Mark O'Meara's axis tilt at setup (yellow line) plays a huge role in creating this great impact position.
Long-time PGA Tour pro and now Senior PGA Tour pro Mark O'Meara has one of the best golf swings you might have overlooked.
While his swing isn't a perfect model for the Rotary Swing Tour (RST), it's not too far off, and you'd do well for yourself to pick up a few pointers from his fantastic swing in the analysis video below.
The number one characteristic of his swing I'd like you to notice is his axis tilt at address.
One of the most common faults we see is a lack of axis tilt, which can lead to all sorts of problems and compensations in both the backswing and the downswing.
If you struggle with a lack of axis tilt at setup, it might be because you aren't sure how to get back to the ball at impact when set up properly.
Trust me, it can be done.
But you need to understand what's going on in the pictures below to pull it off...
Notice how much weight shift has occurred from backswing (left) to downswing (right) in this short "9-to-3" swing. If you've got proper axis tilt at address, this weight shift is a must.
The stationary yellow line above makes it clear how much lateral movement is needed in the downswing to shift the weight and get you back to the ball if you've set up with a proper amount of axis tilt.
And of course, this lower body movement must start the downswing as you keep those shoulders passive.
Combine the right amount of axis tilt with a solid weight shift, and you'll keep that club on plane better and have a much simpler swing with fewer compensations.
Now check out the video below to see Mark O'Meara demonstrate this and to pick up some additional instruction on the release, the Tiger Squat, and more!