Paul Casey: Proving Basics Pay Off Big
By Top 100 teacher Peter Kostis
Teacher and CBS Commentator
I've coached Paul Casey since his first year at Arizona State University (1997) and I can tell you that he's a great kid. People who think he's cocky or too brash don't know him at all. I also can tell you that he's one of the most controlled power players out there on Tour. Actually, he's one of the top two or three in the world at combining power with control.
How does he do it? Well, it helps that he's strong. His forearms are gigantic and his legs are like pistons. It also helps that he's always focused on improving his game.
When Paul and I work together, we check his basics: grip, posture, balance and swing shape. Everyone should be focused on improving these areas, not chasing the latest gimmick to come down the road. Fundamentals are why Paul has improved every year, and it's how you can too.
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1. Paul has great balance. His arms hang naturally and his hips are neutral, not extended or tucked. His knee flex is ideal the line shows how his shoulders, knees and feet perfectly line up.
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2. See how his shaft angle is already in line with his right forearm? If he were too steep, the shaft would be above his forearm. He gets there by turning his shoulders as his arms swing back.
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3. At the top, Paul is as perfect as you can get. The clubface is dead square and the underside of his left forearm is even with the top of his shoulder. Look how he's held the flex in his right knee.
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4. Paul's perfect top position allows him to start his downswing with his lower body. Notice how his hips have already begun clearing but his shoulders are still back, creating tons of rotational speed.
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5. Check how the shaft points where the ball used to be. He's created a mirror image of his backswing. When these two positions match, it means you're swinging on plane.
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6. See how his left elbow is lower than his right? That shows he's totally released the club, which is a great move to copy. So is the way he's maintained his spine angle throughout his swing.
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How to Sync Up for Power
If there's one thing in Paul's swing that you should try to imitate, it's how he blends the swinging of his arms with the turning of his body.
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