Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Good swing to study - Alvaro Quiros

The stories about Alvaro Quiros are legendary, and although the young Spaniard has already captured three tournaments it's all about how far he hits the golf ball. He was the longest driver on the European Tour in 2006, 2007, and 2008, and he's on track to do it again this year with a titanic 315 yard average.
But if you think his swing is some freakish concoction of power moves designed purely for distance you couldn't be more wrong. He's tall (6'3") and athletic, and he gains his power from a very fundamentally correct golf swing, the kind of swing we all could benefit from studying. Golf.com has put together a swing sequence on their website, and here are a few of the highlights:
  • His setup looks a lot like Jack, with a straight back and lots of room for his arms.
  • Full shoulder turn but very little hip turn.
  • Beautiful lines where the club is an extension of his arms (shot 5 of 10 and 7 of 10).
  • Smooth hip release.
  • Belt buckle leading the swing (are you watching, Faldo?)
Note to self: Gimmicks don't generate power. A proper swing and consistent contact generates power.

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