RE­LAXED AND READY

Golf Digest (South Africa) - - Soren Kjeldsen -

Soren sets up with his head and hands be­hind the ball, his right shoul­der well be­low his left. This pro­motes an up­ward strike with the driver. “Note the an­gle of the stripes on his shirt,” says his teacher, Colin Smith. Also im­por­tant: Soren is re­laxed. “His hands and arms are soft, and his left arm is not ex­tended.”

HING­ING EARLY

Tak­ing the club back, he ex­hibits an early wrist cock while his lower body re­mains sta­ble. “This shows that you don’t have to be like Rory McIl­roy, rigid at ad­dress and go­ing back,” Smith says. “The av­er­age golfer, who can’t prac­tice a lot, should keep the hands and arms soft and sup­ple to avoid a tense swing.”

STA­BLE TURN

He cre­ates a “dou­ble-lever ac­tion,” by cock­ing his wrists and then fold­ing the left arm, Smith says. Those are two power gen­er­a­tors. And he does it with­out slid­ing or sway­ing. That helps en­sure a cen­tre-face strike. “If you drew a line from the cen­tre of his ch­est to the ground, it’s the same as it was at ad­dress,” Smith says.

RE­LEAS­ING POWER

Start­ing down, he un­leashes the club with tremen­dous speed by let­ting the two levers – the left wrist and arm – straighten. His lower body ini­ti­ates the down­swing but isn’t wildly over­ac­tive. “Soren’s knees don’t move to­gether,” Smith says. “Like Sam Snead, his right foot stays down as his left knee moves at the tar­get.”

AC­TIVE HANDS

As he strikes the ball, “Soren has a lit­tle more hand and arm ro­ta­tion than the av­er­age tour player, re­sult­ing in a con­trolled draw,” Smith says. Past im­pact, note how the right hand rolls over the left. “This kind of re­lease is rec­om­mended for the av­er­age golfer,” Smith says. “Es­pe­cially if you tend to slice the ball.”

STAT­UESQUE FIN­ISH

His steady head po­si­tion is a re­sult of swing­ing with great bal­ance. “He just piv­ots around his cen­tre,” Smith says, not­ing am­a­teurs can copy this by prac­tis­ing with their feet closer to­gether. He ends with his weight on the out­side of the left foot and right toe. “It looks like he can stand like that for years,” Smith says.

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