– Hi Adam Bazalgette,
two time PGA Teacher of the Year award down here in Florida. Today I want to talk to you about the swing of Jason Dufner So stay tuned. (upbeat music) Okay, Jason Dufner, one of
the really consistent and excellent players on the PGA
Tour in the last few years. Simple motion, as you’ll see. And I think there’s a few
things we can learn from it, so at the end of the video, at the end of the analysis, I’m gonna come back and show
you a couple of drills and a couple of things I think
you might benefit from. If you like the video,
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you might want to check out. But let’s have a look at Jason Dufner. Okay, so let’s have a look at
Jason swinging the club there, we’ll look from a couple of angles. It’s a very simple compact motion, no wasted movement in there, he’s a very, very consistent ball striker, and a very straight hitter at the ball. And when I get back in front of the camera I’ll talk a little bit about not only what you can learn from it, but what kind of body styles likely are gonna work for this swing. So here he goes, nice little trademark
waggle we’ve all seen that for whatever reason, that
certainly seems to keep him loose, he stays in motion, you can tell he’s not too
stiff in those wrists, or he wouldn’t be able to do that. And here’s the first thing
I notice about his motion is his club really responds to his body. He’s got a little bump to his
back leg which you can see it almost becomes a little bit
more of a convex angle there. Concave I should say as he starts back at the club’s almost dragging, so the body dominates it, once he’s back to about here, the wrists kind of snap into action, but there’s really no
leftover arm swing at all. And as he’s finishing his backswing, he’s already making his
transition with his lower body. Hallmark of great players, but it’s very pronounced here with Jason, so just watch his body
in this area and as he finishes that backswing,
he’s already moving forward. And you can see as just as he was loose of those wrists at the beginning they stay nice and loose
and they load well there. And he just makes a
strong turn through it, makes a good rip at it
with his right side there. He lets his right wrist and arm really straighten out and snap through, but it’s in conjunction with
the release of that right hip and right side as he goes through. So very simple swing. Let’s have a look from this angle. He tends to get bent over pretty far, gets his hands fairly low. A lot of times, just the actual act of getting your hands that low, his hands are, his clubs
pointed below his belt buckle, will tend to slightly
push you over the ball, so that’s possibly what’s happening there. But it’s a good shot posture. And again from this angle we’ll see those hands are very passive, the club’s literally staying
over here and dragging in front of his hands. Now once he picks up speed, his wrist start to snap into action there, and I think it’s more the momentum of the club’s snapping there rather than him deliberately
cocking his wrists, and he has that very compact
kind of a look for his arms. It is rare that you
will see a great player hitting a full shot, where
if you profile their shot, their arms are within that profile. Normally, they’ll have
enough length of arm swing, you’ll see a little bit of a
window that you would see here, but you’ll see that up
above their shoulders, so very compact swing. You’ve gotta love the simple
one plain kind of a look there, but you need, as I’ll show you later, you need a pretty flexible
right arm to do that the way he’s doing that. Notable a flexible right shoulder as well. So he whips it back, he’s on one plain, again, I want you to notice one of the really good
things about his swing is he’s already changing
direction with his lower body before he’s completely
finished going back. So that completes that feeling where his arms respond to his body there, club picks up momentum and sets, and then before his arms have run off, he’s changing direction
with that lower body. Just pulls his head back a little bit, probably cause his
posture’s pretty bent over, hips stay in a great spot, and like all great players
as he’s hitting the ball, you can really see a lot of his back. And that’s a sign again,
his body’s working well and it really frees him up to
release down the target line, and through he goes. So nice, simple, simple swing
there from Jason Dufner. Let’s talk a little bit about it. Okay, so you can see
some of the great things, the simplicity of Jason’s swing. Now in order to apply those to you, you really need to be relatively flexible, and you need to have some body speed. You need to have some strength
and speed in your body. If you don’t feel like
you can create much speed in your body, maybe you’re
getting a little bit older, you might need a little bit
longer backswing than that to really make it work
but it’s awfully simple if you feel like you have
some strength and speed. You’ll also need a
flexible pair of wrists. You need a pair of wrists that will hinge the club fully and freely, course you need a grip
that allow you to do that. And finally when will look in
a minute from the plain here, to get your right arm where his is, I’m going to suggest to you, if you can’t stand there
and rotate your elbow back, rotate your forearm back pretty far, and you’ll notice my body’s vertical, I’m beyond vertical with my forearm there, you just don’t have a
flexible enough elbow and shoulder to do that. Now you could still make a flat swing, but you’re gonna have to
let your right arm give and get a little bit
more behind you there. So let’s get into it. The two main things I think you can take away from that swing, one of them I love, and I
stress in a lot of the videos if you watch some of the videos I’ve done, really like this factor, and that is the golf club and the
arms respond to the body. And you get this kind of two way motion, it’s like loading a whip or a towel, and it is very, very repeatable. I promise you, once you start
snatching the club back, and moving the club head
in a manner that isn’t originating from your core, you can do it but it’s
difficult to be consistent. So here’s what I would
suggest to try to mimic this, setup stance a little bit more narrow, this is a seven iron, we’re just going to hit
a fairly small shot, and practice that feeling
where as you engage yourself, the weight of the club
is so passive to you that it almost slightly causes
your wrist to go concave. You’ll see that in some of the
great players of yesteryear, Bobby Jones certainly comes into mind. Ben Hogan a little bit there, and get used to that feeling
of moving your body this way. Now, once you’ve moved
and your arms and club are starting to pick up some momentum, then you can let the weight of the club snap past your wrists. Now I kind of phrase it that way, I don’t think you want to get here and then suddenly decide
you want to cock your wrist. They should be mobile enough
that once you’re in motion, you sort of sense the weight
of the club sling back. Here’s the key and this is a big one. Once you’ve moved, once you’ve pivoted and you start to sense the club head really picking up speed, in a smooth fashion, just go
ahead and change direction. That will increase your wrist cock and galvanize that downswing. So you can just hit
some little short shots, rehearse the takeaway. Once it starts to snap into motion, just go ahead and change
direction like that. It’s a great practice habit,
even if your intention isn’t to make a swing that small and short. Now from this angle over here, what we want to feel like I think if you’re right-handed golfer,
and a right-hander by nature, which is typical for a right-hander, if you could feel that feeling of like carrying a pizza tray, and I realize that would
actually be horizontal, but a little bit of
that image at any rate, even though the pizza would slide off. You’re gonna need some
flexibility in your arm. And once you’ve made that initial drag, snap it right into that spot like that. Nice little pizza tray feeling, snap it into that spot and go. And you’ll find this club
will create a very consistent, shallow sort of a plane. So I hope those ideas are good for you. Again if you like the video I would appreciate if
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