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Bernhard Langer's Swing Secrets

Forty-three years (and counting) of professional golf hasn't kept Bernhard Langer from delivering a serious swing. Hank Haney demonstrates what older players can learn from Bernhard.

Released on 12/7/2015

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Starring: Hank Haney

Transcript

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Bernhard Langer is one of the greatest champions
00:02
our sport has ever seen.
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He's been competitive for over 30 years.
00:05
And at 57 years old, he's still obviously incredibly fit.
00:09
But there's some good things in his golf swing
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that I think you can learn for someone
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who doesn't maybe turn as well as they'd like to.
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(energetic music)
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First off, when he sets up to the golf ball,
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his address position is great.
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His hands and arms are right in front of his body.
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That triangle is exactly where you'd like it.
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If you look at the line that goes down through his left eye
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down through the center of his body,
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that's where you want your head position.
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So the line going right up through the center of your body,
00:39
right through your left eye.
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That's when you'll know your head is in the right position.
00:44
Watch as he turns back.
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When he turns back, a couple things to notice.
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One, look at his left knee.
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His left knee is gonna move back inside the golf ball.
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He lets that move.
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But the next thing I want you to look at
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is look at where his eyes are pointed.
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His eyes are pointed way behind the golf ball.
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He has let his head move and rotate back.
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So now he's looking way back behind the golf ball.
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This makes it a lot easier for you to turn.
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So if you're restricted in your turn
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and you feel like you could use more shoulder turn,
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one, let your hips go, let your left knee go,
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and don't be afraid to let your head rotate.
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He hasn't moved off the ball,
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but he's rotated his head as he's gone back,
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and that's made it easier for him to get a full pivot
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with his shoulders in the backswing.
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Now, watch as he comes through all the way through,
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and all the way up on his back foot.
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When you finish through, all the way up on your toe.
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Full turn back, full turn through,
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allowing his head to rotate a little bit
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makes it easier for him to turn,
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and that's something that could help a lot of golfers.
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(energetic music)
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