Swing Analysis: Andrew Landry- Making the Strong Grip Work with Great Pivot Motion and Right Arm Movement

By Wayne | Videos: Swing Analysis

Chalk this one up to the “little guys” on Tour, as 5’7” Andrew Landry plays solid golf down the stretch to win the Texas Open. The most distinctive things about Landry’s swing are his strong grip (a la Zach Johnson) and his extremely left exit. Landry’s right arm stays bent well past impact, even with his driver, and when his body is as open as it is by the time he gets to impact you know the hands, arms, and club are going to exit well to the left and come out under the left shoulder. Landry uses an early wrist set to make sure the left wrist stays cupped, and if he had a neutral grip the face would probably be almost toe up. With the grip being so strong, however, the face still appears closed, and it becomes imperative that he keep his wrist cupped and his right arm in front of his chest. He does have a habit of leaning back away from the ball in the backswing, but balances things out perfectly by leaning back toward the ball in the forward swing, the opposite of what so many struggling golfers do. It is notable how open his gets his entire body at impact while keeping the right arm bent and against him through impact, as this allows him to achieve minimal face rotation through the strike. Another thing of interest is the difference between the driver swing face on and the 5 -wood swing. He is way more behind the ball with his driver to hit up on it and moves everything more forward and the ball more back to hit the 5 wood off the ground. Another item of interest is the slow tempo of the backswing and the extreme acceleration of the downswing, not the standard 3:1 ratio that you see in most Tour players.

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Phil May 3, 2018

Hey Wayne,

Obviously this is a great swing by a Tour winner, but I did see something that struck me as odd. Particularly on the longer clubs it looked to me like he keeps that right arm and elbow pretty low and tucked. I know that one of your preferences is to keep those elbows level at about P3 and a bit after. It’s something you’ve mentioned to me on several occasions and is something I’ve been working on. Obviously it isn’t an issue for Andrew. Can you explain what he does that allows him to get away with that? Or…is it one of those things you would actually talk to him about if he came to you and asked you to nit-pick at his swing?

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