These are the only two golf swings from the PGA Tour that you should be looking at to begin with, in my humble opinion, if you want a golf swing that will give you everything from speed, distance, accuracy and consistency.
Now, you all know my opinion that Nicklaus has as close to the optimal Classic Golf Swing as there is, and let me show you this swing that had only one setup thing and one mechanical thing keeping it from being just about that.
First, the action – wow, is that some good stuff.
Great floating pivot (the head moves a little, dipping and coming back up, but it really never moves laterally in either direction), swinging left gate and vigorous transfer into the leading foot on the transition:
Can you see the one thing I’m talking about in the setup?
If you said, “the stance is too wide,” then congratulations – aside from the wider-than-optimal stance, there is virtually nothing else to critique from the swing looking face-on.
Mechanically, there’s a little leading foot instability on the finish, which comes from the extra-wide stance and Jack not releasing the trailing foot into the post-impact.
Take this setup from Jack and simply shift his trailing foot (no more than 4-6″) until the heel is roughly in line with the right side of his head and he’d have been just about there.
Well, we’ll never know, but take this driver swing, fix the stance width and I’d have a heck of a time finding anything there – of course, something else may have popped up with the narrowing of the stance width, but that’s really the only issue in his setup.
It’s not even wrong, it’s just not an optimal stance because of the width.
But this is why he was an 18x major champion and won over 70 events while focusing more on his fishing trips than range and tournament work – the phrase that “Jack Nicklaus was a legend in his spare time” is about as apt a quip as I could think to make if it hadn’t already been said.