What can we learn from Jhonattan Vegas’s swing technique and top, who finished among the top 30 PGA Tour players in the 2016 season?

Is thinking you’re going to play bad an acceptable reason for withdrawing from an athletic competition? Though Tiger Woods has ceased to be a role model in life, he’s still very much one in sport, and so the likely future Ryder Cup captain’s turnabout at the Safeway Open three days after signing up warrants this specific ethical scrutiny.

One important point to notice, is that JV rotates his shoulders and torso inclined to the floor. It is very common that amateur players, when starting their swing, rotate their shoulders horizontally to the floor, which forces them to move and remove stability on the ball.

By rotating the shoulders and torso properly,  as JV does, another very important component of the swing is brought forth, how to move the legs, hips, and especially the pelvis, which is the centerpiece of the swing. You can see how the right side of JV’s body is extending or going up, his right hip is clearly higher than his left hip, since the left side of his body is flexing and inclined. With his right side position rising and with the left side position down makes it easier for him to extend his left arm and stay better centered on the ball. The feeling on your legs is clearly from the loss or reduction of the initial flexion of your right leg, as the right hip goes up and the flexing of your left leg increases, while the left hip lowers.

JV remains centered, but his body pressure is clearly dominant in his right leg, this allows him to increase swing velocity when hitting the ball, but in turn gives him control over the lowest point on the arc of his swing, which must be positioned after the ball. Many players who are fond of seeking more power and speed are incorrectly drawn to move violently back and forth with their whole body, while only gaining a loss of control of a good contact with the ball.

In the graph you can clearly see how JV stays on the ball while transferring the pressure of his weight with a rotating movement towards the floor, not horizontal to the floor, and thus manages to be more precise in the contact with the ball.

Source: Fairway magazine
By Julio Nutt
Lead Master Instructor
Jim McLean Golf School