JASON DAY’S WINNING SWING
Jason Day possesses a swing that is widely envied and was at its best when he won recently at Torrey Pines. The Swing Doctor reveals what you can learn from his winning swing.
1 Day’s address position is strong and athletic. He has a little more flex in his knees than other elite players but he looks balanced, with his weight over the balls of his feet. Also, important to note here that the shaft of the club is ideally at a right angle to Day’s spine and the butt of the club is pointing at his belt buckle.
2 A textbook set-up leads to a good takeaway. His one-piece takeaway has been initiated by his shoulders. Look how relaxed his arms appear to be as he turns. This is important when its comes to the final stages of the backswing and the folding of the right arm.
3 Halfway back, his arms are out in front of his turning upper body and the shaft of the club is on a line that is close to parallel with the target line. See how the toe of the driver is pointing straight up, which indicates the clubface is square, relative to its square position at address.
4 Day’s backswing shows great control but it is also storing lots of power. His legs have remained relatively quiet during the backswing, as have his hips while his shoulders have almost reached 90 degrees to the target line. This is a position of strength.
5 Day’s shoulders have turned beyond the 90 degrees but his arms swing shorter than most Tour players. He has got such a strong upper body, he can generate all the power he wants through his upper body rotation and the use of the bigger muscles without swinging the club long.
6 As Day starts his downswing, his hips have rotated independently of his upper body. This transition creates plenty of lag and stored power, which will be applied to the ball at impact.
7 Day’s club shaft points perfectly at the target line running through the ball. This means Day, who started with his club perfectly on plane at address, is still on plane reaching halfway in the downswing. Another indicator of good path and plane, is the shaft bisects his right and left forearms.
8 The clubhead is really motoring now. His hips have cleared through and his right elbow is tucked in nicely near his right hip. This is indicative of Day’s wide backswing then narrowing on the downswing to promote a draw swing path.
9 This is as good as gets at impact. All the stored up power has been released at the moment of truth and Day has made a powerful, clean strike.