Tuesday, February 2, 2010

3Jack's Top 10 Swings of All-Time - #5

My #5 golf swing of all time belongs to Nick Price:

Price was along with Greg Norman, was the greatest driver of the ball in his era. Norman was much longer off the tee, but Price was much more accurate and just as aggressive. Price finished in the top 10 in total driving from 1991-1998 and was long enough to finish 6th in driving distance in '93 and 11th in '95. He was also known for using his driver more than anybody on Tour when other Tour players would feel the need to hit a shorter club off the tee on tight par-4's and par-5's, Price would confidently smash a driver down the middle, putting him at a great advantage over the rest of the field.

He was also fantastic with every club in his bag, from the driver to the wedge.

Swing wise he was known for an ultra fast tempo. His tempo is reminiscent of a younger Ben Hogan. His alignments are also solid throughout the swing. He probably dips his head a bit more than your average golfer could do effectively but it's tough to knock Price's swing too much.

So, what do I think we can learn from Price's swing?

I think one of the major things that amazes me about Price's swing is that despite Price's incredibly fast tempo, he has amazing balance. In fact, I've never seen him fall anywhere near off balance in a golf swing and I've followed him for over 15 years.

Here's a few pics that I like.

Here, Price keeps himself on plane post impact by 'swinging left.' As he swings left, his shoulders *start* to become more level with each other.

Here the shoulders continue to almost being level. I think this leveling of the shoulders, which is in part due to Price 'swinging left' and staying on place post impact. I think this is a good way to think about 'swinging left' and how to more easily balance yourself.


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