a tiny smidgen of a forward head move on the transition, how good is this?


Great head position over the right side, full hip turn and swinging gate with the stable head on the pivot… just really good stuff here.

Full-body pivot, all the way, ladies and gentlemen:


And talk about the pressure of doing it in that situation.

How about that address position looking up the line… how many points does Gary nail?


  • Relaxed upper spine,
  • Weight over the feet,
  • Bending at the hips instead of squatting over the ball…

That would also tell you that Jack Nicklaus has remained true to his opinion of 40 years ago that the Modern Golf Swing is not the way to go, because if this were any other young man than his grandson, he likely wouldn’t be swinging this way.

I don’t have anything else to add.

Enjoy Moving Day on the telly, friends!


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7 thoughts on “Jack Nicklaus’ Grandson’s Swing More Sound Than 99% Of The Tour

  1. targettom

    they’re saying Fred Couples is wearing a back brace. Hate to see that but really these guys are their own worst enemies; even a blind man can see that twisting your upper back against a firm pelvis is pure insanity. Will these guys ever learn?

    1. D Watts Post author

      Fred Couples is the poster-man for the modern swing perils. Has been since he went down in the early 90’s, and yet he never.changed.that.swing… and look at TW now, still swinging the way he broke his back.

      So, the answer to your question, Tom, is NEVER, for most of them.

    2. Mike Divot

      No, they won’t. They are lost causes and go to their graves believing that is the cost of playing high level golf.

      It will take a new generation of players and instructors to sweep away the nonsense.

  2. David

    I doubt very much if the younger Nicklaus had hit a ball in days. First swing and just a touch of forward movement. Sweet swing.

    1. D Watts Post author

      I was thinking the same thing, DK, but I didn’t know if the young man had hit any balls on the range or perhaps hit on another hole. I don’t really follow these things. But yes, a pretty sweet swing compared to what we watch on TV week in week out.

  3. Chief Cowpie

    I am sure Patrick Reed would try a “Shark and Bake” and a few beers with DJ but I don’t think DJ would fly in Patrick’s helicopter finish.

    1. D Watts Post author

      Well, considering that shark has the same texture more or less as catfish and that it’s battered and deep-fried, I’m sure it would be both a few shark and bakes for Southern boy P.R. and a few beers (each) if it ever came to that, Chief!

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