GRACE’S STOCK SHAPE

Golf Australia - - SWINGS EQUENCE -

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.

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