Most golfers recognize the name Hosung Choi. If you don't, He has the most interesting golf swing we've ever seen, and it works...most of the time. With scores of 72-75-77 at the AT&T Pebble Beach pro-Am in challenging weather conditions, Hosung proved that you should 'Swing Your Swing'. I've taught and analyzed thousands of golfers during the past 15 years, and the ultimate goal for 99% of golfers I teach is to score in the 70's. Everyone wants to score in the 70's and show their tour skills to friends and work colleagues. So, lets analyze Hosung Choi and see what we can learn from his swing.
The setup is good. He addresses the ball near the shaft, and tees it very high, but overall, he has a good posture, spine angle, knee flex, stance, ball position, hands hang below chin, distance from the ball is good and he looks relaxed. I would say he has a great setup. I can't see where he is aimed - maybe a little right, but it works for his swing.
Look at the great backswing position. The swing is nice and compact - hands are wide, shaft is away from his head and the clubface angle is perfect. Right elbow looks compact, left arms across his chest, good shoulder turn and good spine angle. Knees look interesting, but this allows him to squat and use the ground as a power source. Overall good backswing position, wrist position, clubface angle and length of swing. I see so many golfers trying to swing the club back too far and getting stuck on their backswing - keep it compact like this for consistency!
Here we can see Hosung squats into the ground creating power. It looks like his club is nicely on plane, which means he must be driving his left hip forward with a little bump to drop the arms and shoulders into a good position. I can't see the swing from a face-on position, but this looks pretty good from the foot-line position. Notice his right heel lifting as he shifts weight to the left side.
We can see Hosung clearing his hips, getting off his right side, shifting that weight forward and creating a lot of club head speed as he swings the driver. He is keeping his arms connected to his body and driving the big muscles. Overall a pretty good impact position with lots of power and speed. It would be interesting to measure his clubface angle and swing path, as well as ground forces as he hits the driver, but this looks like a solid impact position to me. I also like that he keeps spine angle through the swing.
Follow-through Position (Part 1)
He lets that ball have it and sends it down the fairway...most of the time. I did notice he hit a few left and right which could be a balance issue in the swing, but here you can see him jumping off his feet to get everything he has into the ball. It was interesting to see him play the shorter irons and notice much better balance and finish vs. his longer game where he flies off his feet and jumps away from the shot - less consistency. If you go back and watch some highlights, you'll notice this.
Follow-Through Position (Part 2)
Look at how his left leg plants down again, the right leg races past, his belt buckle now faces the opposite direction, yet he still keeps pretty good spine angle and head watching the ball. I think most golfers might pop a disc in their back if they tried this, but Hosung makes it work.
Final Balanced Finish (Part 3)
The swing has finally ended (wow) and Hosung is facing a whole new audience of enthusiastic golfers. This is the final finish position and now he looks ready to hit the ball left handed. The ball is long gone, and he ends up shooting 72-75-77 - in bad weather - goes to show - all that matters is a good setup and what happens when the clubface meets the ball with maximum power.
If I can get golfers into a good setup, and teach them what the face does at impact, maximize the power and help the student get into a balanced finish without falling over, then we have success. I strongly promote 'swing your swing' coaching methodology to Empower Your Game. By fixing a few things that might help with consistency and power, you have a swing that can compete with the best players in the world!