Jason Day: Swing Shorter, Hit Farther

Ever hear that your club must be parallel to the ground in the backswing if you want power? Not so! In this video, I’ll show you how Jason Day busts this backswing myth and creates a ton of power with a compact backswing.

  • Loading the body in the backswing properly will help control the length of the swing
  • Make sure the hands and arms stop moving once the shoulders are fully wound
  • Externally rotate the lead leg to help unload the lower body, load the left glute and stabilize the hips 

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jeff
Would you like to comment on Jason's head movement just prior to impact. You'll notice that his head moves at least 5 or 6 inches back to the left, and it also moves down. I think that this movement does at least two things. One, it adds speed to the club, by moving away from the target. I also feel as though this movement aids in balance, keeping the body "behind" the ball. Jeff
November 28, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Jeff. The move does allow for more speed. Giving him the ability to create a greater extension point away from impact. His head drops to help him still reach the ball. It will help produce greater speed, but does put undo stress on the spine. Not saying it is due to this move. But, he has withdrawn or battled through a lot of back issues in the past couple of seasons.
November 28, 2016
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Peter
Chris, Thanks for the analysis. Jason's been catapulted into the limelight, and it seems he's faring well. In the piece, you mention Jason's lag as moderate. Some months ago, I wrote that the limiting feature of lag is the styloid process of the radius. The bone sticks up like a pencil and limits the degree of lateral flexion of the left wrist. It's probably why virtually all views of current PGA professionals (except Sergio) look the same at the start of the hitting area: the shaft is about parallel to the ground when the hands are in front of the right knee. It's even harder to increase the lag angle when the left wrist becomes convex at the top of the backswing or early in the downswing. The angle looks increased when the downswing path flattens, or if the the radius itself rotates medially at the top. But the clubface is open--another 'mal-move" to correct before impact--I guess by rotating the hands leftward. Peter Kennedy, M.D.
October 15, 2015

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