Swing Sequence: Shane Lowry
A classic swing that produces modern distance: Shane Lowry's swing is fluid and relaxed, but he has a competitive fire bred into him by his father and uncles, who competed on the Offaly Gaelic football team. Study his swing frame-by-frame.
AGE: 29 / 6-1 / 225 pounds / Clara, Ireland
2-IRON: Srixon ZU 45 18 degrees
BALL: Srixon Z-Star XV
When you're hitting a long iron, even from a tee box, ball position is very important to hit it solid, says Shane Lowry's coach, Neil Manchip. "Shane plays it just left of center in his stance, where the club bottoms out," he says. "I like his neutral grip, relaxed arms and overall body balance."
Starting back, Lowry is relaxed, letting himself turn with the clubhead. "There's nothing rigid, which is like Sam Snead's swing," Manchip says. Halfway back, his right arm is slightly higher than his left, and he cocks his wrists early. "His arms and body are relaxed.They're responding to the clubhead's weight."
At the top, the club is set nearly perfect, Manchip says. The face is slightly open, which is reminiscent of how he swings his wedges around the greens. "And what a fantastic, big shoulder turn," Manchip adds. "His back is facing the target." Lowry says his swing thought is to pause at this moment.
That slight pause allows him to start down with with the lower body first, which keeps everything in sync, Manchip says. Also note Lowry's head and right arm. "His eyes are looking well behind the ball, and his right elbow is below his left, showing he's swinging from the inside with tremendous lag," Manchip says.
Lowry's impact position resembles a great player from the past—Jack Nicklaus, Manchip says. His head has not drifted or rotated toward the target. The left arm is straight, and the right wrist is bent. "It's like he's punching somebody," Manchip says. "The shaft angle shows how he is putting pressure on the ball."
"Past impact, the weight of the club is moving the arms," Manchip says. "Now his left arm is bent and his right arm is straight, showing a free release."