I’ve been getting emails from the usual WAX Nation swing hawks regarding a freshman college player named Matt Wolff whose OSU Cowboys won the NCAA title last week.
Face-on, he really resembles the late great Arnold Palmer with that back swing pivot, and down the line it’s more Jim Furyk, but he smashes it like The King of old.
If the camera angle had been the same for both swings, he’d be a near carbon-copy, wouldn’t he?
And as I said, you can see the old Jim Furyk takeaway move looking down the line, but even more outside at the top than Jim:
Notice how much more hip turn he’s got with the Classic Golf Swing high heel than Furyk with the Modern Golf Swing planted heel pivot – that’s why Wolff is Palmer-long, where Furyk was a short-but-straight plunker.
I haven’t seen a heel lift like that in high-level golf since Bubba Watson & Jack Nicklaus, and of course Arnie.
There’s no guarantee of success in professional golf, but I’d say that a freshman who made the winning putt for a national title could be one to watch in the coming years, if only for that funky-looking but very powerful action.
And since he’s using his hips & legs to power that action, he’s not likely to injure himself swinging – the only caveat would be the extra load he puts on his upper body muscles with the outside top position and re-routing to come down.
Other than that, this kid is full-steam-ahead!
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