No fear Phil
Luther Blacklock on Lefty’s longevity.
“Even now at the age of 47, Phil Mickelson is a contender every time he tees it up. His win in the WGC-Mexico proved that and his longevity is born of a desire to win and a golf swing that matches his ambition. His swing has always been long and freeflowing, creating full flexibility that now pays dividends. It’s a little shorter but his shoulder coil and body rotation still move with an ‘oily’ smoothness. This comes from Phil’s perfect posture (1) – every reader should mimic his set-up. It’s the doorway to your most powerful and consistent backswing. As we get older, our backswings shorten, due more to fear than physical limitation. A totally committed shoulder coil (2) ignites Phil’s backswing – “You can’t be wider than wide!” His ideal knee flex is still evident (3 and 4). In
shot 4 we see Phil’s most significant swing characteristic – a very full wrist hinge at the top of his backswing. Most club golfers are reluctant to cock and uncock the wrists throughout the swing; they think it’s less accurate. It’s not. Wrist cock encourages accuracy and distance. Then, look how he releases his wrists fully and freely (5/
6/7 and 8). Oily wrists and constant knee flex go together as he’s swept through to a wonderful, uninhibited follow through. The great thing about Phil is that fear of a bad shot doesn’t suppress the fullness and freedom of his swing. He reaps the rewards of that.”
Luther Blacklock is a Master PGA Professional