This swing apparently produced a 367 yard drive, but a grain of salt warning, it was on a Scottish links course (the King’s Course at Gleneagles in Scotland) and we know how the ball runs half the distance of the total drive (joking, but close) … but anyway…
Padraig Harrington is the swinger in question here, and by the PGA Champions Tour caption, they apparently think his footwork is to be admired (we know they wouldn’t insult a player in their feature Tweets, so we have to assume a positive tone here).
If you follow me here, first of all the analyst here has no clue what Padraig is doing to get this distance, all he mentions is an extended right arm (observation), starting the downswing with the lower body (how else on earth would you start it) and how he comes up post-impact (more observation), and none of these things are relevant:
While you continue to look at his swing above, I can’t understand why he doesn’t just continue the short-stop slide, because that’s what allows him to get through that ball at the bottom with full power.
He’s *that close* to a near-flawless swing.
**Also as close to a devastating injury.
And this is what makes that swing work:
- Great classic hip turn with the Swinging Gate, getting that left femur to vertical,
- Weight transfers to the leading foot, great upper torso leverage with the leading arm,
- More of the same,
- Impact position nearly perfect with the weight to the leading foot, the spine tilt, ball at the swing bottom, *chef’s kiss*
But then this:
Sweet Mother of Moses…
I mean, to be so good from top to the 9 O’clock position, but then to drag that right foot to anchor it while sliding, that stops the hips turning to the finish, both legs locked tighter than Fort Knox…
He then has to step out of it with the (squared) leading foot to avoid major injury in any one of the three arrowed body areas… I mean, that sequence above is amazing to see on any of the Tours, it’s that good, but the post-impact is nightmarish, friends.
I like Paddy, he’s always experimented and I remember posting about his drive move with a step-around finish back around 2017:
… but with that twist of the leading foot before the step-around – I have no idea why top-quality players forget the first rule of walking, running or throwing (and we should include swinging here), in that you plant weight on the leading foot and release the trailing foot!
Absolutely mind-boggling to this blogger, because it’s such a natural thing to do.
Trying to time that foot twist or step-out to prevent injury, to me, is just tempting the fates. One bad timing and…
Then again, if golfers actually ever thought the Modern Golf Swing X-Factor method was the best and most powerful way to swing a golf club, I should perhaps learn to temper my expectations.
Best of luck to Paddy, and I’m hoping we don’t next see a major injury in his near future swinging in this manner.