Swing Se­quence: Brooks Koepka

Who says fades are weak? Swing like the new U.S. Open champ, and you’ll blast it, too

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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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