GRACE’S STOCK SHAPE
Branden Grace’s swing isn’t cut from the same mould as his fellow South Africans Ernie Els, Louis Oosthuizen and Retief Goosen – a trio of major champions with classically beautiful and technically correct golf swings.
Despite lacking some of the good technical attributes of most modern professionals, there is no doubt Grace’s swing works and works well. And the key is he knows the shape of every driver he hits before he hits it.
Grace’s swing produces a reliable fade, which automatically eliminates any trouble on the left side of every hole he plays.
A fade also gives him greater control of his ball from the tee, where a draw or hook would be more likely to run into trouble.
1 Grace sets up to the ball in a relaxed athletic position. He has made a slight change to his address from recent years as he now stands a little taller with his hands slightly closer to his body. 2 The first move away is a one-piece action started by the turning of the shoulders, not his hands. Note how the clubhead is just inside the target line on a natural arc. 3 As Grace’s hands reach hip height, his shoulders have turned about 45° and his weight is starting to load into his right side. The shaft of the club is ideally parallel to his toe-line below which, in turn, is parallel to the target line.