SOREN KJELDSEN

An ef­fi­cient, free-and-easy swing to learn from.

Golf Digest (South Africa) - - Contents - – roger schiff­man

Soren Kjeldsen’s swing is one of the most un­usual for a mod­ern-day tour pro. There is no rigid­ity in his hands and arms, no em­pha­sis on the big mus­cles or a huge shoul­der turn to gen­er­ate more power. In­stead, the Dan­ish pro’s wrists cock early, his left arm bends and his hands never rise above his head as he takes the club to the top of the back­swing.

It might look un­usual, but it works. Last year the four-time win­ner on the Euro­pean Tour fin­ished T-7 at the Mas­ters, T-9 at the Open, and had five other top-10 fin­ishes; he also won the Ir­ish Open in 2015.

He has been work­ing with Scot­tish-born in­struc­tor Colin Smith since 1992, and although Smith has helped main­tain Kjeldsen’s spe­cial tech­nique, it was al­ways the teacher’s goal to make his player self-suf­fi­cient. “I come from the Jack Grout/Jack Nick­laus phi­los­o­phy that you need to un­der­stand your swing so you can fix it your­self,” Smith says. “Soren’s soft arms and hands and very full re­lease make it eas­ier to swing the club freely un­der pres­sure. That’s why it’s the type of swing av­er­age golfers should em­u­late.”

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