Why You Need This: In this video, you get a great Charl Schwartzel golf swing analysis.
Many players think that you need to be a big guy to have a big, powerful swing.
Schwartzel is listed at 5'11 and weighing 160 pounds, so he's far from being the biggest player on Tour...
Yet he's averaging around 117 mph in clubhead speed.
So how does he do it?
You'll find out in the video...
You'll get an in-depth analysis of Schwartzel's swing and the 5 key swing moves that he performs to pure his shots.
Watch this video now to put these 5 key swing moves into your own swing...
And boost your swing speed!
**Below are the additional All Access videos I mentioned in this Schwartzel analysis. These videos are great for building up your lag, so make sure you check those out.
- 1.2 Easy Golf Lag Drill: Stick Behind the Ball
- 1.4 Build Massive Lag w/ This Lag Progression (Part 2)
Golf Pros Featured: Charl Schwartzel
Instructors Featured: Clay Ballard
Video Duration: 11:26
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Hi guys, and welcome back to Top Speed Golf. In today’s video we’re going to take a look at Charl Schwartzel’s swing. This is from a couple years ago, and thanks to Terry Rowles for supplying this footage for me to use.
His swing is basically identical throughout almost his entire PGA Tour career. I haven’t seen any major changes in there.
We’re going to take a look at just how fundamentally solid his swing is, how he creates some pretty big speed for not being all that big of a muscular, strong guy.
Some things that you can copy in your own swing for more power, and more distance, and overall really good ball striking. Let’s go ahead and get started.
OK, so at only 5’11” and 160 pounds, he’s averaging a little over 117 miles an hour club head speed which a big part of this is coming from being able to really load up going back.
You’ll know from the Top Speed Golf System, that’s what we call the Power Turn. It’s a very important part of the golf swing, and to be able to have power. So in order to rotate, what we need to do is feel like that we’re pushing down into the ground, I’m going to draw an angle here.
We’re going to be pushing in the backswing with our right foot down into the ground. In turn, that’s going to go ahead and push up on our right hip, kind of up and back.
That’s also going to feel like we’re rotating this right shoulder up and back. That’s going to allow us to rotate. So we need to get the weight on the right side of our body pretty soon.
You can see he’s getting a little bit of a weight shift, a weight bump, and that’s allowing him to then drive into the ground and rotate his hips and rotate his shoulders as he’s going back.
He has a really, really good shoulder turn. What I’ve found is that a lot of people, they can get a bigger shoulder turn than they realize if they get their weight to transfer soon enough and they get their hips to rotate enough.
So a lot of times people will limit their hip rotation, and they don’t get fully loaded up.
You can see how he’s probably I would guess somewhere around – the camera angle here isn’t perfect – but I’d say probably 100° to 110° rotated with his shoulders from shoulder blade to shoulder blade, or shoulder socket to shoulder socket, the actual in the arms themselves.
Then as he’s coming through, now he’s going to rotate all the way on around and we’re going to do the same thing in the downswing to rotate.
So the lead foot is going to feel like it’s pushing forward and back, and then that’s going to rotate the hip up and back and it’s going to rotate the shoulder up and back on the lead side.
If we do this as we’re coming through all the way to the finish now that we can see really good turn all the way on around. So the right shoulder’s almost feeling like it’s pointing down the fairway.
The right toe is pointing up and down, that’s allowing the hips to rotate and then the shoulders come all the way around. So you can see his chest is basically facing into the left rough as he’s coming through to the full finish.
That’s exactly what you want to see if you’re getting a lot of power, you’re getting a lot of swing speed and momentum in your golf swing. That’s why we focus in on that in the Top Speed Golf System, that’s why it’s one of the five things that we really, really focus in on.
Now he’s very consistent, one of the best iron players on Tour. I love what we call the Stable Fluid Spine which is the next piece.
If I draw a line going from the center of the chest down to the belt buckle, you can see how that’s tilted slightly away from the target. He’s going to stay really, really consistent throughout the entire swing doing this.
This is one of the second keys that we focus in on that gets you that success. Look how stable he’s staying, not a lot of spine movement, not a lot of swaying or moving around.
As he shifts to the left and comes into impact, we’ll see that that angle increases slightly so it doesn’t stay exactly the same that it was at address. You can see at the top it was almost identical.
He’s going to tilt a little bit more like that coming to impact, and that’s really the most important position is getting this lined up correctly and your spine tilted away correctly. That allows you to release out in front.
So you can see how stable he was from address to the top of the swing and into impact. If you’re struggling, maybe you’re not hitting the ball as consistent as you want to, maybe you’re feeling like you’re kind of hitting behind the ball, chunking some shots, and hitting some thin.
A lot of times what’s happening is that spine angle is changing like this and you’re almost leaning back to the target throughout the swing, and then that gives you a lot of inconsistency.
Now with that spine angle, along with that, let’s go back closure to impact here, let me pause right at impact. We’ve got to put our body in a position to be able to deliver the club time and time again in the right spot.
If I draw a line from his ankle up to his left shoulder, You can see how his left hip – let’s actually get rid of these other lines – you can see how his left hip, his left shoulder, and his left ankle are in alignment, and they’re slightly tilted away from the target.
With a driver you’re going to see this angle tilted away, usually about 6°-8°, somewhere like that. With a wedge, you may see a little bit less.
The left shoulder may be up here like this. But you’ll notice that he isn’t getting that hip to bump in front of his ankle.
So a lot of times what I’ll see players doing, trying to get to the left side, they’ll have the shoulder here, the hill will be bumped up there, and then the ankle will be down. Now all of a sudden, we can’t rotate because our hip is jamming up our body and we’re not going to be able to rotate on through the shot.
