Top 100 Teacher Mike Adams breaks down Phil Mickelson's swing and points out the changes he's made.
Phil is in a perfect athletic position at the start. His posture has him balanced with his arms hanging. The shaft of his club and his spine form a perfect 90° angle, which is the position for maximum speed and consistency.
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In this particular swing, he takes the club back a little to the outside, showing that he intends to cut or fade the shot.
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Mickelson has set the club in a lighter, more vertical position. This helps him gain control over the club. In the past, he set the club much later with a wide extended arch, which allowed for more power, but less control.
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Mickelson continues to rotate through the shot, as the arms and body swing through to a balanced finish.
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Mickelson and his swing coach, Butch Harmon, have tightened up his lower body, creating more coil. His lower body used to be sloppier, which required more precise timing.
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At the top, he is both flatter and shorter both good things for a tighter, more efficient swing. The old Phil was longer and higher, requiring more lateral motion to slot the club.
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As he starts his downswing, his arms are in front of his body. Notice how the arms and body are connected.
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As he continues down, the club drops perfectly into the slot. He is now ready for his body to deliver the club to the ball. In the past, he would straighten his spine in an effort to drop the club back on plane. This caused the club to come down too much from the inside, resulting in blocks and flip hooks.
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At impact, Mickelson is maintaining his posture, making ball striking easier and more consistent.