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Beef’s swing compared to an am.
Andrew “Beef” Johnston may have shed some pounds in recent months, but he remains an excellent role model for the biggerframed golfer. Power is never going to be a problem for Beef, but the technique he has developed also affords him balance, a great range of movement and flow, allowing him to add consistency to his game.
The key comparison here is how much room each golfer gives himself to swing. Martyn’s set-up isn’t too bad . But when you look at Beef’s position – stretched and extended from the ball, spine more tilted and knees a little more flexed – Martyn begins to look a tad crowded. The way Beef creates space at set up is a great example for the larger frame to copy.
Martyn employs a rather typical amateur takeaway in that he has “rolled” the club away from the ball with his hands and arms – evident in the number of knuckles he’d see if he looked down. The shaft points well right of the target, way inside the ideal plane. Beef in contrast makes a much less ‘armsy’ move, left arm and shaft very much in line, parallel to target.
3: AT THE TOP
Martyn is not in bad shape here, though the fact his face has turned away from the ball is perhaps evidence of compromised mobility. His flat arm plane puts his hands and club behind the trail shoulder, a flat plane that will need correction on the way down. Beef looks much more powerfully coiled, with stronger angles via his arms and wrists.
4: FIRST MOVE DOWN
Here we see the consequences of Martyn’s flat backswing. He has had to steepen the shaft to swing back down to the ball and he again looks crowded, with a lack of rotation at this point. This is why he has the tendency of mishit irons. Beef has the shaft approaching the ball from a flatter “inside” position. Great leg action, too.
Here we see the true benefit of the extra space Beef has given himself. His lead hip has cleared nicely and he has maintained his forward bend, giving his arms room to release the club and allowing him to create this balance and rotation at speed. Martyn has recovered quite well but again looks a little in his own way… he doesn’t quite create the power he might.
6: THE FINISH
As ever with top pros Beef achieves great balance and flow. Martyn too is pretty good, though I’d encourage him to check his grip pressure at the finish as I feel some tightness here might be restricting mobility. If he could get closer to Beef’s set-up/posture, then work on drills that help him rotate a little better, he will start to make progress.