How She Hits That: Copy Choi's balance
*Editor's Note: Every Monday Kevin Hinton, Director of Instruction at Piping Rock Club in Locust Valley, N.Y. and one of Golf Digest's Best Young Teachers, tells you how a tour player hits a key shot. This week, Kevin analyzes the swing of Korea's Na Yeon Choi, who won the U.S. Women's Open at Blackwolf Run by four strokes over Amy Yang. Choi bounced back after a triple bogey with birdies on three of the next six holes, which might have more to do with her Vision54 approach than any specific shot. Her full swing, however, is picture perfect, as Kevin points out from the video below.
By Kevin Hinton
*1. Choi does a beautiful job of setting the club in her backswing. By the time her left arm is parallel to the ground, her wrists have fully hinged as the shaft points skyward. This angle creates the potential for power and puts the club into a very "light" position. The club will feel heavy in comparison if you don't have ample wrist hinge at this point. She also has a very quiet look to her body motion. Choi's backswing really couldn't be much simpler.