A compelling subplot of yesterday’s sudden-death playoff between Adam Scott (he of Burberry-styled perfection) and Ryan Moore (he of guerilla-militant chic) was the dichotomy of the players’ swings. Scott’s is a thing of beauty—pure, powerful, straight off the factory line. Moore’s is a thing of, well, intrigue—upright, a little jerky, the kind of move you might find at your muni, only with better results.
God bless Moore for that. He gives us all hope. I met Moore early in 2006, his rookie season, and he explained his homespun swing like this:
“I’ve talked to swing coaches, but I don’t know if working with one is something I ever want to do. I know how to fix my swing for the most part, even in the middle of a round. That’s why I think it can be so good. I can think of multiple tournaments in the last few years where in the first four or five holes, my swing just hasn’t felt right. If I had gone to an instructor and been put into all these positions and shown this or that, I don’t know if I would’ve known how to fix it after five holes.”
Moore’s take on putting was even more refreshing:
“I rarely ever crouch down and read a putt. I usually stand up and read it because I can make putts all day long on the putting green by just looking at it and hitting it. It’s just kind of my theory. I’d say 90 percent of people make more putts on the putting green than they do on the golf course. On the course, they’re out there reading it from six different directions and crouching down, but, me, I just look at it and knock it in.”
Camilo, you listening?
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