4 celeb swing breakdowns from Capital One’s The Match
The latest iteration of Capital One's The Match is in the books, with the Kansas City Chiefs duo of Patrick Mahomes and Travis Kelce eeking out a victory over Golden State's Steph Curry and Klay Thompson.
Being a golf nerd-loving who spent most of my formative years in England, I admittedly don't know much about each of these professional athletes' conquests in other sports. I'm just here for the golf swing. It's always fun to see how elite athletes in other sports put a move on the golf ball. Sometimes, the rest of us can even learn a thing or two.
Here's one quick think I noticed from each of their golf swings.
Let's start with Steph, the best golfer of the group. It's no coincidence that the lowest handicap has the best setup position. Textbook stuff, his posture in particular. It sets him up for a good turn back and through.
Most amateur golfers spend their weeks sitting at a desk, which tightens their hip flexors and prevents them from rotating through the ball freely. Klay obviously doesn't have the sitting-too-much-at-a-desk problem, and you can tell in his golf swing. He rotates his body deep into his left hip on the downswing.
One thing you'll often see in baseball players or, in this case, football players, is that their strong and bulky upper body tightens their golf swing. They can't move as freely, and often their swings will get too upper body centric, which sends the over the top (we'll get to that in a moment). One thing Kelce does to counteract this is to lift his lead heel, which gives him a little more hip turn on the backswing.
Patrick Mahomes has a similar issue. He launches his upper body at the ball, which sends his club over the top. He knows this, too, and he's talked about it in the past. Mahomes said it was something he thought about trying to change, but instead learned to live with it. He plays a left-to-right fade, who focuses on timing with his hands to prevent that fade from getting too slicey. He's become a good player doing it, and it's a lesson we can learn a lot from: If you don't have the time to desire to overhaul your swing, there are worse options than learning to play what you have. As Mahomes proves.