There is some pretty impressive youth on the PGA Tour right now. Or should I say these days, as this is not just a phase this youth, but what I think will become the norm. Particularly young guys winning as well.
The young guys I want to talk about here can really hit it to, some would call them explosive and maybe even unorthodox, regardless they have all won on tour doing what they do.
The group I am talking about include – Spieth, Jon Rahm, DJ, Koepka and Daniel Berger.
I could go on, there are more that would fit in this group. The group I am referring to are young players who have a flat or bowed lead (left for right hander) wrist. And if often leads to what looks like a shut club face at the top of their backswing. (As all of the above mentioned players are right handers I’ll refer to wrists in left and right)
You probably see the flat left wrist, but I see a firmly set right wrist. The reason I say this is because I don’t see these players letting their right arms get behind them in their backswing. As setting the right wrist firmly, and early, makes it much easier to keep the right arm from running away behind your back, it doesn’t guarantee it, but it helps. (Just make sure you have some width going back and that right arm should be fine)
One of the great things about this move is that it keeps the player within the realms of their physical ranges. As I see so many amateurs’ arms keep on moving back after their body has stopped turning. By either bending their lead arm, having a high elbow in their trailing arm or just a more general over swing. My point is often the amateurs’ backswings are not a good reflection of the amount of body turn they have, and this makes things hard.
The best example of this is between Dustin Johnson and Jon Rahm. Their golf swings are polar opposites as far as length of back swing goes, but still work within very similar parameters. They both set up their backswings with incredible wrist angles and width, leading to a shut looking club face. And from their it leaves them only one option to hit good shots, and that is to make an aggressive turn through the ball, open up their bodies at impact and load the club onto a pretty shallow plane coming down.
Unlike your Adam Scott’s and Rory Mcilroy’s swings, I think these sorts of golf swings can help the average golfer more. They have the potential to teach the average golfer a more rounded motion in less time, and with good understanding of what they are doing the amateur could simplify their own swing in a way most would never have thought possible.