Swing Analysis: Charles Howell III

Charles Howell III's swing, analyzed by David Leadbetter.

Released on 5/29/2015

Transcript

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[Narrator] Charles Howell III, probably pound-for-pound
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the longest hitter on the PGA Tour.
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Works it away in a nice one piece motion.
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Hands, arm, shoulders, all moving away.
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Huge wind-up.
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If we stop him at the top of his backswing,
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look at this upper body rotation.
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Well past the 100-degree mark
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with a lot of resistance with the lower body
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so creates tremendous torque.
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As he starts down, look at the lag.
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This is one of the things that Charles has always had it.
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In fact in my opinion, he's had too much lag.
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With a driver, it can hurt you.
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If you look at the angle coming down,
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as he gets to the top, as he changes direction,
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very quiet with his upper body we can see,
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but watch the angle retention
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between the shaft and his forearm.
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Look how close the shaft is to his right shoulder, too,
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as he changes direction.
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Switching views, looking down the line.
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Excellent setup.
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Little bit of knee flex.
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Great bend from the hips.
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Very simple movement away.
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We can see at the top of the backswing,
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left wrist a little bit bowed,
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club face a little bit closed,
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and we can see how high the left shoulder is.
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I think that's one of the problems
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that I've always seen in Charles' swing,
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how his shoulder plain tends to flatten out
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on the backswing.
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As he starts down, we can see,
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we'll notice how angled he is coming into the ball.
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Look at that angle on the back of his left hand.
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Tremendous retention of his wrist cock.
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Comes into the ball.
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You can see, look at the extension
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through the shoulder that he has.
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And to me, Charles' issues just really are based around
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in my opinion, having so much lag
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that he just can't get that whip back.
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Tremendous striker of the ball.
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Great iron player.
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That action is certainly more suited, I would say,
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to an iron than the driver,
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but hey, Charles is doing okay with it.
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