Rory McIlroy Has Some Gosh-Darned Leverage

If you want to know why Rory McIlroy has so much power for a man standing 5’9″ and weighing all of 160 lbs, you only have to look at his down swing and impact/release to see why.

Forget all the nonsense you hear on television, the true secret of Rory’s power is the leveraging he creates both with his semi-classic pivot (heel comes up a little, but even that little gives him more hip turn than a fully planted pivot) and his down swing from the top.

First off, great win at the RBC Canadian Open, and I love the Toronto Raptors jersey on you Rors – though I’m not sure about the Manchester United red – but seeing how Rory admitted to rooting for Liverpool FC in the ’18 Champions League Final vs Real Madrid, I will be extremely magnanimous and overlook his fútbol allegiances.

All kidding aside, it’s an exciting time for Canadian sports and I was rooting for Rory all the way to take our national championship.  We have a long list of great champions and Rory McIlroy is a fabulous addition to it.

Now, if you look at Rory’s swing from down the line, the only real critique I have is that he could get more hip turn with a little more heel lift, and I think that restriction in the hips is a good factor to look at when he’s blowing his wedges long and left as has troubled him in some instances:

At the top, could be a little teensie bit tighter with the right arm, but since he’s got a very flat angle with the left arm, he’s in OK shape there.

From the top, it’s sublime action at it’s best.  An excellent “Drop” from the top as the hips begin to leverage the upper body around and the hands and club down, and from the “3 O’Clock” position, just amazing leverage of the club down through impact to “9 O’Clock” (the “Pop”) and beautiful release:

You see that right elbow just drop to the hip and extend into the impact and release?  There is no “hold on” there, nor any “tuck and turn” with the elbow stapled to the hip, and absolutely no “swing left” in that release.

This, my friends, is as close to a perfect down swing action as you’re going to see on Tour.

That impact position:

Pretty darned good, just a little over-extended right leg but look how low that trailing heel is.

My verdict – Hell Yeah!

Now, even though Rory does have some twist in the lower back to get such a huge shoulder turn, the extent of the twist is lessened by the fact that the leading heel does come up, however slightly, and he has no violent change of direction from the top into transition.

In short, the lower back is over-twisted for my liking, but he is “locked at the top” and does not torque his lower back on the transition.

The only issue I see is the risk of injury as he gets older and less pliable, if he insists on continuing to twist the lower back as much as that, and also there will be a loss of power and distance as that flexibility diminishes if he doesn’t get more hip turn in the pivot.

So, like Tony Finau, Rory could be instantly longer tomorrow with more hip turn and the exact same swing action, and he would be as powerful and long as he is today when he’s 40 if does implement that increased hip turn.

And that, my friends, is it for me today.

Game 5 of the NBA Championships is approaching, my Toronto Raptors are going for Win 4 and the whole enchilada, and I’ve got to get some bubbly to put on ice in case it happens, and Gochujang-style chicken wings to get ready for game time.

Have a great night, Go Raptors!

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