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Swing Analysis: Bernhard Langer

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.
 

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5 Responses to Swing Analysis: Bernhard Langer

  1. mark smith January 24, 2015 at 2:54 am #

    Hi Wayne, im always wanting to learn and understand from the greats. A question – you say Langer was one of the hardest working professionals on tour.

    Any idea what his average practice day would be like?

  2. John Neeson January 25, 2015 at 1:30 am #

    Interesting to see a world-class player with the club pointing way above the ball in the halfway back position. I have many of Langer’s moves in my swing but he obviously had/has a lot more talent.
    Considering he is known as a pretty pedantic and analytical guy…(and he tried everything to straighten out his putting)….he doesn’t appeared to have tried to change his swing over the years, despite having some fairly amateurish-looking moves. Maybe his ‘faults’ were so grooved he was happy with his ball-striking.

  3. john greyston January 26, 2015 at 3:58 pm #

    Wayne
    Do players with a high approach to impact need to keep the head and upper body a little further to the right in order to shallow out at the bottom of the swing?
    Conversely do players with a lower approach (the right forearm pointing at the ball ) need the upper body to stay more on top to prevent the swing bottoming out too far behind the ball?
    If Langer with his high approach had his upper body as far forward as Jordan Spieth or Kaymer would the clubhead come down too steeply on to the ball?

  4. Cary February 15, 2018 at 10:40 pm #

    I would put Langer in the same category as Raymond Floyd guys that found a way to put the club on the ball with very unorthodox swings, both had great short games and great nerves.

  5. Cary February 15, 2018 at 10:51 pm #

    Was going to say but left out that both Floyd and Langer had repeatable unorthodox swings that some how were able to hit solid shots and both were able work the ball which ever way the shot called for.

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