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    I have been keen student of swing techniques since the mid 1960s and studied the swings of many great players. One thing that stood out was that almost all of them had long, flowing swings that stood the test of time as each player moved into his/her 40s and 50s.

    I was watching Rahm warm up on the range today and the shortness of his swing coupled with his violent transition had me thinking this will not take him far 20-25 years from now. Players with long swings who excelled into their later years include Sam Snead, Tiger Woods, Ben Hogan, Jack Nicklaus, Colin Montgomerie, Judy Rankin, Laura Davies and Mickey Wright. Short, quick swingers like Lanny Wadkins, Curtis Strange, and Doug Sanders, not so well.

    Snead when asked why he had such a long swing said:

    "It is a helluva lot easier to shorten a swing when you are fifty than to make it longer."

    Time may prove me wrong but past history lends support to my theory.
    Last edited by rgk5; Apr 25, 2021, 01:22 PM.
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  • #2
    I’ve always admired Fred Couples swing, seems to be still pretty fluid at 61 years old.
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    Common sense isn’t so common any more.

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    • #3
      Yes, I should have included Fred in the long, fluid category. A low maintenace swing.
      Last edited by rgk5; Apr 25, 2021, 01:22 PM.
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      TXG Custom, T. Made SIM Max 7-wood, Accra 140 2.0 M2
      TXG Custom Mizuno CLK 23*, Tensei Red CK 60 R
      TXG Custom, Mizuno JPX 919 Hot Metal 6-pw, 1* up, Recoil E460 R + 1/2"
      Mizuno S-18 50*, KBS Tour 120 R
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      TXG Custom Ping Glide 1.0 ES 55*, Accra 90i
      TXG Custom Ping Glide 2.0 Stealth ES 58*,S300
      Seemore FGP, 34"

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      • #4
        Fed and John will both be sending a note soon on how to spell their names.

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        • #5
          Good point as I should not type without my glasses.
          King Cobra F9 10.5* , VA Composites Raijin 44 F2
          King Cobra F9 16.0*, UST Helium A Flex
          TXG Custom, T. Made SIM Max 7-wood, Accra 140 2.0 M2
          TXG Custom Mizuno CLK 23*, Tensei Red CK 60 R
          TXG Custom, Mizuno JPX 919 Hot Metal 6-pw, 1* up, Recoil E460 R + 1/2"
          Mizuno S-18 50*, KBS Tour 120 R
          TXG Custom Eye 2+ BeCu 53*, Accra Tour 90i

          TXG Custom Ping Glide 1.0 ES 55*, Accra 90i
          TXG Custom Ping Glide 2.0 Stealth ES 58*,S300
          Seemore FGP, 34"

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          • #6
            So are you advocating that #3 in the OWGR lengthen his swing because a few golfers you “studied” in the 60’s had longer swings? Why? To potentially stave off injury?

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Pingeye2_fan View Post
              I’ve always admired Fred Couples swing, seems to be still pretty fluid at 61 years old.
              Fair enough, but Freddy has suffered from severe back problems for most of his career.

              If he had been healthier than he was, he would have won a lot more than he did.

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              • #8
                To me, Davie Love III is the poster boy for long flowing golf swing while Allen Doyle and Paul Azinger sit at the other end of the scale.

                Watching the LPGA last night, Angela Stanford also swings like the latter two.


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                • #9
                  How about the “ big easy “ Ernie Els. Followed him around the Canadian Open one year, swing looked effortless.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by RutgersKev View Post
                    So are you advocating that #3 in the OWGR lengthen his swing because a few golfers you “studied” in the 60’s had longer swings? Why? To potentially stave off injury?
                    Yes, he is #3 in the world right now. I'm suggesting to ensure Tour longevity he try and lengthen his swing to emulate some of the present and past greats of the game. When Rahm has won 60+ events like some of the players Iisted I'll agree with you.

