I was very pleased to see some changes in Cameron Champ’s setup and mechanics in the rear view of his driver swing – let’s take a look, shall we?
First, let’s take a look at the swing clip:
Cameron Champ – Rear View
Now, here’s what I see.
Setup Change: You’ll observe that, instead of a left-bias, Cameron now appears to have a more neutral or center-biased setup, so he doesn’t have either a left “Leaning A” nor a right “Leaning A,” which is much better than leaning left, but not optimal as the right-leaning setup:
You can see a pretty neutral “A” shape there, and although the shoulders are nicely tilted, there is a bit of contortion in the back due to the vertical nature of the “A” (not leaning right) and that makes the hips very level.
1 + 1 = 2, so tilted shoulders plus level hips means some contortion, and you can see that in the wrinkle pattern of the shirt in the back.
Contrast that with the hip tilt and spine tilt in the “Leaning A” setup and the lack of extreme wrinkling in the shirt, as the back is properly aligned:
Still a great improvement to go from left-biased to centered, which will take a lot of stress off the lower back transitioning from address to the impact positions, but you can see the result of the non-optimal setup in the change of head position from address to impact:
Mechanically, Cameron appears to have switched from the Modern Golf Swing planted-heel pivot and torqued lower back to a Classic Golf Swing motion of allowing the hip turn to lift the leading heel!
Cameron’s Floating Heel Pivot
That is a great thing, as it allows him to “Swing The Gate” with the left thigh without stressing the leading knee, as well as, of course, taking a lot of twisting forces off the lower back with the hips & legs doing the turning work.
For that alone, I give Cameron’s swing change a big, BIG thumbs-up – I just hope it’s a permanent change and not a temporary fiddling-around, because this is a necessary change to preserve his back in years to come.
The only other critique I would have, aside from the “Vertical A” setup, is the twisting front foot through impact, due to the failure to shift completely to the leading foot and the anchoring of the trailing foot rather than allowing it to release:
Green is good, red is not, basically.
Cameron has been struggling a bit and that could be due to changes that he’s still getting used to, but that head-shifting, what I called the “Trebuchet Drop” years ago, will affect consistency, so if he doesn’t shift to the “Leaning A” setup, he could always be hot and cold like another infamous head-dropper:
All in all though, a great development to see him freeing his hips and easing that lower back twisting and strain, which was my only mechanical concern with CC’s swing when I looked a it before:
Let’s hope he keeps working to make that swing more mechanically optimal, because if he ever finds that slot, he’ll be an awesome force to contend with for many years to come on the Tour!
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