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Swing Analysis: Charles Howell III- Perfecting his Transition

In the past I have looked at Howell’s swing (I believe I’ve done at least one video on him) and wondered why the odd move at the top of the swing where the hands move backwards and down momentarily in transition. I taped the Match Play and caught this clip of Charles rehearsing his transition and downswing with the type of move I’ve been hoping he would use. It’s one thing to rehearse a swing change and another thing to put it into action, but the swing (a 3 wood) shows that he has vastly improved his swing. I think it looks great and that he will break through with the big season he’s never really had (his stats are mind-boggling: 17 years in a row with between 1.25 and 2.85 million dollars in earnings with 2 wins and 16 seconds).
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4 Responses to Swing Analysis: Charles Howell III- Perfecting his Transition

  1. John March 28, 2018 at 6:21 pm #

    Well spotted. If you look at his GIR ranking and OWGR, there has been a big improvement since 2014-16.
    I believe he has been working with Grant Waite, who’s done a few videos on the pitfalls of dropping the hands or pulling down on the grip in transition. In the poor player this leads to a steep transition and OTT pulls / slices. In better players, they manage to shallow late but most of them stand up and early extend as a result. A very common pattern. Just ask me.

  2. Daryl March 29, 2018 at 2:10 pm #

    He works with Dana Dahlquist.

  3. Cary March 31, 2018 at 7:40 pm #

    Always felt he had some king of a hitch type move during transition and now I know what it was, and always saw his left leg straightening at the top of his swing as some kind of weird trait of his swing. And now you showing the steepening of his shaft during transition cause by his hands dropping behind him, it shows I guess if you groove a swing you can get by and play great golf, but maybe not as good if he did it the way most great ball strikers do. I can see why his lower body is slow because if it wasn’t he would probably pull everything with his steepened move.

  4. Cary March 31, 2018 at 7:44 pm #

    Daryl- when did he start with Dahlquist, he taught close to where I live in Orange County, Ca and know he used to teach the stack and tilt swing, don’t know if he still does.

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