Swing Gallery by Lee - 2017 Masters Champion Sergio Garcia Swing Sequence

SEQUENCE 1: One of unique aspect of Sergio's swing is how high he sets his wrists at the setup. This is possibly due to counter his tendency to drop into the ball on the downswing. By setting his wrists high, he can better maintain posture through the swing. High wrist angle is retained and helped by using a shortened shaft, as he is known to use a 43-inch length driver.

SEQUENCE 2: Simple one piece take away with everything moving at once. The club head is moving slow, wide and low to the ground. Garcia has been working on the takeaway so that the club stays more on line, rather than outside. This forces the club to be more on plane and helps him to make the swing a little longer.


SEQUENCE 3: Garcia's wrists has not begin to hinge yet and he is known for this late set. Everything is still moving together with his right arm staying straight to create width. He is trying to keep level through the swing by maintaining his posture and stability in the lower body.
SEQUENCE 4: As the shaft gets parallel to the ground, Sergio is still maintaining great width in the right arm. His left arm and the clubface rotates slightly open and the club is in toe-up position. Such move is due his father, Victor, who has been Sergio's main instructor throughout his career, and he has been working to minimize hooking shots.

SEQUENCE 5: Great body rotation. His back is already facing the target as the arm gets parallel to the ground. As he turns, he is trying to stay over the ball and he has not created a massive weight transfer to the right side yet. Notice how his left shoulder is pointing down? It is the result of him maintaining height and the tilt in his posture.

SEQUENCE 6: Sergio's wrists are fully hinged at the top of the backswing but it does not appear to be overly hinged. Really a late set. The shaft aims left of the target as his right elbow points down. In order to get back on the plane, he has to drop the club underneath the plane. From this point, watch the clubhead start to fall.

SEQUENCE 7: Sergio's transition, top-of-the-backswing to the downswing, is the big signature point in his swing. The swing shallows out so that the downswing plane is flatter than the backswing. You can see the drop of the hands on the next frame. Such shallow angle helps with his driver but it can potentially create problems with his short irons, which has been well documented in the past.

SEQUENCE 8: As his weight shifts and the hips are cleared onto the left side, the separation between his upper and lower body causes his arm to sink even lower and he gets the shaft on a much flatter plane than on the backswing. This produces the ever so famous Hogan-esque "Sergio lag." He creates stability in the lower body by having both feet firmly planted, which is a big improvement from the past.

SEQUENCE 9: Sergio maintains the lag, the acute angle between shaft and his arms. This generates tremendous speed when released but also creates potential control issues. Sergio understands that he is not going to change from having a big lag to swinging the club like Nick Faldo but he is working to minimize the club from going too far behind his body - to "make it smaller and easier to control."

SEQUENCE 10: Regardless of what happens on the takeaway or on the downswing, when the club comes through the most important phase of the swing, the impact zone, it is perfectly on plane. The club head is moving and pointing toward the target, instead of a bit to the left as it was the case in the past. Sergio's head stays down and behind where the ball was well after the impact.

SEQUENCE 11: Show of great balance and control even moments after producing such a strong speed through impact. He has tendency to drop into the ball but he manages to remain level by maintaining the tilt in his posture. Sergio's swing might not be the most methodical swing in the world but he understands that it works for him. He understands that he rather "have a natural swing and play well rather than a perfect swing and not be able to play good."



Lee J.H. Lee is the Executive Director of the Links Times and the creator of Hush Golf. He coaches golfers of all skill levels from the Track Meydan Academy by Troon in Dubai, UAE and at the Cedar Hill Golf Course in Victoria, BC, Canada. Follow Lee on Twitter @leejhl@UAEgolf and @linkstimes. Also on Facebook “Dubai Golf Chat with Lee

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