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Golf Australia Express : OTG Express 157
THERE'S no swing on Tour I'd rather sit back with a glass of red in hand and watch traverse a tricky course than the one possessed by Louis Oosthuizen. The South African's smooth and repetitive swing is, to me, golf's version of a funky drum beat. It gets you nodding and it makes you smile. It is perfect – or at least it used to be. You see, these days, professional swings as pretty as Louis' – Justin Rose's and Adam Scott's come to mind – are equally paired with a host of unique homegrown concoctions seemingly as far away from the textbook as a high school jock. And it seems nowadays that we're introduced to an unorthodox swing getting the job done on a big tour every other week. On the PGA Tour alone this season we've seen Jim Furyk, Ryan Moore, and J.B Holmes salute victories. None of whom have traditionally "technically sound" swings. Bubba Watson's famously homegrown swing has helped the 36-year-old Florida native to two season wins thus far, including the WGC-HSBC Champions tournament. Yet with Watson and Furyk the obvious exceptions, the 'imperfections' in the swings of many of the year's other winners are more subtle. Dustin Johnson's interpretation of the golf swing is one few people could possibly replicate, such is the athleticism required to perform the action. While somewhat unorthodox, it helped him to the WGC- Cadillac Championship title and very nearly a US Open to boot. At the risk of shocking the lot of you, while Jordan Spieth's swing is a lot more than pretty good, it's not exactly pretty. But who cares when you can deliver the way the world No.2 does? Switch to the women's Tour and tell me with a straight face that teachers are trying to get their pupils to copy Inbee Park's unique swing. Not happening, despite that vertical action helping the world No.1 to a seventh major on the weekend. Lexi Thompson continues to win tournaments – her latest a week or so ago at the Meijer LPGA Classic – despite looking like she's throwing her back out with every committed drive. Imperfect swings seem to be the new perfect, or are at least on par with the traditional textbook swing. That's a good thing for golf and one genuinely endearing aspect of the game. Yet it appears many golfers are yet to learn the lesson. Apparently the obsession to tinker with what is a natural movement for an indvidual, all in the quest to look and feel more orthodox, can really hamper a player's game. Tiger Woods is undoubtedly the pin up boy for that theory, and it's only his pure out-of-this-world talent that has allowed him in the past to keep winning despite changing his swing more often than the rest of us change our underwear. But you just can't work against what is natural forever, and golf is littered with examples to prove that case. The lessen in all of this for the everyday amateur (and teaching professionals) is this: Please don't try to turn a swing into a metronomical robot. It's probably been a Picasso for far too long. OTG the VIEW IMPERFECT THE NEW PERFECT WE CAN ALL LEARN FROM THE PHENOMENON OF HOMEGROWN AND LESS-THAN-TECHNICALLY-PERFECT SWINGS WINNING BIG EVENTS AROUND THE WORLD. by Damian Shutie OTG editor-in-chief Awarded #1 Overall Winner in the ‘2015 MyGolfSpy Most Wanted Driver Awards’ # 1 MOST WANTED DRIVER 2015 LEARN MORE
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