I have to say that I love how good some of you are getting a picking up on things on others’ swings!
Jason pointed out something I had noticed the first time I posted on Molinari’s Classic Golf Swing action:
I do find that Molinari lifts his foot a little earlier than ideal, but better to lift than not lift.
… I but had not mentioned because I didn’t want to nit-pick it.
That said, since Jason pointed it out, you can see in Molinari’s swing that he could get even more power out of an already powerful (avg 301 yards per drive for a 5’8″ golfer is… pretty good) action:
You’ll notice that what Jason called an early heel lift is exactly that – it’s not a synced action where the action of the hips & legs turn the shoulders and the heel comes up to allow full range in the hip rotation.
It’s more of forced lift rather than a reaction to the hip turn, and his back swing, while getting the shaft to parallel, isn’t as “cranked” as it could be to provide maximum leverage on the down swing.
That would be due to not very much rotation in the thoracic section, and my impression is that Molinari swings much in the manner of someone who has suffered either a back injury or chronic soreness, and therefor doesn’t want any spinal rotation at all.**
**Note: I have checked online and found a reference to a shoulder injury earlier in the year, but nothing with the back.
He’s been swinging with a releasing heel for some time as I found this clip on Youtube showing that with a hybrid or metal from the rear:
My guess is that he has to force that heel lift to get the full hip turn due to being left-biased at address:
… which really throws a wrench into getting to a proper top position with the driver (since we all know the proper impact position has the spine tilted right).
Other than the left-biased address, which will require a stronger “push-off” of the leading heel, I have no real criticism.
Even the un-cranked back swing – he could get more power by adding leverage from the top with more thoracic rotation, but it works for him because you’ll see the nice “stomp” he puts into that left foot begin the down swing transition:
Notice as well no “flying foot syndrome” which is what smaller guys (like Justin Thomas) are supposed to get their power from – Molinari is 5’8″ and doesn’t work out, yet he gets 300 per drive with a solidly planted front foot because he’s getting his weight onto it from the right foot at the top of the back swing.
In other words, he’s getting all the leverage he can out of his top position, and not having to manufacture it or make compensations through the “3 To 9” phase as other do when trying to drive it 300 and beyond.
A pretty decent, leveraged Classic Golf Swing action!
So, for a guy who is driving it 300 yards on average, very accurately, and who has won 3 events in his last six, which one bogey on the 3 weekends when he won (thanks to Terry for that) – I’m certainly not going to say he should make changes!
If he wants more power off the tee though, he certainly can get that without changing this swing, just more thoracic rotation on the back pivot.
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