With golfers today, everything seems so mechanical. Although a certain amount of repetition is necessary for one to develop the correct fundamentals and be able to repeat them, the golf swing is like a fingerprint: everyone has one and they are all different.
I took a look at a ton of different swings for this week’s Trap Five and tried to find one’s that were not only fundamentally sound, but had an originality about them that can’t be replicated. Here are my picks.
Number Five: Dustin Johnson
At six feet, four inches he’s generally someone you would expect to find on a basketball court instead of swinging a golf club. But, with his height he is able to generate an enormous amount of clubhead speed, an extremely fluid swing, and excellent stability.
Number Four: Padraig Harrington
Padraig Harrington to Golf Digest on swing changes made with his coach Bob Torrance.
One of the best compliments I have ever been paid came from my fellow Irishman and Ryder Cup teammate, Paul McGinley. He said I must be the first person since Nick Faldo to completely change the physical look of my golf swing. And he’s correct, at least about the extent to which my action has changed. If you compare pictures of my swing today with the one I had as a Walker Cup player 10 years ago, you’ll see that I don’t look like the same person.Padraig Harrington
It’s work for Padraig so far, as he regained his form at the end of the 2009 season.
Number Three: Alvaro Quiros
Just an inch shorter than Dustin Johnson, this Spaniard is noted for his prodigious length off the tee. Quiros averaged 310 yards in 2009 and had the longest driving average on the European Tour in 2006, 2007, and 2008.
Number Two: Ernie Els
Said Ernie to Golf Digest:
I’ve never been a very technical player. I don’t get caught up in swing positions and mechanics. When I work on my swing…I’m looking for feels. You’ll get better results—and often more distance—if you swing at eighty percent effort. I get all kinds of people telling me I have the best swing in the world—it’s beautiful, it’s effortless. But I know when that isn’t true.Ernie Els
The Big Easy’s three-year plan may have come and gone, but he’s still got a sweet swing.
Number One: Fred Couples
Absolutely, one of the most beautiful swings in golf. It has everything. A great set up, fluid tempo, a fast clubhead speed, and a smooth finish.
Who else do think should be up here?