FOR INCREDIBLE BALANCE – START WITH THE FINISH
Can you swing a golf club as hard as possible and hold your finish position?
If the asnwer is no, here is the reason why and you would do well to try and copy Rory, who possesses a finish position that some have described as a thing of beauty.
His swing seems e ortless and smooth, just like the “easy”, powerful swing you would love to have. But it’s not easy at all, it’s just that the exertion is in the stable lower body, not his arms or shoulders, which is what most amateur golfers use to try and generate power.
Here’s a drill you can use to encourage a balanced finish like Rory. Start your next practice session by striking a finish position pose, perhaps like McIlroy’s, and holding it as if you were posing for a photographer.
Make sure you are balanced and your belt buckle is pointing towards the target. Now make a swing and try to swing into your ‘posed’ finish position. It won’t be easy but stick with it for a dozen swings or so and you should see a di erence with the quality of your strikes.
Chances are, if you can hold your finish as long as McIlroy does, you’ve probably made a good swing.
Heading into the ball, Rory’s hips have really cleared out the way so he can power his arms into impact and through. His lagging of the clubhead behind his hands in the downswing is about to unleash the club at top speed. A unique aspect of Rory’s impact is his open shoulders relative to the target line. In comparison, most players’ shoulders are approximately square to the target at impact. Rory’s are pointing well left of his target, which is quite extraordinary. This is a move that is very much his own. 7 8 Rory’s shoulder line through impact is one aspect of his swing he may have to modify as he gets older and, perhaps, less supple, so there are fewer demands placed on his body. 9