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Pádraig Harrington's Swing Secrets

Despite all the time Pádraig Harrington spends tweaking and perfecting his swing, there's still a consistent pattern he employs that a lot of amateurs can learn from. Hank Haney explains.

Released on 11/30/2015

Credits

Starring: Hank Haney

Transcript

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Padraig Harrington is a three-time
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major championship winner, and nobody spends more time
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on the practice tee working on his swing than he does.
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(piano music)
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But one thing's remained consistent over all of his
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little swing tinkerings.
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He has the same pattern to his swing.
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He swings the golf club back, keeping the club
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in front of him, it gets a little steep in the backswing
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and then it flattens out to the plane in the downswing.
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Most amateur golfers do it just the opposite.
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The go back too flat,
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and then they come down too steep.
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Let me show you what I mean here.
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The address position that Padraig has dictates
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the plane of his swing as he takes the club back.
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So he swings back pretty much right along that line.
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That club is right on plane.
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Technically, this club is a little bit upright
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at this point right here.
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Not bad, but a little bit upright.
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What's gonna happen, as he starts to swing down,
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the club is gonna flatten out,
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and if you look at this position right here,
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obviously the club is flatter than it was
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when he went back.
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In that position, he's got the golf club right
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on the plane that you want it on.
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It's above but parallel to the original plane
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of the swing.
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Most amateur golfers do just the opposite.
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They go back too flat, they come down too steep.
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This is a great swing to emulate,
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especially if you have a tendency to have that
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over the top move that most golfers fight.
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Take the golf club back a little more upright,
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and feel like you flatten it coming down
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just like Padraig Harrington does,
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and you'll get the golf club
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coming down on the correct plane.
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(piano music)
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