Luke Donald: Golf Swing Analysis

By Wayne | Videos: Swing Analysis

When we think of Luke Donald the first thing that comes to mind is the syrupy rhythm and the perfectly balanced finish, which make his swing appear graceful and uncommonly effortless, sort of a refined Fred Couples.

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drew williams May 3, 2013

Very good presentation. Do you have other videos of current players with comparisons
to Ben Hogan’s swing?

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Tom May 20, 2013

Wayne,
One of the things you rarely mention,
but is emphasized by my teachers the father and son team of Ted and Mark Sheftic. I have had so many mixed opinions about the role of the hands that I have been very confused about the feelings I should try to achieve at impact. Your evaluation of Luke Donald and the role of his hands resonated with me, because he seems to use his hands completely incorrectly as I have been schooled by the Sheftics. In addition to the fact that his hand position at impact IS NOT A REPLACEMENT OF WHERE HIS HANDS APPEAR TO BE AT THE ADDRESS POSITION OR (the Hogan circle) I feel as if my whole golf career was trying to imitate Donald——– without getting his results. It looks almost as if it is a FLIP—- with the hands.
I am currently trying to achieve an impact position where my left hand is pointing down(arched) while at the same time trying to strike the ball with the back of my left wrist—- and the left hand is partially facing the ground. (getting release with my body turn)
I am spending so much time on this because I believe I have always been early and somewhat of a caster. If the left wrist is not flat at impact ——–it may negate a lot of other good things in the swing——————- Sheftic says it’s simple—– cock the hands back— and then uncock on the forward swing. Perhaps this is a bit wordy and maybe sometime in the future you could illustrate with one of your wonderful analyses focusing on what I perceive as a complicated piece of the golf swing.
I remain a devoted viewer of your website and at 88 probably the source of more pleasure than anything else that comes to mind quickly. Tom Hurst

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Al Gordon March 14, 2014

Hi Mr DeFrancesco, great analysis as usual. I think I’m getting a bit confused on your thoughts about hand movement from the top of the swing. I had thought you advocated a hand path traveling out directly towards the ball from the top of backswing? Not attempting to criticize in anyway, just curious. On a side note, I just finished watching a video regarding the “D-plane” and was thinking that the steeper shaft plane might help counteract its effects on the steeper downward striking shots more commonly used in the lower irons? Possibly explains Luke’s phenomenal accuracy in the lower clubs, and struggles with the longer distance irons? (Honestly I can’t really say he struggles with longer irons, secondhand unverifiable.). Stupid D-plane, stupid Internet. Every answer I find only leads to two more questions.

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Tom March 13, 2015

Wayne,
Is it possible you could respond to me directly regarding a site by Joe Mayo re:”hand path and flexion of the lead wrist”——- Since I place such great value on your insightfulness and some of Mayo’s comments seemed to have clarity for me for the first time———I crave your commentary—– the site is a youtube as follows—————————–https”//www.youtube.com/watch?vZ9CDlybQTZc———— if you would like to charge me for this —that would be fine tom hurst

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