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How He Hit That: Davis Love's ageless swing


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August 24, 2015

For three rounds, all anybody was talking about was one "old guy's" swing -- that of 39-year-old Tiger Woods.

But an even older guy, 51-year-old U.S. Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III, closed the deal, shooting a final-round 64 to become the third-oldest winner in PGA Tour history.

He did it with a swing that doesn't look much different than the one he used to win his first tournament, at Hilton Head in 1987.

"As Davis has gotten older, his swing has gotten just a little bit shorter and the handle doesn't get as high because he doesn't have quite as much flexibility," says top New York teacher Mike Jacobs, who is based at the X Golf School at Rock Hill Country Club in Manorville, N.Y. "But he still does the main things that have always made him one of the great pure drivers of the ball."

Love's transition from backswing to downswing is one piece that any player would do well to copy, says Jacobs. "Most amateur players get to the top and go hard toward the ball with their hands," says Jacobs. "Davis preserves the outward motion of his hands. From the top, he's actually forcing them out, away from the target."

To feel it, take an alignment stick or club shaft and hold it in your right hand. Go to the top of the backswing, and throw it along the target line, but in the opposite direction of the target, like you're tossing a small javelin. "That's the move that produces all kinds of clubhead speed, and accuracy too."