Yes, he’s a very tall player with long limbs (levers), but when you look at how ridiculously short his back swing is and how effortlessly he’s leveraging the club, you will realize that Finau could be monstrous-long, a good deal longer than he already is, with an adjustment or two.
Now, you don’t hear me complaining about Tony Finau risking injury even though he swings in the Modern Golf Swing style with the restricted hip turn and planted leading heel on the back pivot because there’s one thing you can do when swinging this way to avoid injury, and that is to dial it down and not swing hard, including avoiding twisting the lower back region to get a longer back swing than your hip turn will allow.
First, take a look at Finau’s top position, where you can see very little hip turn, caused by the planted leading heel. Finau stops well short of parallel and the arms are still below his right shoulder, but look at that tight right elbow:
Great impact position with the right arm coming to extension, a good open hip position and square shoulders, and look at that flat right foot at impact.
These are things you should not be trying to manipulate consciously, as they will happen when you create the proper conditions with the stance, pivot and mechanics.
As you can see in the above gif as well as the video, he is not swinging anywhere near as hard as he could be swinging, which will serve him well in the injury-risk department.
So, how does Tony Finau get even more out of that power-packed move?
Very simply, if he freed up the hips and allowed a bigger hip turn than the barely-turn he performs, with the very same swing, he gets the arms and club closer if not all the way to the parallel-shaft position, and the greater hip turn (and longer back swing) allows him a more aggressive weight shift into the leading foot, as well as building more leverage and momentum coming into the swing bottom.
So, he would get a higher club and ball speed with basically the same effort but a bigger pivot – this is really not rocket science, as the modern analyst and instructors would have you believe.
Tony Finau is “using the ground” excellently by remaining in contact with it, which gives him more leverage against the ground (you can’t “use the ground” if you’re not on it and are in the air or on your toes).
The larger point of this is that Tony Finau does not need extra speed or power in his swing at the moment because he’s still young and fit – but as he gets older and creakier and loses the natural flexibility and range of motion – then, he’ll really want to look into getting more hip turn and a longer back swing to maintain his speed and distance rather than having it decline with the advancing years.
He’s so big and strong that he’s at the top of the power charts with barely more than a half-swing – I would bet money that he’d be even longer than he is now 15 years older, with a proper Classic Golf Swing pivot and the exact same swing!
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