Steve Stricker Golf
Robert Cotter (About
Golf Ball Engineer
of Golf Swing Instruction, Instant Golf®
Stricker has a golf swing that is considered to be
one of the most efficient and reliable on Tour. But it wasn't
that way. He is a study in perseverance and reducing the
golf motion to its simplest terms, so one can excel under
turned pro in 1994, and broke through with 2 wins in his 20's
in 1996. That year he finished 4th
on the money list. The future looked bright indeed.
another impressive win in 2001 at the Accenture Match Play Championship,
Steve entered a long, challenging slump.
2005, he had lost his PGA Tour card and relied on sponsor's
exemptions to compete. It is reported that he missed 47 cuts during
his long slump.
Wisconsin native, Stricker set out to rebuild his swing in a
converted 3-sided mobile home, hitting balls out into the snow
the Cherokee Country Club in Madison, Wisconsin.
knew he needed to develop a swing
that was reliable and could repeat under pressure. In this process,
he was also assisted by his
time swing coach, Dennis Tiziani (who also happens to be his
emerged was a totally different looking golf swing motion compared
to his former, more vertical, "across the line" action.
hard work and perseverance paid off when he won The Barclays
tournament in August of 2007. Steve's show of emotion at that
and subsequent wins hints at the years of despair before the
comeback. To him (and others on Tour), there is always doubt
will win (or win again) out on the big stage.
his 10th and 11th PGA Tour titles at the 2011 Memorial Tournament
and John Deere Classic. He also added the Hyundai
of Champions title in 2012
which included a stunning 63 in the 2nd round. This week
he's in action at the Shell Houston Open.
46, Steve has won 9 times after the age of 40 (12 PGA titles
in all). Only 4 Tour players have more wins after 40 than Stricker.
future for the 46 year old still looks bright as he continues
the quest for a Major title. That acomplishment, combined with
body of work, might put him in the World Golf Hall of Fame. For
time being anyway, nice guys are
Steve Stricker Golf Swing - Myth and Reality
what's this "new" swing all about? There is a lot of
discussion regarding Sticker's golf swing these days. This has
in a lot of myths about what is really going on in his back swing
and down swing.
will address a few of those, and show you exactly why he is so
consistent with the driver and irons.
Myth: Steve Stricker has no wrist cock in his back swing.
Reality: He has plenty of wrist cock, just not as much as others.
he choses driving accuracy over distance, Stricker still averaged
285 yards off the tee in 2012. While
not among the leaders in driving distance, that is a good poke.
he can hit it longer at will (he hit one 411 yards in 2012),
he has simply chosen fairways vs. rough. This leads to more birdie
and eagle opportunities.
wrist cock is shown below. It is a "quiet" wrist cock due to
the smoothless of his overall swing motion. In reality, it doesn't
look much different than most of the players on Tour when you
look at a still shot like below!
tend to associate wrist cock (especially in the down swing) with Sergio
Garcia or Dustin Johnson.
I would suggest they are more the exception,
Steve. It's the un-cocking of a player's wrists in the down swing
that produces speed.
accomplishes his down swing speed as well as anyone with his
mischaracterized, "wristless" swing. There's plenty
of wrist cock there, disguised
in his smooth, even tempo motion.
Myth: Stricker's swing is flat or laid off.
not when he is playing well. His iron swing is actually quite
swing is powered by the body. This is one of the major
changes from his old motion that resulted in a tendency for the
club head to "cross the line" at the top (or point
to the right of the target).
has blended a full shoulder turn with a more compact arm swing.
he is at the top of his back swing. Notice the club
is well short of parallel with the iron yet the shoulders
are fully turned.
club is in total control and staged for the down swing.
is one of the reasons he is ranked among the leaders in Greens
Hit in Regulation and tops most of his peers with
per Round (combined
with his great putting stroke).
back swing motion is tied to his body movement. I would describe
it as a "rolling" or "rocking" motion.
is also one of the reasons his swing is deceptively sleepy looking,
yet his ball striking is quite superb.
of the strike will win you PGA trophies (or $5 dollar
bets and a coke) in this game. Steve transfers the club head
momentum perfectly into the back of the ball through impact.
efficiency starts with his comfortable setup and body dominated
takeaway. The butt of his club points directly at his naval and
he maintains that relationship for the initial move away from
this position, another misconception occurs. Unlike a player
like Matt Kuchar, whose swing is virtually completely body
driven, Stricker engages his arm swing in complement
to his body turn.
he didn't, his arms would rip behind his body and be in a horrible
position from which to initiate the down swing. He would be at
the point of no return, and be stuck (a term often associated
Steve has built a swing few understand, yet one that produces
unsurpassed consistency. In fact:
Stricker's "modern" position at the top is a critical
of his powerful, Repeating Golf Swing.
I couldn't be more on board with his fantastic approach to the
Image from the new 7th Edition of "The
Key To A Repeating Golf Swing"
Stricker's top of the back swing position 90 degrees and the
result is the position in left illustration. That's me at the
top of my back swing.
this solid position, any golfer can initiate the
down swing with what I call The
Key To A Repeating Golf Swing and ride the
motion right to his or her finish position.
and all great players, past and present, male and female, are
performing The Key whether they are
consciously aware of it or not.
Key is performed correctly, the down swing will be on
auto pilot. You will be held captive by your own great swing.
sounds like a gunshot (especially off the driver) and the golf
ball is compressed as efficiently as possible. You will
use all of your available swing speed with no power leaks,
just like Steve.
Down Swing has its own Set of Requirements.
down swing forces created are tremendous, even for the
Senior or Slower Swing Speed player. Different
muscles are engaged and dynamic balance must be maintained by
calling on specific
parts of the
body. And it all takes place in 1/3 second!
requirements are met by every pro, yet very few recreational
golfers (due to no fault of their own).
exactly why I created my blue print for a true Repeating Golf
Swing. A swing that delivers the ball to mowed grass, not the
rough or woods.