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During this swing analysis I’m going to be analyzing Bill Haas’s golf swing. When you look at a player like Bill Haas, he’s got great pedigree as his father is J. Haas. So when you’re watching your dad play golf your whole life, you’re, going to be a good golf swinger, aren’t you? J. Haas was a little bit of a grinder during his PGA tour career one win on the PGA tour but 16 wins on the champions tour, so clearly coming to form later in life. Bill Haas has been watching his father play his whole life. He has really picked up a good few key fundamentals from his swing. You might even argue that Bill Haas is actually the slightly more talented of the players, winning a few times already on the PGA Tour than his dad. But if we analyze the movements in his swing, he is a very, very good iron player ranking in the top 34 in Greens in regulation for the last five seasons. Now, if you do that, you’re going to win a few -- you’re going to win a few dollars, you’re going to win a few pounds on tour aren’t you? Now the way he swings the golf club, the most noticeable aspect of his swing is how stable he is with his hips. And that’s something that you could really learn from in your game as well, particularly if you get a bit swayey, and you get a bit leggy. So, if you’re setting up to the golf ball, I’m just going to use the tea peg here, we’re getting a nice addressed position, be quite wide in the legs to start with. If you’re too narrow as you rotate your upper body, the bottom half will get too involved, so quite wide and quite stable through the legs. Then as the upper body turns, we’re going to try and turn 90 degrees with the upper body and the chest and the shoulders, but ideally we don’t want the bottom half to get overly involved. If I do 90 degrees with my upper body, I’d like to see less than 45 degrees out of the hips, and that’s certainly something that Bill Haas does very nicely.

He’s turning his lower body around about 30 degrees, that creates quite a lot of tension and resistance in the back stream, which is good because that will create power and also stability for the down swing. If I was to turn my shoulders 90 degrees, but also let my hips go 90 degrees, I’ve lost a lot of power, I’ve also got no real sort of control of my down swing because my left leg has to find the floor again, my hips would have to turn too much, and it would look quite swayey. So to focus on Bill Hass’s hip action and to bring that into your game, upper body turns 90 degrees, lower body stays quite stable and then the lower body will unwind nice and quickly round the target really driving with the legs, pushing off the right side through a full finish. And this is where the hips, and the chest and the shoulders can match each other on all face right down the target line. So resist with the hips, go fast with the hips on the down swing; that’s a great key to better iron play, more consistency, and more Greens in regulation.