Sergio Garcia has been one of the best and most consistent ball strikers on the PGA Tour since his debut in 1999. Sergio's swing may look a little bit unusual at first. But in fact Sergio can show the Occasional Golfer some very solid swing elements.
Have a look at this slow motion video of Sergio hitting a mid-iron:
First, like all pros, his setup position is excellent.
Notice how his head stays over the ball throughout the backswing. Pay attention to his shadow on the ground -- it stays almost perfectly still throughout the swing. Sergio has absolutely no lateral sway on the backswing. He has a solid position at the top, as expected. Please also note that he has a very good shoulder turn, but not he does not have an excessively long backswing.
The difference between Sergio and most other players comes on the downswing. Notice how his wrist cock increases during the downswing. Compare the wrist cock at the top of the swing (0:10) to the wrist cock on the downswing (0:12). You see that his wrist cock has increased on the downswing, as it should. To pull this off, there can be very little tension in his wrist or left shoulder. This gives him tremendous lag and power in his downswing, more than you might expect from someone of his stature.
You can see the effect better from the side -- let's let Peter Kostis take us through the swing and illustrate Sergio's tremendous lag:
It's this extra wrist cock and lag that Sergio generates on his downswing that makes his swing look a little different than most. But it sure does work for him! Maybe it can work for you too.
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