Cauley’s textbook swing is starting to pay off
STRIKE A POSE
Although Cauley’s setup looks great, says his coach, Matt Killen, it requires constant monitoring: weight distribution, ball position and the alignment of the feet, hips, chest and clubface relative to the shot he’s trying to hit. The hands and sternum start back in line; he’s focused on creating width, Killen says.
To coil his body significantly, you can see that Cauley lets his lower body move in the same direction as his torso, Killen says. “Note how his right knee is higher than the left when he’s halfway back,” Killen says. “He’s not trying to limit the lower body from turning. Most great players do not limit hip turn.”
STEADY AND READY
Look at his head at address and compare it to the next three photos. It has tilted slightly, but it’s still centered, Killen says. Amateur tip: A steady head promotes solid contact. Like many great ball-strikers, Cauley also has turned his shoulders roughly 90 degrees by the time his left arm gets parallel to the ground.
As he starts the downswing, he presses into the ground, evidenced by the increase in knee flex, Killen says. At the same time, his hips are opening. That combination creates a lot of power. “This is when he ‘lays the shaft down,’ ” Killen says, “allowing him to swing from inside-out and hit a small draw.”
“Look at his belt line,” Killen says. “You can see the belt is rising as his hips open. He’s pushing up.” The slight tilt away from the target at impact is created by the hips moving forward while the upper body stays back. “This is very common among the bombers on tour,” Killen says. “It allows him to hit up on the ball.”
Cauley might appear to be in a quiet, perfectly balanced finish, but a lot happened before this point, Killen says. The force he created in the downswing caused his feet to noticeably move from start to finish— especially the left. “A powerful driver swing is an aggressive motion,” Killen says.