Swing Analysis: John Cook

By Wayne | Videos: Swing Analysis

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(9) comments

randal white February 7, 2014

Nice job. Would you consider taking a look at Kenny Perry?

Benjamin February 8, 2014

Hey Wayne.

Old school swing for sure this. Reminds me of the swing analysis you did on Don Trahan with the PPGS.

All the same positions, 3/4 swing, vertical, across the line, hands coming in higher and head backing up.

Maybe this was the way the old boys use to swing back in the day as I suppose it’s a bit Jack N esc also.

Maybe it’s the future too !!!

Steve February 8, 2014

John’s is among the more conventional looking swings on the Champions’ Tour but interestingly an analysis of this identifies “flaws” that were they to appear in the swings of most of us less talented players would seriously compromise the effort. John of course does just fine with a swing that most viewers would consider a model that certainly would not incorporate any aspect amenable to attention.

There are swings on this tour however that upon viewing make you wonder what is going on and what is making these swings effective. Perry’s is one, and another one I hope will be reviewed is that of Rocco Mediate. I would wonder to what degree, if any, this quintessential Ballard swing applies your preferences. I would suspect much of this swing does not. It is obviously effective however and it would be interesting to see what makes it work.

Clinton February 8, 2014

The fact that Cook compresses the ball WITHOUT the benefit of shaft lean tells me that shaft lean is NOT essential to compression. What probably is essential is a) hitting the ball in the sweet spot, and b) making the clubhead travel either downward or at worst horizontally at the moment of impact. Shaft lean obviously helps greatly in achieving these two things, which is why ALMOST every tour caliber player utilizes it. However, Cook must be achieving these things via some other mechanism(s). He’s way above the plane at impact, as Wayne pointed out. Perhaps this steeper clubhead approach makes up for the missing shaft lean.

Philip Palmer February 8, 2014

Nice Wanyey D., alot to be said for repetitive practise and timing.

asher ingber February 9, 2014

Stick to Trackman I have found flightscope to way off

Tony February 10, 2014

I love the way you take a true scientific approach to golf analysis Mr D. You keep searching for information and are always prepared to observe and comment upon “what is there”, rather than either ignore or fudge information to suit a pet theory.

Christian February 11, 2014

It kinda bums me out when it appears talent and individual nuances in technique appear to define great vs. good players. Just venting :-).

Christian February 13, 2014

Thanks…I needed that…as I make practice swings in the basement while it’s 10 degrees outside. Gotta get to Florida for a week and hit some balls :-).

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