As we all know by now Rory is off to a rip-roaring start at the US Open. He is simply playing flawless golf. We’ll see where he lands on Sunday and whether or not he can shake those recent Sunday Master’s demons behind for good.
When I have caught segments of the Open so far this week I have heard a lot of comments on the beauty of Rory McIlroy’s golf swing. And it truly is a thing of beauty. He has everything – speed, power, total synchronization, touch – it’s all there. But as most of us fall into the amateur status, what things can we learn from watching the Rory McIlroy swing in the next few days?
For one, as a holistic view of his swing, he has exceptional rhythm. You don’t see anything herky-jerky in that swing do you? It goes back smooth and comes through just as smoothly, like a knife through butter. How can we bring a little of this “Rory-Rythm” to our own swing? I would recommend a drill I don’t often do enough, that is, to swing with your eyes closed and just go back and through, back and through. Then after 4-5 blinded shots put a ball down and try to hit it with your eyes closed.
I don’t care if you miss it, hit it 10 feet or more. Just get the feel in your body of a total golf swing. Try to feel your own innate rhythm. Try to feel the build-up of power from backswing to follow through. We tend to get so “ball-bound” that we end up trying to hit a frog with a stick – not a pretty picture.
Keep in mind, this may feel a bit less-powerful because your not exerting as much shoulder or arm power which, paradoxically, feels stronger. But if you swing “smoother” you will begin to feel that effortlessness or freedom in your swing and you’ll be surprised how you can access your own inner “Rory-ness” (and hit the ball a lot farther)
Also, if you watch Rory’s swing closely he really get a lot of golf power in the transition from backswing to forward swing by using a type of squat. Almost like the famous Sam Snead squat and as Sam says in the video, by squatting slightly he could throw “a bit more heat into it.” Rory, and other big hitters, really do this well by using the ground as leverage. Almost like they are screwing a corkscrew down into the ground on their forward transition giving them an extra spring-effect, burst of power as they whip into the ball. It’s a real compression into the ground.
Nick Bradley (whom we have spoke about a number of times before here at GolfDashblog) has an exercise to in his excellent (and highly recommended) The 7 Laws of the Golf Swingto really “awaken” your legs this way. The gist of it is really to practice with your knees really bent at address then explode up into the ball on your forward swing. Man, do that ten times and you’ll really feel your legs on fire.
Another thing I notice about Rory is that he has a wonderful follow-through and always in balance. This is bit harder to nail down but it’s the result of a lot of good things happening before. It’s something to really pay attention to in your swing. Do you complete your swing? Are you in balance?
One of the drills I have heard Rory uses is the 2 feet together drill. This is really a great drill (also often used by Jack Nicklaus) that promotes balance and rhythm into your swing. 2 things Rory doesn’t have to worry about (currently anyway)
As I move toward 50 I really can appreciate the rhythm and power and flexibility in the Rory McIlroy swing. It’s just a thing of beauty to watch. In some ways it’s the gift of youth. We can only imagine the where this gift will take Rory. However, we CAN take and integrate elements of Rory’s swing and use them to better our enjoyment of the game. The rest it’s up to you.