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Louis Oosthuizen Swing Sequence

By Jonathan Yarwood

The 2010 Open Champion Louis Oosthuizen is, to my mind, a serious contender for the award ‘The Greatest Swing in World Golf’, and it is the ability that he has to flight and control his iron shots that makes him such a competitor around a links course. What’s more, as this sequence reveals, there is much you can learn from the efficiency of his arm and body action.

Of course, the major problem when you are looking at a swing in static pictures is that you fail to appreciate the swing element – the flow, tempo and the dynamic you really only appreciate when you are standing next to the player as he strikes the ball. The rhythm is what glues a swing together; it provides the motion, the vital energy and the synchronisation needed to propel the ball on the desired trajectory.

Louis has a beautiful golf swing and he repeats it with a free-flowing rhythm that disguises the speed he generates.

In that respect he’s a bit like his countryman, Ernie Els – the term ‘effortless power’ could not be more apt. To the naked eye, it looks so simple; a neatly packaged, no-frills golf swing.

But if I could dare highlight one or two areas in which I believe Louis might get better still, I’d point to the fact that his arms get a little ‘deep’ on the way back (i.e. they tend to get a little too far behind him, looking down the line), his right side gets a touch overturned at the top, and, as a result, he gets a fraction ahead of the ball and ‘stuck’ on approach. This produces the look you see in this sequence through impact – his spine angle alters a fraction and the club and arms exit on a slightly steeper plane than they enjoyed on the backswing. But hey, I’m splitting hairs; the rhythm and dynamics of this wonderful motion glue the whole swing together and to witness Louis in full flow really is something.

Sit back and enjoy it.


Reproduced with kind permission of Golf International Magazine

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