What to learn from Louis Oosthuizen, owner of one of golf’s most beautiful swings
Louis Oosthuizen produces what seems like effortless power with his golf swing, and he does it much more with leverage and good sequencing than with brute force.
In this photograph, you can see him doing two important things to illustrate this idea. He’s turning his hips as he swings through impact, and his left leg is providing a stable anchor point for him to pivot around. This allows his arms to whip through the hitting area with loose, free speed, like the end of a whip cracking in the air.
Because Oosthuizen’s downswing sequencing is so good and he’s producing so much speed, his arms are fully extended as he comes through impact.
Many players stop their body rotation too soon and make a big lateral slide towards the target, which can cause the arms to retract through impact and the lead elbow to bend into an awkward position.
Not only does this drain power from the swing, it forces the player to manipulate the clubhead to try to either square the face quickly or hold it off so it doesn’t turn over and produce a big hook.
The lesson you can learn from Louis is to make sure you shift to your front side on the downswing and keep turning over your front leg. The momentum of this move will thrust your arms down and through the ball for maximum power. – CLIFF SHROCK Louis Oosthuizen, 33, had his second best year on the PGA Tour in 2015, after poor years in 2013 and 2014. His first year on tour was 2011 and best year was 2012. • 30th in FedEx Cup • $3.25 million in prizemoney
(22nd) • 6 top 10s • T-2 at US Open and The Open BEST STATS: • 2nd in scrambling from
10-20 yards (75%) • 8th in scrambling from
rough (63%) • 11th in sand saves (61%)