If Brooks Koepka Lost 6 mph Into Impact, Here’s Likely WHY

Here’s what I saw when I went looking for Brooks Koepka’s 6 mph decrease in club head velocity between 18″ pre-impact to impact, and it should be plain to see for anyone who analyzes motion.

I’ve said before, been saying for years, actually, that when you squat into the address you will restrict hip turn, and when you restrict hip turn on the back swing, your hips will reach impact position before the upper body.

This will essentially jam you coming into impact and you’ll have to do strange things to keep the swing going.

Well, I have seen a swing analysis on Youtube where Koepka’s swing coach is pointing out Brook’s squatting address and deliberate restricting of the hips on the back pivot (to build torque power, in Modern Golf Swing’s eyes), and you’ll see what the result is in the area between the “3 O’Clock” position (where the club shaft reaches parallel coming down from the top) and impact.


As you can plainly see, B.K. is squatting pretty well into the address, very much like Jason Day, another squatting-address swinger (who has significant back issues at 30), and you’ll see very restricted hip action on the back pivot, which is the reason for this setup.

I’ll just let you see the swing itself below without interruption, and pay close attention to Brooks’ body as he passes the “3 O’Clock” position and comes into impact:


Everything seems to be going great on the transition into the down swing, but of course, because Brooks’ hips don’t turn as far as they should, leading to the lower back twisting and separation of the upper and lower body as one unit, the hips return and reach impact position long before the club reaches impact.


This is the “jamming,” and you’ll see B.K. reacting to that and literally standing on his toes to keep the swing and club going into and through impact:


You see that Brooks’ right elbow is jammed into his side and literally stuck until he can get his right hip out of the way so he can continue through and extend into the ball.

If the swing analysis machine they were using on Masters weekend is correct, and Brooks was losing 6 mph from pre-impact into impact, there is your cause and effect right there.

It’s not the mechanics of the down swing, but rather the address position, the restricting of the hips on the back pivot, and all the problems that come into play swinging in this manner.

Would I be shocked to hear that there’s a 6 mph loss of speed into the ball?  Looking at what I see above, absolutely not.

And for Peter Kostis to imply on television as he did on Saturday that this is something completely natural and that it will occur to everyone swinging a club would be laughable if these Modern Golf Swing proponents weren’t wrecking bodies and backs left and right with their junk science.


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6 thoughts on “If Brooks Koepka Lost 6 mph Into Impact, Here’s Likely WHY

  1. Mr. McJohn

    That’s a massive decel. 6 mph is a ton, especially swinging 126 initially. Can’t imagine what that’s doing to his body…

    1. D Watts Post author

      That’s a massive decel. 6 mph is a ton, especially swinging 126 initially. Can’t imagine what that’s doing to his body

      You nailed it, MMJ – I was discussing this same issue with The Welshman the other night – the forces generated by the swing don’t just leak into the void, and that means BK’s body is absorbing that deceleration.

      He’s already had a couple of injuries earlier in his career, and based solely on how he swings, I wouldn’t bet that he’s done with them.

      1. Mr. McJohn

        It’s odd that these golfers don’t seem to feel ill effects until the time comes for surgery. To me, if I were to strike a ball while restricting my turn, I’d physically feel it, for DAYS. Usually even after just one swing I’d have a hard time walking straight.

        It’s just odd to me is all. It doesn’t seem logical that they’re NOT feeling physical discomfort and pain doing what they do, it’s almost a deliberate ignorance and denial of what exactly happens.

        I remember long ago when Tiger had his left knee operation in 2008 after the U.S. Open. He was obviously in pain during the event, I don’t think any of us were blind to it, nor ignorant. And he played on, for 91 holes. It’s truly astonishing the weight people put on their body regardless of the fact that there is already a weight due to their swing, and people wonder why Jason Day and Jordan Spieth fell off the map so long ago as two basic examples.

        Surprising people could just put up with it, but even though I’m athletic myself, having experience in martial arts, I couldn’t do that without feeling off.

        I’m long since removed from that, and grateful I’ve saved myself 50 years.

        1. D Watts Post author

          I can’t tell you what it is, MMJ. The first time I felt lingering soreness in my left knee from a planted-heel pivot, I stopped doing it. The soreness went away. Not exactly rocket science. If the way you swing makes you feel pain, find another way to swing.

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