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Swing Analysis: CPC (PNC) Champion Rod Perry

Club pros play in a different league than do touring pros, but the demands of the game do not change. The shots still have to be hit, the course navigated, and the only difference is that the players in the field as a whole are not quite as good overall as the players in a tour event. That said, you can only beat the people you are playing against, so the fact that your winning score might have finished 30th if it were a Tour event is meaningless. I won this very tournament on this course, and I played in this tournament (missing the cut), so believe me when I tell you that 10 under par is some great golf. Rod came into the tournament having been crowned as the PGA Professional Player of the Year for the 2012 season, and he certainly proved that to be no fluke as he pulled away at the finish for a 3 shot victory.
 
The swing you see here is certainly not a model swing, although I would argue that the impact position and sustained line of compression you will see from the face on view is as good as any tour player I have film of. From down the line we see a bunch of things that I would view as items to work on and change in order to make the swing better. If Rod came to me and told me that his game was in the tank and he couldn’t hit the ball, the first thing I’d do would be to get rid of that lift in his backswing. I would try to get his arms less lifted and then would attempt to get his lower body more involved in the transition and downswing. Of course, he’s not going to do any of this because he’s playing great golf with the swing as is, so it is just interesting to watch it at work. The quietness of his leg movement and the outward hand path (and shallowing shaft) all combine to bring him into a workable impact, where he moves through the ball as well as any tour player I have seen. The “sustain” of the left wrist bend past impact is nothing short of phenomenal. I don’t think I would have guessed that it looked anything like that if it wasn’t captured on camera. I teach that every day, and it is very cool to see an odd looking swing that seemingly makes all the mistakes turn into something great at impact. As a teaching pro it serves as a reminder that what we all teach are preferences. Players like Rod continually show us that there are many ways to hit the ball and play the game, and it doesn’t have to be perfect or even conventional. However, since most people don’t come anywhere near the forward lean that Rod gets at impact you can be sure that it’s one item that has to be high up on the agenda. And if it seems that the other quirks are getting in the way of achieving that impact, then changes would be in order.
 

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2 Responses to Swing Analysis: CPC (PNC) Champion Rod Perry

  1. Clint July 11, 2013 at 8:57 am #

    I watched a Mike Bender video recently on youtube, and Bender was negating the use of the lower body in the downswing to create clubhead speed. He (Bender) said that he can hit a 7iron 160 yards using only his arms and hands, and that incorporating his lower body only adds an additional 10 yards (for a total of 170 yards with the 7iron). Rod Perry seems to be of the same mold, as a driving lower body is absent from his swing. Perry is obviously precise with his shots (you’d have to be to shoot 10 under). But, I wonder how far he hits it? If anyone happened to watch the CPC and got wind of any of his yardages on irons, or driving distance, I’d be very curious to know…I would also dissagree with Bender a bit. I’d say that a properly used lower body could add more than 10 yards to a 7iron, and A LOT MORE to a driver.

  2. Everett Farr III July 11, 2013 at 9:17 pm #

    Besides listening to Wayne talk about the course I had the chance to speak to someone else who played in the CPC/PNC (whatever they wanna call it). The place was a beast. So to play it 10 under Mr. Perry obviously was plenty long enough. I suspect he pops it quite well.

    What this video analysis shows me is what I have learned most from Wayne. A common denominator with all these great players swings is hip and shoulder position at impact and the hands not getting caught behind you.

    Rod Perry’s swing appearance reminds me of a few people swings I have played with over the years. One played in the CPC/PNC this year. The others have 25 handicaps.
    I learn so much by looking at these videos. Rod does have an amazing impact position. And his hands are amazing.

    I take my hat off to Rod Perry. I give ultimate credit where credit is due. Keep swinging ugly- its beautiful.

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