It may seem fairly obvious why I have chosen Adam Hadwin for this swing analysis, he shot 59 a few weeks ago. But the other reason is because some years ago, when he and I were both playing on the Canadian Tour, I had the pleasure of playing with Adam. And so, since then I have paid a reasonably close attention to his progression to the PGA tour and now to a player everyone knows about.
I remember at the time I played with Adam. He was one of the hottest players on the Canadian tour, and I was definitely not, and so playing with him was something I was very much excited about because I saw it as a great opportunity in which I might learn something.
What I did learn that day was that he was someone who was very comfortable in their own skin, the way he walked and talked did everything to exude a very relaxed confidence. And so, after the round I went back to my hotel room to try and figure out how I could be more confident like he was.
Not much of a swing analysis yet I know
My conclusion was, that he had won a tournament already that year and made a bunch of money that season. So although he was playing with me, after just making the cut, he knew he had nothing to worry about.
What I didn’t look at, and I’ll blame my youth, was the work he had done and was doing. He wasn’t first there or last to leave by any means, but he was doing what he had to do every day. After that day I played with him, I came to notice him during practice quite often, doing the same putting drills, working on the same move in his backswing on the range, and so on.
Adam Hadwin was just trying to get better at what he already did, he didn’t pay attention to what others were doing, like I did. And the result, in short, was a steady progression up the professional ranks to the PGA Tour.
The golf swing I saw that day I played with Adam has improved steadily, when I played with him his backswing was average at best. Since then he has slowly tidied his backswing up, and it makes for a simple yet quietly brilliant transition into an impact one would expect to see on the PGA Tour.
The old backswing saw the hands run the club away on the inside, getting long, high and sometimes open at the top. Now, the club moves away much wider with the face staying square longer, this makes the backswing shorter and better suit his range of movement.
I could go on talking about what I like in Adam’s swing, there is lots of good stuff. But the main point I would like to make, is that Adam kept improving his technique slowly, bit by bit and all whilst playing a fairly full schedule. So with this in mind everything he does, he owns.
Remember this when you are working on your own game, don’t get sucked into the range, and keep on playing. You’re only improving your technique to lower your scores, sounds obvious but sometimes I think people forget this.