Swing Analysis: Charles Howell III
Charles Howell III's swing, analyzed by David Leadbetter.
Released on 5/29/2015
[Narrator] Charles Howell III, probably pound-for-pound
the longest hitter on the PGA Tour.
Works it away in a nice one piece motion.
Hands, arm, shoulders, all moving away.
If we stop him at the top of his backswing,
look at this upper body rotation.
Well past the 100-degree mark
with a lot of resistance with the lower body
so creates tremendous torque.
As he starts down, look at the lag.
This is one of the things that Charles has always had it.
In fact in my opinion, he's had too much lag.
With a driver, it can hurt you.
If you look at the angle coming down,
as he gets to the top, as he changes direction,
very quiet with his upper body we can see,
but watch the angle retention
between the shaft and his forearm.
Look how close the shaft is to his right shoulder, too,
as he changes direction.
Switching views, looking down the line.
Little bit of knee flex.
Great bend from the hips.
Very simple movement away.
We can see at the top of the backswing,
left wrist a little bit bowed,
club face a little bit closed,
and we can see how high the left shoulder is.
I think that's one of the problems
that I've always seen in Charles' swing,
how his shoulder plain tends to flatten out
on the backswing.
As he starts down, we can see,
we'll notice how angled he is coming into the ball.
Look at that angle on the back of his left hand.
Tremendous retention of his wrist cock.
Comes into the ball.
You can see, look at the extension
through the shoulder that he has.
And to me, Charles' issues just really are based around
in my opinion, having so much lag
that he just can't get that whip back.
Tremendous striker of the ball.
Great iron player.
That action is certainly more suited, I would say,
to an iron than the driver,
but hey, Charles is doing okay with it.