SWING SE­QUENCE: PA­TRICK REED

Back­ing up his big talk with primo golf – spoke glow­ingly of Reed’s gutsy play. While most of the Amer­i­can play­ers were get­ting slapped around by the Euro­peans, Reed went 3-0-1. He’ll no doubt be a favourite to win a ma­jor in 2015. Here, Reed’s teacher,

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A pow­er­ful move that screams con­fi­dence.

Pa­trick Reed has prob­a­bly never been ac­cused of un­der­selling him­self. And that’s putting it mildly. Back in col­lege, when he was lead­ing Au­gusta State to two NCAA cham­pi­onships (2010-’11), his coach of­ten pleaded with him to keep his mouth shut and let his clubs do the talk­ing. But that’s just not Reed’s style. Af­ter he won the WGC-Cadil­lac Cham­pi­onship at Trump Na­tional Do­ral a year ago, he de­clared him­self one of the top-five play­ers in the world – and he had yet to even play in a ma­jor.

Okay, so he’s cocky. For now, the na­tive Texan is back­ing it up. His play­off win at the Hyundai Tour­na­ment of Cham­pi­ons in Jan­uary was his fourth on the PGA Tour since Au­gust 2013. And at the Ry­der Cup, Johnny Miller – no stranger to the brash depart­ment

MIR­ROR, MIR­ROR

Teacher Kevin Kirk gives Pa­trick Reed sev­eral one-minute ex­er­cises that he does in­doors in front of a mir­ror. “Th­ese pro­mote pat­tern­ing,” Kirk says, “and co­or­di­nate lay­ers of move­ment.” One ex­er­cise at setup checks ba­sics like head po­si­tion and pos­ture. “He’s bal­anced here, head back,” Kirk says. “Good for driv­ing.”

AMP­ING UP

Go­ing back, Reed’s lower body pro­vides a sta­ble base against which his rib cage and fore­arms move to the right. “Well into the back­swing, his left knee has barely moved, but his shoul­ders are al­most fully turned,” Kirk says. This early in the swing, Reed is al­ready start­ing to store power.

WAIT FOR IT

Reed says his thought at the top is to stay pa­tient – “al­most a pause,” he says. Kirk likes the L-shape made by the club­shaft and the left arm, which is formed by the time the arm is par­al­lel with the ground. “He tries to be com­pact at the top,” Kirk says. “There’s no ex­tra arm play in this back­swing.”

GO­ING FOR­WARD

“We’ve worked hard to get the pres­sure mov­ing across Pa­trick’s feet, from his right foot to his left as he starts down,” Kirk says. “See how he keeps his left knee bent? That shows he’s mov­ing his lower body well.” He re­tains the an­gle be­tween his left arm and club­shaft, which leads to a last­sec­ond power burst.

CLAS­SIC IM­PACT

“I love this im­pact photo,” Kirk says. “He’s in con­trol. His body, arms and club are well­co­or­di­nated.” Kirk points out that noth­ing is out­rac­ing any­thing else. The look is sim­i­lar to ad­dress. “If golfers would get into a good setup, turn back and re­turn to that po­si­tion at im­pact, they’d al­most cer­tainly im­prove.”

SAFE FIN­ISH

Kirk says he wants Reed to have a swing that will last, with a low like­li­hood of in­jury. “Pa­trick has great tal­ent. We want him to use it for a long time,” Kirk says. Reed’s rib cage and fore­arms still work as a team, his right fore­arm turn­ing over his left. “He’s stacked up on his left leg, back straight,” Kirk says. “No in­jury there.”

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SOURCE: SHOT L I N K

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