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Ryo Ishikawa's Swing Secrets

Hank Haney demonstrates how, for Ryo Ishikawa, posture is the key to getting a good swing.

Released on 12/21/2015

Credits

Starring: Hank Haney

Transcript

00:00
[Hank Haney] Here's Rowe Sakawa's swing.
00:02
He's a player who's really improved his fundamentals
00:04
over the years and it shows with his address position
00:08
first and foremost.
00:09
If you're going to make a better golf swing,
00:11
you have to give yourself an opportunity,
00:13
and he does that at address.
00:15
(upbeat music)
00:19
The first thing to look at is his alignment.
00:21
And when I look at his alignment, look at his feet,
00:23
his knees, his hips, his shoulders, his eyes, and his arms.
00:29
They're all parallel left of his target.
00:32
This is a great address position.
00:34
You can't see any of his left hip.
00:36
You can't see any of his left shoulder.
00:38
You can't see any of his left arm.
00:40
That is what you want when you're setting up
00:42
to the golf ball and you're looking
00:43
from a view down the line like this.
00:46
This is a textbook alignment position.
00:48
Let's also take a look at his posture.
00:50
He's got a nice bend forward from his hips, not too much,
00:53
back's relatively straight there.
00:55
He's in a beautiful posture, his arms are hanging down
00:57
underneath his shoulders, not too much knee bend.
01:00
A lot of amateur golfers bend their knees way too much.
01:03
He also has the weight toward the balls of his feet.
01:10
Watch as he swings the golf club back.
01:12
He maintains his posture, meaning that the angles
01:15
are all staying the same, back and through.
01:19
That's a key component of a great golf swing.
01:21
Maintaining your posture throughout the swing,
01:23
that's how you do it.
01:25
But it starts with having good fundamentals
01:26
at the address position.
01:27
(upbeat music)
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