Analysis by Top 100 Teacher Brad Redding
The Resort Club at Grande Dunes
Myrtle Beach, S.C.
In a recent interview, Camilo Villegas quipped, "I know my swing better than anyone." That's because it's undergone a serious transformation. He walked onto the University of Florida campus as a 139-pound freshman and the shortest hitter on the squad, and left as a 160-pound senior and one of the longest hitters in Division I. Whereas his game in Colombia stressed touch and finesse, his collegiate rounds emphasized power, a new state of mind fueled by countless hours in the weight room.
Villegas's swing is explosive. He has one speed on the course: all out he's an Arnold Palmer in tight pants and long hair. This approach makes it easy for him to commit to the shot at hand without any second-guessing. But it's also an albatross fast swings lead to bouts of inaccuracy, even for someone as talented as Villegas.
Regardless of how fast you like to swing your clubs, pay attention to Villegas's takeaway and backswing. If you copy his positions here, you'll find it easy to keep your club on the correct plane and hit accurate shots.