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Swing Analysis - Steve Stricker

Steve Stricker, this year's presidents cup captain has a simple and repeatable swing. His swing is a "text book" from many 3D graphs. He has great sequencing, he maintains a very stable upper body position, and he uses his body for power while delaying his wrist movements. 

If you struggle with more of a cast pattern, then study his wrist timing and practice training the body to control your transition.

It is worth noting, while Steve's cast pattern is great for accuracy and wedge play, it is not ideal for driver distance. For driver distance, you'll need more of a downswing load than a downswing cast.

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Tags: Poor Contact, Early Extension, Cast, Driver, Pitch, Analysis, Beginner

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In this analysis video, we're going to take a look at the swing of Steve Strikker.

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Steve Strikker is typically referred to as one of those guys who has the simplest swing

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on tour.

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Frequently discussed as someone, Emily, I'm going to talk about what he does in his swing

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based on some 3D that I've seen that reveals why his swing looks so simple and so smooth.

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That simple and smooth technique is great for iron shots and for shots around the

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green and it's part of the reason why he excels in strokes gained either with approaches

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to the green or around the green.

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But I'm also going to talk about why that smoothness may be a limitation if your goal is

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maximum distance.

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When I was involved in the presentation on the rate of closure, I was able to get a look

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at Steve's 3D file.

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So I was able to see what he does so well that helps give the look of just everything

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working together with really good rhythm.

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Now, one of the most apparent is he has some really good sequencing.

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So if you were to see his kinematic sequence, you would see that the lower body leads

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the upper body, the upper body leads the arms and then the arms lead the club.

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The one way that you can see that pretty easily is if you pump back and forth from

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here to there, you can see that there is very little change in his arm positions or his

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arm movements.

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You can see that most of the movement is happening down in this region here.

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So basically what he's doing is he's using his legs early on in order to move his arms

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into place so that then he can use his arms later and deliver the club with a little

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bit more speed and consistency.

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From the down the line view, you'll be able to see that between those two positions, again

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the arms appear like they haven't done a whole lot.

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What you'll see is he gets his thighs back pretty close to where they started by about

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the time the left arm is parallel to the ground.

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Now he does so without losing a lot of his position.

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So if sequencing is kind of key number one to looking really smooth, key number two we're

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going to look at the center of his upper body or kind of where his sternum is.

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So if I put a box around roughly where the measurement would be taking place, so just

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kind of inside the sternum kind of like that.

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What you'll see is that instead of focusing on keeping the head in place, this is where

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the arms actually connect and so keeping the chest about the same distance away from

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the golf ball.

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Not having too much movement either towards the golf ball or away from the golf ball, not

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having too much movement up or down and not having too much movement backward and having

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an okay amount forward.

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All those will help keep your upper body in place so that you'll be more consistent with

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your strike.

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So if you have really good sequencing and an upper body that stays in place, you're going

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to typically have solid, solid strike solid contact.

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So you won't need a whole lot of tension down at the bottom.

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So you'll see he has a little bit of movement away from the golf ball during the downswing.

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But he stays at close to the same height.

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He stays about the same distance away and he doesn't lunge closer to the target too much.

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It's okay to have a little bit of shift towards the target, especially with the irons.

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But if you start getting more than, let's say, two inches of shift towards the target from

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where you set up to impact.

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You're typically going to struggle with some release issues.

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So he keeps his upper body in place with that good while using that good sequencing.

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And those two factors help produce kind of that really smooth look of energy transfer.

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Now what he does with his arms is he has some of the more interesting risk graphs that

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I've ever seen.

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So basically between the top of the swing and right about here, he has less than two degrees

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of risk movement in any direction.

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He keeps his risk pretty much in the same orientation.

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Now I said less than two degrees because they do move.

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He does have some arm shallowing, but he only has a couple degrees, not like the tour average

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of 10.

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He has some wrist loading, some increased trail risk extension, but again, he only has

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a couple degrees, not like the 20 you'll see with longer hitters.

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So from the top of the swing to here, he's doing very little with his risk and he's controlling

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the movement mostly with his body.

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Now I think that's part of the reason that he does so well with the wedge shots is he

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minimizes having too much downswing load and he actually has a gentle cast pattern.

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But the cast pattern doesn't do as well off the tee.

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So even though he's typically in the higher rankings for accuracy, even though he's 6 feet

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to all 190 pounds, he's typically not in the top 100 and frequently not in the top 150

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in driving distance.

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Now I do want to stress that keeping your upper body in that relatively small bubble

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doesn't come from trying to keep your head still.

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It comes from a blend of spine movements and hit movements that keeps your upper body in

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place.

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So I have a number of different videos to help teach how to keep your upper body in place,

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but that would be too much for one of these analysis videos.

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Now because Steve is so great at the wedge shots, let's take a look at how he uses a similar

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pattern with his chipping and pitching.

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So Steve's cast pattern really helps him more with these wedge shots than it does with

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his shots off the tee.

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But what you'll see is that he has that same minimal movement of his risk during transition.

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Instead, he's providing the power more with his shoulders and more from his upper body.

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That combination is typically what we'll see with the better chippers and pitchers the

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ball.

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So it's no surprise that Steve would be one of the best around the green with his natural

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pattern.

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He's able to use that pattern in generate enough speed by creating a little bit more body

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load with his full swing.

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The way he uses his risk is almost textbook and ideal for these short shots around the

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green is not necessarily ideal for the tee shot, which is why he's almost never finished

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below a hundredth in surfs gained off the tee even though he's one of the most accurate

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drivers.

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But it does allow him to have a really simple game for the places where you really need

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scoring, which is the iron shots or the wedge shots.

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