No fear Phil

Luther Black­lock on Lefty’s longevity.

Golf World (UK) - - THE SPIN -

“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

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