If you like the way I teach and are used to watching Hogan films you may not think Langer’s swing is very good, but 96 overall wins (40 European Tour, 23 Senior Tour, 2 Masters, 4 Senior majors) would tell you to watch this carefully to see how he does it. Very few players in history have utilized a downswing with the hands, arms and club as far out in front of the body as Langer, and certainly the difficulty in timing the hand release from the resulting approach angle is substantial. Langer does it extremely well by keeping his hips nicely “in the box” in the forward swing, giving his right arm plenty of room to get in front of him even after he drops his hands in transition, and by being a legendary practicer, one of the hardest working players of all time.
Langer rolls the clubface open in the takeaway to keep the clubface from getting too shut due to his extremely strong grip, and as a result pinches his right elbow in early and lays the club off approaching the top. In transition he pulls the left arm down the chest, and while the hands move momentarily straight down with the club steepening he quickly moves everything way out in front of him while his body tries to make room. The overall effect would seem destined to produce a weak cut, but Langer hits it solid and straight. He is also has one of the best short games ever, and has apparently figured out how to cure the putting yips. This is not a technique I would teach, but I have nothing but the highest respect for his ability and his work ethic. He keeps himself in incredible physical condition, which of course is quite helpful when you are 57 years old.