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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.”
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.”
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.
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.”
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.”
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.