Vijay Singh Swing Sequence

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Vijay Singh: Deft Fader How to fly it left to right like the hardest-working man on Tour. Vijay Singh once said he didn't like looking at his swing on video because he wasn't concerned about it being pretty. He wanted it to be effective. Mission accomplished. Two elements separate Vijay's swing from the pack: First is his obsessive practice. The fact is that Vijay needs to practice all day. His golf swing has several compensating moves that require constant maintenance to repeat consistently. The second interesting point about Vijay's swing is that it is designed to avoid a specific miss — a hook. While this isn't unique among great players (see Hogan and Trevino), his determination is unprecedented. Analysis by Top 100 Teacher Brady Riggs, Woodley Lakes,G.C., Van Nuys, Calif.
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Too Much Tinkering? Vijay's golf swing continues to evolve. During last year's U.S. Open he saw his swing and decided he needed to make a change. The club was in an excessively laid-off position at the top (pointed well left of the target). He spent the end of 2007 trying to get the club to point more right of the target at the top. While some adjustment was probably in order, getting the club too far across at the top can make it harder for Vijay to attack the ball from his desired, slightly outside path. It remains to be seen if his swing change will pay off.
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A classic fader's finish with his right side tilted toward the ground in the followthrough. This keeps Vijay's right side working under, limiting excessive roll of his hands that could cause the ball to curve to the left.
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The loss of spine angle causes his legs to slide past his upper body toward the target — a potentially injurious reverse 'C.' But with his core-strength fitness, Vijay can handle this less-than-ideal position.
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An increase in his knee bend makes Vijay's posture more upright, which pushes his hips closer to the ball and jams his right forearm against his hip. Despite this awkward position, his club is lined up perfectly.
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This is a perfect alignment for Vijay's power fade. The clubhead is slightly left of his hands at the top, ideal for attacking the ball from a slightly outside swing path.
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As a result, Vijay's hands work up through his right shoulder instead of behind it. This more upright swing creates a straight line between his left arm and the clubshaft, an alignment critical to great ballstriking.
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Vijay shallows out his swing nicely — look how the butt of the grip points well outside the target line. This stops his club from dropping too far inside as it approaches the ball, a must to produce his left-to-right ball flight.
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Vijay's backswing continues to change over time. He used to turn his lower body hard to drag the club inside immediately, but now he keeps his legs quiet. This allows the club to work more up and less in.
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Vijay's feet and shoulders are slightly open at address, a key to creating his strong left-to-right ballflight. Take note of his posture and lack of knee flex — they won't stay the same during his swing.
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Give Hooks the Finger Notice how only Vijay's right index finger and thumb remain in contact with the club after impact. This serves an important purpose. Letting his right hand come off keeps it from excessively participating in the shot, which could send the ball left. This is an anti-hook measure that Vijay shares with Phil Mickelson. This is the opposite of holding on or steering. Instead, Vijay fully releases the club to produce a "power fade." One technical thing to note: Despite the unusual position of his right hand, Vijay's left hand and wrist remain flat during impact. This is mandatory for good ballstriking.