There was nothing technically wrong with saying to swing like Rory, but it was the whole thing once again on someone just telling you what they’re seeing, which you can see for yourself, and not a thing on how actually to swing like Rory.
First of all, the mention of Rory’s huger shoulder turn – big no-no, as Rory is twisting the lower back quite a bit. He does get some heel lift in the leading foot at times, but there is no way the average person is going to get the same lower back twist, nor should you even be trying to do that.
You get more than adequate shoulder turn with a proper hip & leg pivot:
Second, Rory does not do the “vertical lift” or the “using the ground” nonsense that you’re constantly hearing about, but that will never stop the guys on TV from picking a theme and hammering it into the ground, whether it’s correct or not.
Rory does have some extension of the leading leg into impact but if you were watching, his left foot was flat on the ground at impact, and he doesn’t do the “flying foot” thing.
Third, it is not his leg extension that causes the upward Driver impact, it is simply that he catches the ball at or near the swing bottom, when the leading shoulder is going up and back – now, if your left arm isn’t going to stretch, there is only one direction the hands and club are going to be going at that point, and it’s UP.
Look At Left Shoulder At Impact
As you can see above, I’m not hyper-extending my leading leg into impact and yet I’m creating upwards of 12 degrees launch angle with an 8 degree Driver as you can verify in the data plate at the bottom of this posting.
I’ve even demonstrated how you can create an upward Driver impact with a forward-leaning shaft, and how to create shallow swing bottoms with irons using the proper mechanics and ball position for the club in question:
Fourth, none of this pointing out of Rory’s shoulder turn, extending leg at impact nor his positive attack angle is telling you HOW to swing like Rory, it’s merely telling you what you can see for yourself. Worse, the suggestion was made to put a water bottle a little ways ahead of the ball to ensure you’re getting the club head up at impact.
That’s nonsense. All you’re going to do is break a lot of water bottles and perhaps strain your wrists, and if you miss the bottle, you’re just making compensations for that drill that will completely disappear once you make a real swing on the course. Been there, done that with stuff like this, so save yourself the trouble.
Fifth, the absolute bogus claim was offered that getting the club up into the ball at impact will increase your speed and power and give you longer drives. Absolute rubbish. It might give you longer drives with an upward attack angle based on what we know are optimal impact numbers (positive attack angle, low spin), but in no way will changing your attack angle increase speed and power:
3.9 Upward Attack Angle & 2233 RPM Spin = Long Carry
The only way to increase speed and power is to improve your mechanics, and changing your attack angle is improving impact, not your mechanics.
In fact, manipulating the same swing to change your numbers will likely decrease your speed and power if that’s all you’re doing.
No, the way to swing with great speed and power and to get positive attack angle with the Driver is with the proper setup and mechanics.
And nothing I heard in that demonstration offered an iota to the viewer on how to do that.
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