OWN YOUR SWING

Golf Australia - - THE WANDERING GOLFER -

De­vel­op­ing his game in windswept War­rnam­bool, Leishman had to learn to con­trol his golf ball to play well and has said he does so through the use of his hands. This ‘handsy’ ac­tion has made the 34-year-old one of best wind play­ers on the planet and in ad­di­tion to some unique foot­work makes Leishman’s ac­tion un­like any other on the PGA Tour and some­thing of a throw­back to the swings of days gone by.

Leishman trans­fers plenty of weight into his right side at the top of the back­swing, with a sig­nif­i­cant hip turn and his left knee flex­ing more to­wards the ball than many other mod­ern play­ers, who re­strict their hip ro­ta­tion against their up­per body turn.

A clas­sic shift of the hips to­wards the tar­get starts his downswing, but it is af­ter the ball is gone where the three-time PGA Tour win­ner makes mul­ti­ple moves that re­ally set his golf swing apart.

As the club passes his body and re­leases down the line, Leishman’s left foot al­most fol­lows it. The turn­ing out of the left foot is fol­lowed by his right knee dip­ping af­ter im­pact, both of which are to coun­ter­act a lack of mo­bil­ity in his left hip and re­sults in both feet point­ing down the fair­way like a run­ner pre­par­ing to start a 100-me­tre sprint.

While Leishman’s swing might look di…er­ent to most of his com­peti­tors, it is ex­tremely

re­peat­able and re­li­able and pro­vides one of the best ex­am­ples of the ben­e­fits of learn­ing to swing the club your way, rather than copy­ing some­one else’s move.

Here, Marc is do­ing a tremen­dous job of main­tain­ing, and if any­thing in­creas­ing, the an­gle in his wrists to cre­ate lag. This move al­lows him to lead the club into im­pact with his body and arms rather than the other way around, which is a sign of a ma­jor power leak. From be­hind, you can see Leishman’s legs and arms have al­most com­pletely straight­ened as the force of the ground pushes him up. He makes room for this pow­er­ful move by clear­ing his hips left and main­tain­ing his spine an­gle. The ball is gone but Leishman’s head is still be­hind the im­pact point – a key com­po­nent in his im­proved driv­ing – while his left arm and left leg form a straight line which he will con­tinue to ro­tate around, giv­ing a ter­rific ex­am­ple of the phrase “hit­ting into your left side”.

Un­like many other play­ers of to­day who cre­ate a left-to-right ball flight by pulling the club low and to the left post im­pact, Leishman em­ploys a full re­lease down the line that puts on full dis­play his ‘handsy’ method of con­trol­ling the ball flight. Look at Leishman’s left foot, it has turned al­most 90 de­grees from where it started at ad­dress to com­pen­sate for a lack of mo­bil­ity in his hip and his hands have fin­ished high – a po­si­tion that is rare in mod­ern swings but gives his ac­tion a time­less look and one that is all his own. Even though Marc has taken his right hand off the club in the top im­age, he is com­pletely bal­anced and has wrapped the shaft around his back. Although a lit­tle dif­fer­ent to some, there is no wasted en­ergy in this swing.

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