WORLD NO.3 JUSTIN THOMAS
In our technique-driven game it’s only natural to want to see these differences in terms of plane, arc, angles and all the rest of it. But very often, underpinning these apparently technical issues is a gulf in physicality.
“It’s perhaps a bit cruel to compare David here – or indeed any club player – to Justin Thomas,” says Andrew Murray. “Justin is 25, flexible and
Justin shows the typically balanced and athletic look of the modern Tour pro at address, something David would do well to copy. But it’s the alignment that is most significant. We can see more of David’s left hand and wrist here, and his gloved hand is a lot closer to his thigh. A minor squaring-up adjustment would help him.
Compare Davis’s clubface to JT’S. While Justin’s leading edge remains in a strong, square position David’s is quite fanned and open. Similarly, compare the glove badges: Justin’s looks more in front of him, while David’s is rotated to the sky. David will get more power and less of a glancing blow by correcting this.
3: AT THE TOP
Compare the trail arm positions. Justin’s is extended, a result of a wide arc and more upper body engagement; David’s relatively collapsed right arm suggests a more armsy move to the top with less width and probably a shorter shoulder turn. It also sees him lay the club off (shaft points left), most likely promoting a weak fade.
spends all day hitting balls; of course his action is going to be more dynamic and powerful. Yet by laying his action against David’s, we get a clear picture of how a lack of flexibility and mobility can compromise your golf shots. David is typical of the club player, in that he will benefit just as much by working on those areas as the swing itself.”
As so often in this series, delivery is the best time to see the difference between the dynamism of a Tour pro and the more limited movement of the amateur. JT is so active in the lower half, hips rotating and left glute visible; in contrast David looks so static, hips square and hands/arms doing the work.
You might think we’ve repeated David’s address position here; there is only the barest hint of hip rotation and both feet are flush on the turf. He doesn’t need to recreate Justin’s fantastically powerful hip rotation, but if he can work on a more active lower body from the top he will find a more powerful downswing.
6: THE FINISH
The full-blown follow through and balance at speed for JT is something we can all aim for. David finally gets some movement into his feet, but his generally static motion means he is generating a fraction of this potential speed and power. A few sessions with his pro will help him make progress.
Name: David Mcgee Handicap: 22 Best ever round: “I’ve shot 81 three times”
Name: Justin Thomas Handicap: Pro Best ever round: Shot 59 at the 2017 Sony Open