                    His back or knees will not survive that violent move and believe me, I do not wish that on him or anyone.
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                    TXG Custom Mizuno CLK 23*, Tensei Red CK 60 R
                    TXG Custom, Mizuno JPX 919 Hot Metal 6-pw, 1* up, Recoil E460 R + 1/2"
                    Mizuno S-18 50*, KBS Tour 120 R
                    TXG Custom Eye 2+ BeCu 53*, Accra Tour 90i

                    TXG Custom Ping Glide 1.0 ES 55*, Accra 90i
                    TXG Custom Ping Glide 2.0 Stealth ES 58*,S300
                    Seemore FGP, 34"

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Bellyhungry View Post
                      To me, Davie Love III is the poster boy for long flowing golf swing while Allen Doyle and Paul Azinger sit at the other end of the scale.

                      Watching the LPGA last night, Angela Stanford also swings like the latter two.

                      DL III had a gorgeous swing but seems to have lost his desire to win. Priorities, I assume.
                      King Cobra F9 10.5* , VA Composites Raijin 44 F2
                      King Cobra F9 16.0*, UST Helium A Flex
                      TXG Custom, T. Made SIM Max 7-wood, Accra 140 2.0 M2
                      TXG Custom Mizuno CLK 23*, Tensei Red CK 60 R
                      TXG Custom, Mizuno JPX 919 Hot Metal 6-pw, 1* up, Recoil E460 R + 1/2"
                      Mizuno S-18 50*, KBS Tour 120 R
                      TXG Custom Eye 2+ BeCu 53*, Accra Tour 90i

                      TXG Custom Ping Glide 1.0 ES 55*, Accra 90i
                      TXG Custom Ping Glide 2.0 Stealth ES 58*,S300
                      Seemore FGP, 34"

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by rgk5 View Post

                        Yes, he is #3 in the world right now. I'm suggesting to ensure Tour longevity he try and lengthen his swing to emulate some of the present and past greats of the game. When Rahm has won 60+ events like some of the players Iisted I'll agree with you.

                        His back or knees will not survive that violent move and believe me, I do not wish that on him or anyone.
                        So you’ve reached out to him?

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by rgk5 View Post
                          I have been keen student of swing techniques since the mid 1960s and studied the swings of many great players. One thing that stood out was that almost all of them had long, flowing swings that stood the test of time as each player moved into his/her 40s and 50s.

                          I was watching Rahm warm up on the range today and the shortness of his swing coupled with his violent transition had me thinking this will not take him far 20-25 years from now. Players with long swings who excelled into their later years include Sam Snead, Tiger Woods, Ben Hogan, Jack Nicklaus, Colin Montgomerie, Judy Rankin, Laura Davies and Mickey Wright. Short, quick swingers like Lanny Wadkins, Curtis Strange, and Doug Sanders, not so well.
                          We've all seen this swing.
                          Long? Can't see how any swing could be longer.
                          Flowing? Don't really know...
                          Will it last for another 40 years?



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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by RutgersKev View Post
                            So you’ve reached out to him?
                            Stop trolling. You are not impressing me. Did I say I did?
                            King Cobra F9 10.5* , VA Composites Raijin 44 F2
                            King Cobra F9 16.0*, UST Helium A Flex
                            TXG Custom, T. Made SIM Max 7-wood, Accra 140 2.0 M2
                            TXG Custom Mizuno CLK 23*, Tensei Red CK 60 R
                            TXG Custom, Mizuno JPX 919 Hot Metal 6-pw, 1* up, Recoil E460 R + 1/2"
                            Mizuno S-18 50*, KBS Tour 120 R
                            TXG Custom Eye 2+ BeCu 53*, Accra Tour 90i

                            TXG Custom Ping Glide 1.0 ES 55*, Accra 90i
                            TXG Custom Ping Glide 2.0 Stealth ES 58*,S300
                            Seemore FGP, 34"

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by rgk5 View Post
                              Stop trolling.
                              I’m not trolling. I’m actually trying to figure out your goal. Are you just throwing out an idea you had? Or are you actually thinking Rahm should change his current and very successful swing to suit the 1960s game and equipment? He has no injury history that I know of and is physically built differently than the names you mentioned.

                              But saying that he doesn’t have 60 wins while in his 20’s, therefore should change, is a bit disingenuous.

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