Gary Woodland's Swing Secrets
Gary Woodland's swing all comes down to getting a precise setup. Hank Haney shows us just how he does it.
Released on 11/23/2015
Gary Woodland is one of the
longest hitters on the PGA tour.
When you have the amount of speed that he has,
you have to be absolutely precise at address.
Any little difference in your grip and setup
will make a huge difference in where the golf ball goes.
Let's take a look at Gary's picture-perfect setup here.
The one thing that you really always
want to pay attention to is that your arms
and your shoulders are sitting right in front of your body.
So he's got this triangle just right where you'd want it.
The other thing to pay attention to is notice how
his right shoulder is just a little bit lower
than his left shoulder, but not too much.
The same amount that his right hand is lower
than his left hand on the grip,
that's how much lower the right shoulder should be.
Now, the other thing to look at,
look at where his hand position is.
They're a little bit back.
That's because with a driver,
the face of the club is in front of the club shaft
and that's the correct position there.
Now, it's not gonna be that position at impact
because at address, his weight is 50-50.
At impact, his weight is gonna be on his left side,
probably 90 percent on his left side,
and at that position, his hands are gonna move forward,
but at address, you're getting ready,
remember, to make a take away.
You're not getting ready to make impact,
so to make a take away, you want your hands
in this position here, where his hands are there,
and they're a little bit back of where the club head is.
This is a picture-perfect position,
where anybody, if they could setup in that position,
at least they give themselves a chance
to have a good golf swing from there.
If you've got that nice, balanced, neutral setup,
it gives you an opportunity, as you turn back,
to keep your arms in front of your body,
and get the proper extension back away from the golf ball.
Let's take a look as Gary moves back away from the ball.
His arms are staying out in front of his body,
and he's got good extension.
This is what they call width in the swing.
He's keeping his arms in front of his body,
and extending them back.
That gives you a bigger arc, and it keeps your body,
and hands, and arms in sequence with one another.
He's turned his shoulders.
His arms are in front of his body.
As opposed to letting his arms
swing across his chest like this,
he's keeping his arms in that same position
he had at address, and that is a key position
for consistency and for power.