Zach Johnson's Body Rotation Makes A Strong Golf Grip Work For Him (Video)
Zach Johnson's Body Rotation Makes A Strong Golf Grip Work For Him (Video)

I think when we see a lot of club golfers, they presume that the PGA Tour players all have these sort of identical golf swings, are all molded by golf coaches like myself and are told, “You must do it like this. You must do it like this,” and they produce this end model that looks about identical. And for some people that is the case. Now, a lot of the best players, they have similar traits in their golf swings but there are some golfers that effectively sort of slip through the net with the natural talents or their innate ability, whatever you might call it. And they have swings that don’t necessarily follow the models or the features that you might see in the golf magazines or the golf books, the instruction manuals. And one of those key players is somebody like Zack Johnson, a bit of a quirky player, a bit of a quirky character, 2007 Masters Champion. So clearly a very, very good player is a major winner. But he has quite a quirky set up and particularly his grip, his left hand gets quite strong and his right hand follows.

And in that strong grip position, you would expect to see some fairly awkward looking and difficult looking golf shots from time to time. You’d [indiscernible] [0:01:11] to see the ball drawing quite a lot, turning from right to left in flight, maybe not going as high as you might want. But Zack Johnson kind of counteracts that strong grip position with a very active lower body. He really drives his legs and his body into ball so he might have a strong grip here. And if he was quite passive with his legs, we’d probably see the club face closing through impact very early and see an awkward duck hooks that’s certainly what a lot of club golfers would see with that strong grip. But for Zack Johnson, he really works hard on driving his bottom half into the golf ball and extending through the golf ball quite nicely where it has to work his lower half very, very quick to keep the club face square as he can through impact. Although Zack Johnson isn’t one of the longest hitters on tour, you know. He’s not Rory McllRoy or Dustin Johnson territory driving the ball well over 300 yards. He hit it 288 yards last year on tours in average of the 2015 Season, which is by no means a mean feet. You know, it’s a pretty good distance particularly for a guy that’s not big in stature. So the grip position that he has working well with the lower body action that he has can combine to mean that he can hit the ball a decent distance to keep the ball in play quite regularly. And actually, I like I say, he’s a Masters Champion so it clearly works well for him.
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I think when we see a lot of club golfers, they presume that the PGA Tour players all have these sort of identical golf swings, are all molded by golf coaches like myself and are told, “You must do it like this. You must do it like this,” and they produce this end model that looks about identical. And for some people that is the case. Now, a lot of the best players, they have similar traits in their golf swings but there are some golfers that effectively sort of slip through the net with the natural talents or their innate ability, whatever you might call it. And they have swings that don’t necessarily follow the models or the features that you might see in the golf magazines or the golf books, the instruction manuals. And one of those key players is somebody like Zack Johnson, a bit of a quirky player, a bit of a quirky character, 2007 Masters Champion. So clearly a very, very good player is a major winner. But he has quite a quirky set up and particularly his grip, his left hand gets quite strong and his right hand follows.

And in that strong grip position, you would expect to see some fairly awkward looking and difficult looking golf shots from time to time. You’d [indiscernible] [0:01:11] to see the ball drawing quite a lot, turning from right to left in flight, maybe not going as high as you might want. But Zack Johnson kind of counteracts that strong grip position with a very active lower body. He really drives his legs and his body into ball so he might have a strong grip here. And if he was quite passive with his legs, we’d probably see the club face closing through impact very early and see an awkward duck hooks that’s certainly what a lot of club golfers would see with that strong grip. But for Zack Johnson, he really works hard on driving his bottom half into the golf ball and extending through the golf ball quite nicely where it has to work his lower half very, very quick to keep the club face square as he can through impact. Although Zack Johnson isn’t one of the longest hitters on tour, you know. He’s not Rory McllRoy or Dustin Johnson territory driving the ball well over 300 yards. He hit it 288 yards last year on tours in average of the 2015 Season, which is by no means a mean feet. You know, it’s a pretty good distance particularly for a guy that’s not big in stature. So the grip position that he has working well with the lower body action that he has can combine to mean that he can hit the ball a decent distance to keep the ball in play quite regularly. And actually, I like I say, he’s a Masters Champion so it clearly works well for him.