Collin Morikawa Swing Analysis: Great Pivot Movement and Left Wrist Flexion Add Up to Awesome Impact

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This video was originally published on my website July 20th 2020 if you haven't joined it you should as there is much much more of my content there than here. Congratulations to recent PGA Major Champion Collin Morikawa. If you also watched the tournament at Muirfield Village you know that Collin Morikawa is the real deal, as great ball striking and putting put him over the top against another excellent young player, Justin Thomas. In this video (thanks to my friends at TaylorMade) we get perfect camera angles of an iron swing from both face on and down the line. There are many things of note on display: his grip is unconventional to say the least, his left hand weak but with the thumb positioned to the far right of the grip, while his right hand is in a much stronger position with the “V” pointed outside the right shoulder. This allows him to utilize left wrist flexion (bowing) more so than just about any player I’ve ever analyzed, even John Rahm and Dustin Johnson. His pivot movement is spot on, as his athletic build lets him crank his upper body up over his lower with extremely limited lower body movement. He is different than a lot of players who appear to be actively restricting the hips and legs: he does it effortlessly and from listening to how non-technical he is approaching swing mechanics not on purpose. In transition he has the magic Wayne D “crunch” move, deepening his right hip as he changes direction, and he has a huge amount of lateral movement to go along with quick rotation (his left knee disappears well before his arms reach even P5). It is apparent from the look of his impact position that he compresses the hell out of the ball, and with his smooth tempo (almost slow in the backswing) and ultra-stable setup and overall movement it is no surprise that he hits the ball so well.

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Jkbone says:

Grips it like Jack. Weak left hand, strong-neutral right hand and a short thumb.

dbone024 says:

My glutes always fire during my takeaway. And usually when I bend to pick the tee up. Any suggestions for a fix?

Bob García says:

Cool words from a 25 handicap 😜

henry yang says:

13:19 yes he will win another open champion ship in 2021😁

Gerry rosales says:

too long………

Chris T says:

It’s a bit slow… but excellent way to remember..” point the thrust of the left hip 45*. This is a great way to remember this move. Thanks man

Nguyen Duy Tung says:

sr but I have question: what does it mean the unorthodox grip he has here?

CaribSurfKing1 says:

The slide allows for the forward shaft lean at impact. Every great player has alot of forward shaft lean. Its a requirement! Yes its alot of movement, but its athletic and its a large set of muscles making it easier to repeat!

The Squatch says:

Gawd get to the point.

American Me says:

Too much detail for the average golfer. Sometimes simple is better.

SixFiveArms says:

Good Lord, man, get to the point!

Carlos Hernandez says:

Reason why I love Phil Mickelson's instructional videos… Straight to the point!

Denis Prieur says:

Holy crap, i almost fell asleep watching this and hear you comment!

Martin Doan says:

Great analysis looking back… the kid just won the Open and Champion Golfer of the Year.

Crispy Duck says:

I lost the will to live after two minutes – FFS get on with it next time

Richard L. says:

Guys , why is it that we overly complicate athletic moves in golf . No wonder why people don’t improve .

Mike Mike says:

Way too many lines.

Brian Fong says:

Loved the details and descriptions of what is going on.. but I had trouble staying awake waiting for the follow through and finish !

R2d2 says:

Does his lead shoulder move down like Palmer as he goes all the way to the top?

ebttt says:

Get to the damn point

Dicky Saputra says:

very bad audio

Kevin Murphy says:

Outstanding Video,, thank you for your knowledge!!!

graham jones says:

Judging by how far he sets up behind the ball I would expect he is left eye dominant,unusually common amongst great golfers but rare in the general population.Only watched a bit of video so far but he may be a leftie playing right like Speith which would explain the unusual grip and why his a great iron player.

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Mike Mike says:

Way too much detail. crazy

Kha Le says:

Too slow, I quit

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