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So, what is the more important scoring club . . . the driver or the putter? An argument can be made for each. Fortunately for Webb, they are both an asset. Last week we discussed Keegan Bradley's break-through win at the PGA Championship, becoming the first player to win a major anchoring a long putter into his body. This week we'll discuss Webb's driver swing (see his swing here, filmed at the U.S. Open). Webb has all of the components of a powerful driver swing.
Here are his keys from address to finish. To help maximize your personal power potential, evaluate your swing in these key areas:
Webb's setup allows him to create an "ascending" angle of attack through impact . . . a wide stance, the ball positioned closer to his left foot, and his spine tilted away from the target (right shoulder lower than left). To hit the ball your farthest, you must swing up through impact. He also has a strongish left-hand grip, which typically leads to distance.
Webb has a wide takeaway, keeping his left arm fully extended to the top of his swing. His left arm looks similar to Ernie Els'. He has made a huge upper-body coil over a braced lower body. He also allows his head to move a few inches to the right. I haven't done the study, but in my observations, players that drive the ball farthest seem to move their heads the most off the ball. Restricting head movement in an iron swing can be a good thing, but it typically limits speed with a driver.
This is a huge key to Webb's speed. As he begins his downswing, Webb increases the "lag" in his swing. Some teachers refer to this as "down cocking." Lag is the angle between your left arm and the shaft. At some point in your swing, the two will make a straight line. To produce
Here, Webb's head is well behind (to his right of) the ball, ensuring the club is ascending through impact. I often tell my students they should never have to clean their driver, i.e, it should never hit the ground . . . no divots with the driver! Post impact, Webb has beautiful extension of his arms, another great thing for the average player to copy
Webb gets to a beautifully balanced finish. His lower body is facing the target, and his shoulders have fully rotated past his hips. If all you did was try to copy this finish, you'd likely hit the ball quite well!