Efficiency Expert: K.J. Choi Swing Sequence

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Steal K.J. Choi's compact windup to build a more consistent swing For someone who never hit a golf ball until high school, three-time Tour winner K.J. Choi has built an amazingly efficient swing that has proven itself capable of holding up under the week-in, week-out pressure of the PGA Tour. "Every photo in this sequence highlights how many great positions he hits with very little wasted motion," says Top 100 Teacher Jason Carbone of the Jim McLean Golf School at the Wigwam Golf Resort and Spa in Arizona. "He especially does an excellent job of winding his upper body over a braced lower body in the backswing. By getting his left shouldr over his back leg, he creates a compact, efficient windup."
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1. This is a beautifully balanced starting position. His bend forward from his hip joints creates plenty of room for his arms to swing.
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K.J. has blended the coil of his chest with an early wrist hinge. This will allow him to keep the club in front of his body throughout the rest of his swing.
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3. K.J.'s shoulders coil on a slightly flatter plane, which forces him to lift his arms a bit in order to keep the club from getting too far behind him.
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4. What a great change of direction! His lower body leads the club into a position where it can be lowered onto a perfect plane.
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5. At impact, we can clearly see a flat left wrist and how K.J. uses his feet to actively push off the ground and get his right side toward the target.
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CHECK IT OUT Choi's shaft angle at address creates a perpendicular angle with his spine because he bends correctly from his hips.
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Post-impact, the shaft angle is a near mirror image because he maintains his posture while unwinding. K.J.'S CONSISTENCY SECRET If you want to understand why Tour pros are so consistent, check out the butt end of K.J. Choi's driver at address and immediately after impact (above). K.J. starts his swing with the club handle pointing at his belt buckle, and he finishes the swing in exactly the same place. It's tough to hit bad shots with that kind of machine-like precision.