Swing Sequence: Brooks Koepka
Who says fades are weak? Swing like the new U.S. Open champ, and you’ll blast it, too
Hit the power fade like the new U.S. Open champ.
MOVIN’ ON UP
A 320-yard tee shot starts with a two-inch adjustment. Koepka struggles when his ball position drifts back a touch. “When it’s forward like it is here, Brooks feels like he can really rotate through the ball,” says Claude Harmon III, Koepka’s swing coach. “If it drifts back in his stance, it messes with his swing path.”
FRONT AND CENTER
A big key for Koepka is making sure the club stays in front of his body on the backswing and downswing. That means Koepka doesn’t pull the clubhead inside on the way back. And on the downswing, the clubhead stays outside his hands, so “he can swing free and really use his athleticism,” Harmon says.
ENOUGH IS ENOUGH
“My swing thought has always been the same— don’t
overswing,” Koepka says. “I want to feel like I’m going back three- quarters instead of a full turn, and really firing from there.” Harmon says the thought helps Koepka keep width to his swing and prompts him to make an aggressive turn through the ball.
THE MATCH GAME
Koepka’s ability to drive it long and straight under pressure comes from an ideal mixture of swing elements that square the club at impact, Harmon says: “His clubface is a little shut. So if he rotates his body and releases the club, he can go after the ball as hard as he wants, and it’s going to go pretty straight.”
SWEET AND LOW
Want to get a better release through impact? Borrow one of Koepka’s favourite sensations. “He tries to feel the handle being low at impact, and his chest more open,” Harmon says. “If the handle is higher, it’s harder to release the club,” which means the clubface won’t be in position to hit his reliable cut.
TURN, TURN, TURN
Look at Koepka’s follow-through. There’s great body rotation. “You don’t see too much separation between his left arm and body right after impact,” Harmon says. “If that arm moves away too much, it means his chest stopped turning.” When the chest stops, it’s really difficult to control the shot shape and find the fairway.
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