In this article we have a look at the sweet, simple, and powerful golf swing of Webb Simpson, 2012 US Open Champion.
The Occasional Golfer has much to learn from Simpson's motion. He has a rhythmic tempo, great balance, and soft hands, which make him a consistent ball striker. Perhaps most notable is the huge amount of lag Simpson generates on his downswing, which gives him plenty of graceful power.
Power and consistency, it's what we all look for, right? So how does Webb do it? Have a look:
To break down Webb's swing a bit further, have a look at his key positions. Here is Webb from address to the top:
|Webb Simpson from setup to the top of his backswing.|
Here is Webb during the downswing:
|Webb Simpson develops tremendous lag on his downswing.|
Simpson's head has not moved toward the target at all since the top of the swing. If anything, his head is moving a bit backwards, away from the target, at this point. Webb has initiated the downswing with his lower body, while keeping his hands quiet, flexible, and loose on the club. In other words, he got to this remarkable position and developed his tremendous lag by driving his lower body on the downswing, NOT by swinging his arms.
This correct move from the top is perhaps the most difficult thing for most people to master. It is the opposite of an "over the top" or "casting" motion on the downswing. Webb has not only mastered it, he's taken it to a whole new level. It comes down to eliminating tension in your left shoulder and your left wrist. (Not your left elbow -- the left elbow stays mostly straight).
As Webb's clubhead attacks the ball on the downswing the angle starts to get bigger. But note, even when his hands are almost over the ball, and his club is parallel to the ground, the angle is still almost 90 degrees. Most amateurs have lost their wrist cock much earlier in the swing than this!
Here is Simpson from impact to finish:
|Webb Simpson releases the club down the line to a balanced finish.|
Webb Simpson is a great ball striker, with a simple swing that has a lot of great elements for the Occasional Golfer to emulate. See if you can't channel a little Webb the next time you are on the range or on your local course!
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