The “Pro Tip of the Week” series is short videos of things Tour players do that can benefit your game and lower your score. Tip of the Week videos are free for a limited time period. This weeks pro tip is: As Seen on TV: Johnny Miller: Still Mr. “Down the Line”.
There’s not much to say about this short video. You pretty much know what’s coming just by reading the title. We get a nice DTL view of Martin Kaymer moving in super slow motion through impact with an iron, and while the club head is arcing nicely to the left after impact Johnny declares that it is moving “right down the line”. It just goes to show you that if you are supremely confident that what you know is the absolute truth, it doesn’t matter what evidence is right in front of you to refute that belief, you are going to stand by what you believe anyway. At some point Johnny will watch one of these and possibly dissuade himself of the notion that great players swing “down the line”, even if some of them insist that it is what they are trying to do. My point, as always, is that people listen to what Johnny says, and when he is wrong about the swing it is injurious to the chances of the average guy getting better. When the normal player tries to swing down the line they almost always try to keep the clubface square to that line, and in cutting off the natural rotation of the swing inevitably fail to rotate their hips adequately while losing depth, both of which are speed and control killers.