I’m not a big fan of copying someone else’s golf swing. I don’t think it’s a good idea, unless you’re going to copy every single facet of whoever’s swing, from the grip to the footwork and so on. Having the same body type helps. Really, is there a golf swing everyone can copy?
Please understand this, Dear Reader: I pride myself on how practical I (believe I) am. That means, if you want to copy Payne Stewart’s swing, or the swings of Freddie Couples, Tiger Woods, or whoever- and you’re willing to work on all the facets of the swing- knock yourself out. Golf is supposed to be fun, enjoyable even, and if that makes it fun for you I’m all about it.
In fact, here is a golf swing I think everyone can copy, or at the very least, find something to incorporate into their own swing:
This is Rocco Mediate, the guy who famously took second place at the ’08 US Open. There are things that get labeled “wrong” by the ‘experts’ with his swing. Let’s focus on three of them:
1. A very bent target-side arm.
The “experts” say it should be straight, but for many, that can lead to being too stiff. Tension kills good swings. Check this out:
I’m wearing a brace on my lead arm. While it’s “ideal” to keep it straight, it’s not a necessity. But if you want to try to remedy it, make it straighter, just throw on a brace. You won’t be completely straight, but you don’t have to be.
2. His weight shifts to the balls of his backside foot, not the heel.
Think about it, though: in what other sport where you have to transfer your weight would you do it by starting on the heel?
These words are paraphrased from his latest “Playing Lessons With The Pros” episode, and they make perfect sense (I highly recommend watching that episode!). From a personal perspective, when I try to transfer weight back onto the inside of my heel, my trail leg straightens and I lose that feeling of coiling like a spring. That’s not good if you’re trying to generate power.
If that’s you, think about locating your weight on the balls of your foot when you swing the club back.
3. He doesn’t have the “classic” 90* wrist cock.
“But, you need that in order to create lag, which leads to more power!!!” they say… Obviously, some do, but some don’t. I did mention Rocco can still put it out over 280 yards, didn’t I? No, I didn’t… but if you watch that PLWTP’s episode, both times they measured his drives, he put them over 280 total yards.
Pretty good for not having a “classic” swing, eh?
Even with what those experts consider flaws, it just works. The takeaway is this: there is no perfect swing; all that matters is results.
If you want to copy someone else’s golf swing, I’d recommend just take bits and pieces from multiple swings, or go at it with your own style. If you can get from Point A to Point B and have fun doing it, you’re on the right track.