Swing Analysis: Keegan Bradley Part 2

By Wayne | Videos: Swing Analysis

After a fast start to his career on the PGA Tour (winning the first major he ever played in, winning Rookie of the Year, making the Ryder Cup team and President’s Cup team, finishing in the top 30 money winners 4 straight years) Keegan Bradley’s performance has suffered over the last two. In 2015 he had 3 top 10’s and finished 64th on the money list, and in 2016 he had two top 10’s in 26 events and finished 114th on the money list, not what you would expect from what had been a rising star. The start of the 2017 season, however, has seen a nice return to form, with 2 top 10’s and 4 top 25’s in the first 4 events. In this video, I look at Bradley’s swing at the CIMB Classic in Malaysia, and I compare it to a swing taken from early 2014. It appears that he has tightened up his swing considerably, moving his left arm more across his chest so that it gets to the top in a more horizontal position than the swing you see from 2014, which is obviously more out away from him and upright. I have always liked his swing despite the exaggerated address position, and I think that this recent change will be to his advantage moving forward. He is a talented player and I would expect him to return to the top 20 by the end of the year.

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Tom December 28, 2016

Bradley is one of the players whose performance was really affected by the ban on anchored putting.

His putting was usually at least Tour average until 2015, when it slipped badly, probably because he was practicing unanchored putting in anticipation of the ban that went into effect for the 2016 season.

Then, his putting was atrocious in 2016 — 183rd on the Tour in strokes gained-putting.

He has improved to 116th in strokes gained-putting in the small sample size of the 2017 season. But his ascendance back to a top-20 player is likely dependent upon him becoming at least close to a Tour-average putter again.

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