Ben Hogan and Jack Nicklaus got it right, but Dustin Johnson struggles with consistency, reader says, and it’s easy to see why
Morning Read has featured a number of pictures of today’s golfers “then and now” (“Swings: Then & Now”).
In a wrapup of Colonial, Morning Read showed a classic picture of Ben Hogan. A while back, I looked at a picture from a famous watchmaker’s advertisement featuring Jack Nicklaus at the Old Course and his final shot into 18 for the British Open win. Analysts talk about many items in “Then & Now,” but I've yet to hear one of them talk about the left-wrist position of all the great players at the top of the swing. The left wrist is in a straight position to the left forearm, along with the hands. They are all in alignment.
Watching Dustin Johnson, his left wrist is so closed compared to those of Hogan and Nicklaus. Even Rory McIlroy in his former swing was slightly laid-off compared to today. Though Nicklaus was heavier earlier in his career than he was later, his left arm and wrist were very Hogan-like throughout his lifetime. Very few analysts talk about the left-wrist position and how that affects the club’s alignment.
Johnson is so inconsistent because of his left-wrist position. If he stopped flipping it, he would be a few yards shorter but in the fairways. Nicklaus opened the clubface to hit his fade; Hogan did it with his feet. I wonder why the left-wrist position is so taken for granted.
Another item on “Then & Now” shots: the “now” pictures show the players as much more muscular, and in some cases maybe a slightly bit taller on address.
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A modern-day Moe Norman
Bryson DeChambeau strikes me as a larger version of Moe Norman (“Bryson DeChambeau adds brawn to brains, but is it such a smart move?” June 17).
DeChambeau has a similar swing setup and plane, plus the oversized grips.
Norman struggled with putting, and it seems as if DeChambeau needs work around and on the greens.
Let's hope he works it out.
We’d might as well play an emergency 9
As reader Dave Richner points out, the good golf news with the COVID-19 pandemic is the faster pace of play (“From the Morning Read inbox,” June 18). The bad news, however, is that once we finish, there’s no place to go that’s safer than the golf course.
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