That’s a big issue when you’re struggling with some rotation, is the hip is getting a little bit too far forward. He’s basically in perfect position here, and that’s what we call the Compression Line in our system, and it’s the third piece out of five that are really going to make you to play well.
If you’re not familiar with Top Speed Golf, it really focuses in on the five pieces that all pro players do. If we’re looking at Jack Nicklaus, if we’re looking at Charl Schwartzel, Tiger Woods, Adam Scott, you know all these great players are doing these five things very, very consistently.
Now the last two pieces I want to focus in on go hand in hand, and we’re talking about lag and release of the golf club. As he gets to the top you can see how he’s very nice and wide, high hands, club hasn’t fully, fully set yet.
As he starts down he’s actually going to be increasing his lag. So he’s not trying to hold on to lag, he’s actually increasing his lag and look how much sharper that angle is.
From here, so we’ll take the left arm to the wrist up the club shaft. Let’s go back at the top of the swing, we can see how that angle is actually sharpening up.
So the left arm, to the left wrist, to the club, is a much wider angle there. As he starts down he’s actually increasing that angle, and he’s going to get to that max angle here when that left arm is around parallel to the ground.
He actually gets a little bit of extra lag, so creating tons of lag here. That’s going to help him to get a lot of speed. Then from there, he’s going to release that into what we call a Straight-line Release. Let’s go back one more frame.
This is what you’re going to see with all good players, again, all PGA Tour Players, getting that nice lag in the downswing.
Then as their chest rotates 45° in front, roughly 45°, you’re going to see that that’s when the club is splitting the forearms.
So you can see the forearms, the club, the chest, the hips, everything is basically pointing out in that same direction and allowing him to release all that leverage, to release all those angles. That’s what creates a big whipping action.
So if we take the club – let’s pause it a little bit before that. A lot of times I see people releasing this angle when they’re here and their hands are in front of their left leg, they’ve already released that angle.
Well now let’s take an angle from the chest down through the center of the hands, and look how much the club head is still lagging back. So he’s saving that angle up and it’s not until in front that he’s releasing that angle.
If you’re struggling getting that club to accelerate through contact, usually what’s happening is we’re trying to hit a little too hard from the top, we’re not flattening that shaft out, we’re not increasing that lag at this point, and then we start to release that early.
So really, really good angles and I love, my favorite things of his swing which is a little bit unique to some of the better ball strikers out there, is just how long and tall he is as he’s coming through.
You’re going to see the same position with Adam Scott. You’re going to see the same position from Tiger Woods from early 2000s, you’re going to see very similar positions in some of the best-looking swings on tour.
That really helps him to stay nice and balanced, and create that width and that arc as he’s coming through the shot.
Those are the five keys, that’s how he stacks up with the Top Speed Golf System, almost perfect. Let’s go ahead and take one quick look from down the line, and then I’ve got a couple videos I want you guys to watch.
OK, so here we are from down the line. Again, fantastic posture, his chin is nice and high. That’s allowing his spine to be really straight, I mean one of the most technically sound swings on the PGA Tour. Great ball striker, one of the top-rated iron players in the game.
What I’ve done is I’ve drawn a line from the hosel of the club up through the bottom of the right elbow at address. This is what we call the elbow plane. Notice how nicely his club tracks up that plane.
So as he gets to the top of the swing, almost perfectly parallel with that, really good position. As he comes down, look how he’s matching up with that perfectly.
So really, really nice club position, he’s allowing that club to flatten out a little bit as he’s starting down. Again, this is when he’s having some good lag angles.
He rotates through the shot very, very nicely and nails that angle as he’s coming through there. What that means is, he’s going to be really, really consistent and allow his club to be on plane the entire swing.
That way he has very little compensations that he’s going to need to do, and he’s going to be able to hit the ball consistently straight.
Now for those of you who need a little bit more power, it’s OK, one of the things that people really focus in on is keeping the right heel down, very long on the swing. This is one of the last things I wanted to mention.
You’ll notice how his heel comes up just a little bit early. That’s just from him rotating the hips. A lot of times I’ve seen people that have their hips stall out a little bit, and we’re not rotating the hips enough and that’s hurting our swing speed.
You’ll notice how he’s allowing the hips to rotate on through there, and getting all the way through to a good, full finish.
Again, even though you may not be the most flexible person in the world, as long as you allow the hips to rotate, you allow the right foot to come up in the follow through, you’re going to see the chest facing a little bit more left, and the belt buckle facing down the target.
Focus in on those good keys, I know that’s going to help you guys hit the ball much more solid, much more consistent. Good luck to you guys, I’ll see you all soon.
All right, so for those of you that are members of the website, if you want to increase your lag, we saw just how good Schwartzel here was increasing his lag, increasing the wrist angles as he’s starting down.
That’s going to allow him to whip that club through contact. If we pause as he’s very late in his downswing, one of the things we’re going to notice is that – hold on one second here, sorry about that screen popping up.
One of the things that we’re going to notice is that the butt end of his club is pointing behind the ball very late in the downswing. I’ve got a great drill that’s going to help you to get into the same position and increase your lag in the downswing.
It’s video 1.2 from our Top Speed Golf System, that’s level 1, video 2 and we talk about how where you’re going to do a drill with a stick behind the ball, and I’ll walk you through it step by step.
Be sure to check that out if you’re a member of the website. Also, I’ll walk you through a lag progression in level 1, video 4.
So that’s going to help you to step by step go through how you’re going to increase your lag, how you’re going to increase those angles as you’re starting down. Then you’re going to be able to whip that club through there, just like we saw with Charl Schwartzel here.
So good luck to you guys, good luck on the lag, work hard, I’ll see you soon.