Sergio Garcia Pro Golfer, Swing Sequence (Video)
Sergio Garcia Pro Golfer, Swing Sequence (Video)

As a junior golfer growing up, I heard a story from one of my clubmates who went to the -- went to the British Boys Amateur Championship. That this Spanish wonderkid had turned upon the scene, and this Spanish wonderkid name was Sergio Garcia was going to take the world by storm. And in that event which he actually went on and won, he managed to get through all the 4 or 5 qualifying stages, without playing -- this was match play without playing any of the last 5 holes. Every single player he took on, he beat 6 in 5 or better.

Now that just shows you the quality and that was good players he was playing against scratch golfers weren’t handicappers, but this wonder kid 14-15 years old, playing off a handicapper plus 5, came over from Spain, won the tournament by a mile. And really that was Garcia’s beginning of his career. He was always the young gun on Tour, he was always going to be Tiger’s next rival, and really he hasn’t stepped up to that play yet, he hasn’t stepped to that mantle yet, particularly in the major championships, he’s sometimes fallen a bit short, and in recent years he’s actually suggested himself that he doesn’t have the mental capacity to really compete under pressure in the big tournaments.

And when we look at his golf swing we can maybe see some little quirks in his swing, that could come on stock when he really is under pressure. Now from a very good and neutral set-up position, Garcia has a decent backswing where he’s not too much in a unorthodox position, he’s pretty neutral coming back up to the top, maybe gets a little bit flat in this position. And then things start to look a bit different. He has one the flattest and biggest down-cocking dropping in actions here. So he takes the club a little flat and then flattens it way more.

And when I say down-cocking let me explain that a little bit more, he cocks the golf club to a decent position here, and then most golfers would keep that cocked and pull it down in the same amount, and then release it back to a straight line. But Garcia when he’s got the club at the top here cocked he’s not finished with, it he’s actually going to add some more cock during the downswing phase, so he gets incredibly narrow very tight, very, very trapped almost, that the clubs sits way in here, right behind his right shoulder, and from down the line we really see that club dropping low.

He then drops it down so his hands are right by his right leg, with the shaft very, very tilted back. It takes incredible hand speed and release to bring that club into a good position, and particularly to bring it into a square position, through the impact face so late on. And it’s probably down to the fact that he’s been playing great golf from the fact when he was – you know played a plus 5 handicap when he was 15 years old, that he has the ability to square that club up so well through the impact phase.

So, if you want to draw the golf ball dropping the club down on the inside position here is important, releasing the club pad nice and square is very important and releasing it through to a nice big follow through is good. If you strip away square with in club phase up and you often leave the blade, open curving the ball to the right hand side that big down cocking dropping that Garcia has ,is probably not the thing for you. It takes incredible club head control to be able to play like Garcia

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2013-07-08

As a junior golfer growing up, I heard a story from one of my clubmates who went to the — went to the British Boys Amateur Championship. That this Spanish wonderkid had turned upon the scene, and this Spanish wonderkid name was Sergio Garcia was going to take the world by storm. And in that event which he actually went on and won, he managed to get through all the 4 or 5 qualifying stages, without playing — this was match play without playing any of the last 5 holes. Every single player he took on, he beat 6 in 5 or better.

Now that just shows you the quality and that was good players he was playing against scratch golfers weren’t handicappers, but this wonder kid 14-15 years old, playing off a handicapper plus 5, came over from Spain, won the tournament by a mile. And really that was Garcia’s beginning of his career. He was always the young gun on Tour, he was always going to be Tiger’s next rival, and really he hasn’t stepped up to that play yet, he hasn’t stepped to that mantle yet, particularly in the major championships, he’s sometimes fallen a bit short, and in recent years he’s actually suggested himself that he doesn’t have the mental capacity to really compete under pressure in the big tournaments.

And when we look at his golf swing we can maybe see some little quirks in his swing, that could come on stock when he really is under pressure. Now from a very good and neutral set-up position, Garcia has a decent backswing where he’s not too much in a unorthodox position, he’s pretty neutral coming back up to the top, maybe gets a little bit flat in this position. And then things start to look a bit different. He has one the flattest and biggest down-cocking dropping in actions here. So he takes the club a little flat and then flattens it way more.

And when I say down-cocking let me explain that a little bit more, he cocks the golf club to a decent position here, and then most golfers would keep that cocked and pull it down in the same amount, and then release it back to a straight line. But Garcia when he’s got the club at the top here cocked he’s not finished with, it he’s actually going to add some more cock during the downswing phase, so he gets incredibly narrow very tight, very, very trapped almost, that the clubs sits way in here, right behind his right shoulder, and from down the line we really see that club dropping low.

He then drops it down so his hands are right by his right leg, with the shaft very, very tilted back. It takes incredible hand speed and release to bring that club into a good position, and particularly to bring it into a square position, through the impact face so late on. And it’s probably down to the fact that he’s been playing great golf from the fact when he was – you know played a plus 5 handicap when he was 15 years old, that he has the ability to square that club up so well through the impact phase.

So, if you want to draw the golf ball dropping the club down on the inside position here is important, releasing the club pad nice and square is very important and releasing it through to a nice big follow through is good. If you strip away square with in club phase up and you often leave the blade, open curving the ball to the right hand side that big down cocking dropping that Garcia has ,is probably not the thing for you. It takes incredible club head control to be able to play like Garcia