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Rickie Fowler's Swing Secrets

The strength of your swing can come down to the strength of your arc. Hank Haney shows us how Rickie Fowler has mastered that simple, classic move.

Released on 10/5/2015

Credits

Starring: Hank Haney

Transcript

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[Hank] Ricky Fowler has one of the most improved golf
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swings on the PGA Tour and he's the perfect example of
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swinging the golf club on an arc, around his body,
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keeping the club face square to that arc.
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(upbeat music)
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When he sets up to the ball, you can see he's to the side
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of the golf ball.
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So, when you swing the golf club, the gold club swings
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on an arc that goes around to the inside to
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the back swing, back to straight when you get to the ball,
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and then round again in the through swing.
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It's important to keep the club face square to that arc,
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as you swing.
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Let me use Ricky as an example here,
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the golf club, as it goes back, is swinging around
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on this arc here,
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and the club face is square to the arc,
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it's not square to target line, it's square to the arc.
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The club face is open relatively to the target line,
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and it's doing that because his arms are rotating
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as he goes back.
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There's some forearm rotation as he's going back.
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As he continues to go back, you see the club face rotating
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open, and the left arm is rotated all the way to the top.
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There, the club face is in a square position, at that point.
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As he comes down, you see the club face rotating again
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back and through and he'll continue that arc all the
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way through that golf ball.
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The golf swing, swings at on arc, from inside,
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to straight, and back to the inside,
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and the club face stay square to that arc as
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you go back and through.
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There's no manipulation, opening the club too much,
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or closing the club too much. You just let it gradually
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open and close, it's like a door that opens as
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you go back, and closes as you come through.
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Watch this as he swings through the golf ball.
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There, he's closing that door as he goes through.
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Remember, you're trying to swing the golf club on an arc,
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not a straight line.
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(playful jazz music)
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