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Swing Analysis: Ken Venturi

There aren’t very many available swing videos of Venturi, but the ones I present here are some of my all- time favorites, not surprising when you consider that his swing was about the closest to Hogan that you will find. The startling difference in the takeaways of the two iron swings shown here show a conscious swing change that I would love to ask Venturi about. The one swing, which I think is a younger Venturi, demonstrates a more on plane takeaway, while the later swing, and the one that it seems Venturi used to win the Open, employs a much deeper hand and arm movement in the backswing, which I compare to Matt Kuchar’s swing. No matter the takeaway preference, Venturi’s key move is the outward hand movement in transition coupled with the kickback of the shaft against the right index finger. The shaft shallows early in the downswing, followed by a constant steepening and leftward release, a hallmark of Hogan’s swing as well as many other great ball strikers.


0 Responses to Swing Analysis: Ken Venturi

  1. John Neeson April 10, 2015 at 11:32 pm #

    Just decided to watch this again. I thought I read in a book called ‘The Match’ that Nelson worked with KV for a while and advised him to take the club back straighter so it’s interesting that his later swings had this severe inside takeaway. Anyway I love the other swing. It is just wonderful, wonderful, wonderful.

  2. John Neeson May 8, 2015 at 2:49 am #

    I read that Venturi got injured in a car accident in 1961. And he didn’t win anything for three years after that. I wonder if it had anything to do with his swing change? I certainly preferred the ‘older’ version.

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