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