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Swing Sequence: Russell Henley

Finding more fairways with a simpler swing

May 2014
Swing Sequence: Russell Henley

AGE: 25 | 6-FOOT | 180 POUNDS | CHARLESTON, S.C.
DRIVER: NIKE STR8-FIT (9.5 DEGREES)| BALL: NIKE RZN BLACK

Golf instructors hate wasted motion. They don't want to see overly active legs or too much hand or wrist action. The simpler and more efficient the golf swing is, the better the chances it will produce consistency. That's why swing coach Bobby Hix loves these photographs of his student Russell Henley, who won the Honda Classic in March in a four-man playoff that included Rory McIlroy. Henley and Hix have been working together since Henley was 12.

Hix says the improvements they've made recently are noticeable and that Henley's swing is now more streamlined. "You can save shots mid-swing if you're athletic," Hix says, "but you can also harness that athleticism to improve your technique. That's what Russell's doing."

By relying on a fade, Henley has become one of the better drivers on the PGA Tour, ranking 22nd in total driving, a measure of distance and accuracy.

"It's more of a body swing," Henley says. "I feel like I'm turning through with my body, and my hands aren't rolling over when I hit the ball. I have a much better chance of keeping my driver in play this way." —Ron Kaspriske

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