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Swing Analysis: Another Look at David Duval

Since David Duval has been doing commentary (which I really like, by the way) for the Golf Channel I have gotten quite a bit of interest in going back over his swing and my opinions as to how his game slipped so much. Here I show all the swings my friend Mark Diamond and I took during a practice round for the PGA Championship at Medinah in 1999 when David was ranked 2nd in the world. It was the best golf I have ever seen played: he never missed a shot and was 8 under through 13 holes. It wasn’t long before he won his first and only major, after which he pretty much fell off the face of the earth. I have always contended that his main problem was his hand path dropping in transition, and here I also note how he flattened his backswing plane at P3 and got his left arm deeper across his chest, leading to the dropping hands and a “stuck” approach position at P6. He recently did a bit on the Golf Channel explaining what he was working on (which I show here), but as I point out his swing is still doing the same things that got him in trouble in the first place.



3 Responses to Swing Analysis: Another Look at David Duval

  1. Sean June 1, 2017 at 11:04 pm #

    From David Eger:

    BEST BALL-STRIKER I EVER SAW: Lee Trevino. Having said that, I played a round with David Duval and his father, Bob, back when David was the reigning U.S. Junior Amateur champion. It was 50 degrees and windy in Ponte Vedra, the kind of winter day where the golf ball doesn’t go anywhere regardless of who’s hitting it. But David’s ball flew like it was a hot day in Phoenix. There was a character to it I haven’t quite seen since. And then he got even better. Lee had more shots than David and was better through the bag, so he has the edge. But for pure majesty of ball flight, nobody I’ve seen has matched the young David Duval.

  2. John June 23, 2017 at 12:10 am #

    If you want an mental image of pivoting into and through impact and exiting low and left without flipping – just watch Duval in his prime about a 10,000 times. He must have gotten some bad advice or bad ideas at some point. Another case of changing what got him to number one. Why, oh why?
    Reminds me of when Curtis Strange fired Jimmy Ballard. Jimmy apparently said, ‘You just won two US Opens. There ain’t no f***kin’ next level!’….and hung up.

  3. Chuck September 28, 2017 at 9:25 am #

    I called into SiriusXM Fairways of Life with Matt Adams this morning! This was at like 7:10am CST today. They were talking about David Duval. One caller said he stopped winning when he gained too much muscle from lifting weights. I think my comments could have been clearer because I was trying to say he gained weight that wasn’t from weightlifting. That weight gain along with his downswing hand path change was a problem for him. Of course I cited Wayne when talking about the hand path. I feel a little bad that I didn’t say anything nice about David. There’s plenty of nice things to say about David.

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