Keegan Bradley Pro Golfer, Swing Sequence (Video)
Keegan Bradley Pro Golfer, Swing Sequence (Video)

Have a look at Keegan Bradley as a golfer and as a swinger of the golf club. He has had a fantastic rise through the many tours, through the Nationwide Tour, on to the PGA Tour, now a Major Champion and also a Ryder Cup player. He has had a fantastic career so far, fairly an orthodox swinger of the golf club at times, and also some fairly an orthodox movements around the golf course with his routine, and also his long potter. But if we look specifically the moves he makes in his golf swing, why he makes those movements and what you can learn from them.

From a fairly traditional address position, Keegan has a good backswing movement. He turns the golf club nicely into the backswing. But he does have noticeably quite a large and lateral head movement, he turns his head quite a long way to the right hand side, maybe three or four inches of lateral head movements. Now for a lot of golfers when you talk about head movement, they think the head needs to stay perfectly still, most probably flawed advice. Actually allowing their head to move back, creates a bigger turn, creates more power particularly when you are using the longer golf clubs.

As long as that head, can then return back through the central area and does finish on the left side, we won’t encourage you to get back and stay back. The other thing that Keegan Bradley does very nicely, is he drives the downswing very well, so he uses his bottom half to drive in to the downswing really nicely. But actually he sets the downswing motion going, almost before he’s finished his backswing. And that can look a little bit quirky. If I show you this in slow motion, as the club’s still rising up towards the top of the backswing, as he gets to about shoulder height with his hands, the club keeps going, but his legs are already starting into the downswing.

Then the club lags and then it comes through fantastically fast and quite late, so his hips and legs already going to the left as he finishes the backswing, and turns through. Now that’s not necessary great advice for a lot of club and amateur golfers, would rather the swing felt like it was two definite parts of a backswing, and then a downswing. Yes the hips and legs should start the downswing, but it should really be finish the backswing first to make sure you are fully wound up and then release. Most club and armature golfers don’t have the correct level of flexibility, to actually start the hips before they finish the backswing.

Because they won’t finish the backswing. The shoulders will only half turn than they already started, it would feel quite rushed and quite snappy. So, difference to Keegan Bradley there. I would encourage you to finish your backswing first, then start down quickly with the legs from there, rather than starting down of the club is still finishing the backswing. It could look a little bit short. Also with the idea of the head movement that Bradley has, lateral movement back and through is fine, but just be conscious of the vertical movements, not too much up and down and head movements.

So lateral right to left is okay, not too much on the up and down motions. If you can learn from Keegan Bradley golf swing, I’m sure you will feel like you can play better golf.

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2013-07-02

Have a look at Keegan Bradley as a golfer and as a swinger of the golf club. He has had a fantastic rise through the many tours, through the Nationwide Tour, on to the PGA Tour, now a Major Champion and also a Ryder Cup player. He has had a fantastic career so far, fairly an orthodox swinger of the golf club at times, and also some fairly an orthodox movements around the golf course with his routine, and also his long potter. But if we look specifically the moves he makes in his golf swing, why he makes those movements and what you can learn from them.

From a fairly traditional address position, Keegan has a good backswing movement. He turns the golf club nicely into the backswing. But he does have noticeably quite a large and lateral head movement, he turns his head quite a long way to the right hand side, maybe three or four inches of lateral head movements. Now for a lot of golfers when you talk about head movement, they think the head needs to stay perfectly still, most probably flawed advice. Actually allowing their head to move back, creates a bigger turn, creates more power particularly when you are using the longer golf clubs.

As long as that head, can then return back through the central area and does finish on the left side, we won’t encourage you to get back and stay back. The other thing that Keegan Bradley does very nicely, is he drives the downswing very well, so he uses his bottom half to drive in to the downswing really nicely. But actually he sets the downswing motion going, almost before he’s finished his backswing. And that can look a little bit quirky. If I show you this in slow motion, as the club’s still rising up towards the top of the backswing, as he gets to about shoulder height with his hands, the club keeps going, but his legs are already starting into the downswing.

Then the club lags and then it comes through fantastically fast and quite late, so his hips and legs already going to the left as he finishes the backswing, and turns through. Now that’s not necessary great advice for a lot of club and amateur golfers, would rather the swing felt like it was two definite parts of a backswing, and then a downswing. Yes the hips and legs should start the downswing, but it should really be finish the backswing first to make sure you are fully wound up and then release. Most club and armature golfers don’t have the correct level of flexibility, to actually start the hips before they finish the backswing.

Because they won’t finish the backswing. The shoulders will only half turn than they already started, it would feel quite rushed and quite snappy. So, difference to Keegan Bradley there. I would encourage you to finish your backswing first, then start down quickly with the legs from there, rather than starting down of the club is still finishing the backswing. It could look a little bit short. Also with the idea of the head movement that Bradley has, lateral movement back and through is fine, but just be conscious of the vertical movements, not too much up and down and head movements.

So lateral right to left is okay, not too much on the up and down motions. If you can learn from Keegan Bradley golf swing, I’m sure you will feel like you can play better golf.