Justin Rose Makes an Odd Looking Practice Swing

By Wayne | Videos: Swing Analysis

I was watching with curiosity the play at the recent Barclay’s championship where Justin Rose played excellent golf but lost after 3 putting the 18th hole from 20 feet. He repeatedly made rehearsal swings that had his hands dropping not just straight down but backwards, and did so without much leg movement. The move was pretty much exactly the opposite of what Tiger Woods was doing earlier in the year when he was rehearsing an exaggerated “hands out” move from the top, swing the club well left past impact and looking like he was trying to hit a big looping slice. Rose looked like he was trying to get himself so stuck that he couldn’t hit the ball, but of course his hands come out nicely at the ball every swing so the practice maneuver must have had a specific purpose designed to counter a tendency to get the shaft approaching from too far behind the hands. We would have to ask Sean Foley about this to get the true answer, but the move was interesting enough that I thought I would share my thoughts about it with you.

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Matt November 11, 2013

He had an article in Golf Magazine (July 2013, I believe) where he discusses what he’s been working on. I can’t find the US version online, but i did find this.


Seems like he tends to get his hands high at impact and he’s trying to get his hands lower and closer to his right side coming down. I tend to do the same thing and thought the article was pretty interesting.

Joe January 10, 2014

Here’s an explanation from Justin in recent golf digest:

Here’s the thought that ties my whole swing together: When I start the downswing, I let my arms drop halfway down as my shoulders stay closed to the target. I often rehearse this move as part of my pre-shot routine. It counteracts a tendency I’ve had of unwinding my shoulders too early, which forces me to slow down so the club can catch up at impact. The harder I try to rip a shot, the more this problem shows up.

By dropping my arms to start down, my wrists naturally hold their angle with the shaft, and it’s easier to approach the ball from the inside. As you can see here, my back is still facing the target. From this point, my hips will whip through in unison with my arms. It’s an incredibly powerful and stable feeling.

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