Rory McIlroy Pro Golfer, Swing Sequence (Video)
Rory McIlroy Pro Golfer, Swing Sequence (Video)

For most golfers Rory McIlroy won’t need much of an introduction. But for those that aren’t familiar with his achievements; he’s had 10 tournament victories, he’s had two major championship victories, former world number one un-witted cup player, all before he’s 25, this guy’s got some serious carrier ahead of him. If he stays injury free and he keeps swinging and trusting his golf club the way he has done in the early part of his carrier.

He has a tendency to fiddle a little bit too much change a few things and just as a I record this now in the summer of 2013, he’s starting to struggle with his form a little bit but every time he’s struggled with his form, he’s really bounced back very well. And his two major championship victories both came with 8 short margin of winning margin of winning victories. And the only other person that seems to be able to win like that is Tiger Woods, so he’s really in good company. And I think McIlroy is going to prove to be Tiger’s main challenger over the next five to ten years.

If we look at the way McIlroy swings the golf club, he’s only ever really ever had one coach; Michael Bannon from his Northern Ireland home roots. So he now meets up with Bannon over in the States occasionally during tournament weeks and looks at his golf swings and checks it out. One of the key things for them is really to work on the fundamentals; the grips, the stance, the posture, all of the basic stuff. McIlroy knows if he gets that right, and trusts his golf swing, he’s going to hit the ball well. He has a very athletic movement, it’ll be interesting to see over the course of his career as he gets a bit older, maybe picks a up a few niggles, a few knocks, a few injuries, whether his swing changes.

And if you want to copy McIlroy swing that would be okay but make sure you have the athleticism to do the movements that he has. He has a very wide stance to the golf ball, stands at really tall to the ball in address position, very high left shoulder; fantastically wide and high take-away in the back swing as well. Then he really starts to get very busy in the down swing, probably one of the fastest rotating hip action and leg actions that you’ll see in the modern game, it’s a very high and wide open to the top and then really throws himself into it. Watching from down the line, you start to see the right heel lifting almost before the golf club has started coming down. The hips and the legs are driving vey quickly, the right foot so much on his tiptoes he comes into impact. The left leg snaps back and the right knee kicks in.

And that’s really why McIlroy is one of the longest players on tour without actually being the tallest frames or one of the biggest guys. He has a very efficient use of his lower body and like I said, it’ll be interesting to see whether he looses distance as his lower body becomes less athletic as he gets a little bit older. But hopefully he’s got 10 years of playing some fantastic golf between now and then. So if you want to drive the ball long like McIlroy, start promoting a lot of power from driving your hips and your right foot forward through the impact phase. But make sure you’ve got the physical stability to do that, if you struggle with flexibility, you struggle with a bad back or poor left knee positions or and things like that, copying McIlroy’s golf swing is not something I would encourage, but in good physical shape, its one of the best golf swings to watch.

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2013-07-08

For most golfers Rory McIlroy won’t need much of an introduction. But for those that aren’t familiar with his achievements; he’s had 10 tournament victories, he’s had two major championship victories, former world number one un-witted cup player, all before he’s 25, this guy’s got some serious carrier ahead of him. If he stays injury free and he keeps swinging and trusting his golf club the way he has done in the early part of his carrier.

He has a tendency to fiddle a little bit too much change a few things and just as a I record this now in the summer of 2013, he’s starting to struggle with his form a little bit but every time he’s struggled with his form, he’s really bounced back very well. And his two major championship victories both came with 8 short margin of winning margin of winning victories. And the only other person that seems to be able to win like that is Tiger Woods, so he’s really in good company. And I think McIlroy is going to prove to be Tiger’s main challenger over the next five to ten years.

If we look at the way McIlroy swings the golf club, he’s only ever really ever had one coach; Michael Bannon from his Northern Ireland home roots. So he now meets up with Bannon over in the States occasionally during tournament weeks and looks at his golf swings and checks it out. One of the key things for them is really to work on the fundamentals; the grips, the stance, the posture, all of the basic stuff. McIlroy knows if he gets that right, and trusts his golf swing, he’s going to hit the ball well. He has a very athletic movement, it’ll be interesting to see over the course of his career as he gets a bit older, maybe picks a up a few niggles, a few knocks, a few injuries, whether his swing changes.

And if you want to copy McIlroy swing that would be okay but make sure you have the athleticism to do the movements that he has. He has a very wide stance to the golf ball, stands at really tall to the ball in address position, very high left shoulder; fantastically wide and high take-away in the back swing as well. Then he really starts to get very busy in the down swing, probably one of the fastest rotating hip action and leg actions that you’ll see in the modern game, it’s a very high and wide open to the top and then really throws himself into it. Watching from down the line, you start to see the right heel lifting almost before the golf club has started coming down. The hips and the legs are driving vey quickly, the right foot so much on his tiptoes he comes into impact. The left leg snaps back and the right knee kicks in.

And that’s really why McIlroy is one of the longest players on tour without actually being the tallest frames or one of the biggest guys. He has a very efficient use of his lower body and like I said, it’ll be interesting to see whether he looses distance as his lower body becomes less athletic as he gets a little bit older. But hopefully he’s got 10 years of playing some fantastic golf between now and then. So if you want to drive the ball long like McIlroy, start promoting a lot of power from driving your hips and your right foot forward through the impact phase. But make sure you’ve got the physical stability to do that, if you struggle with flexibility, you struggle with a bad back or poor left knee positions or and things like that, copying McIlroy’s golf swing is not something I would encourage, but in good physical shape, its one of the best golf swings to watch.