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Swing Analysis: Lydia Ko, LPGA

Lydia was the top rated women’s amateur for 2 ½ years, from the age of 14 to 16. She turned pro and after playing in only 23 events she was ranked 5th in the world. She moved to number 1 when she was only 17, and has been there ever since, finishing 1st, 1st, and 2nd in the last 3 women’s majors. Here we look at the massive swing changes she has undergone in the past year, from a conventional “on-plane” backswing to one that subscribes to David Leadbetter’s “A-Swing”, wherein the arms and hands pull the club inward in the takeaway, then get it almost vertical at left arm parallel and well across the line at the top. It certainly doesn’t seem to make any sense to rework a swing like this, but you can’t argue with results (there has been no drop off in her success and in fact she seems to just get better all the time), and I would have to surmise that, like Tiger Woods, she is one of the few golfers on the planet for whom swing technique doesn’t really matter. She is so good that she could win with just about anything. That said, her new swing has much better pivot movement as she loads her right hip much deeper in the backswing and moves less out from under herself than before. She has never really experienced any sort of slump, so it will be interesting to see how she does going forward.

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2 Responses to Swing Analysis: Lydia Ko, LPGA

  1. Alexander June 28, 2016 at 11:30 am #

    Lydia is one my favorite golfers (male or female). The way she dissects a golf course is something special to watch (hitting it on a rope almost every shot sure does help). It also helps when you putt it as well as she does. Excited to watch her game continue evolve over the next few years.

  2. John July 10, 2016 at 1:44 am #

    Hard to imagine Nicklaus, Hogan or Jones thinking – I am now number one in the world – why don’t I totally rebuild my swing? Aesthetically I preferred the ‘look’ of her old action and the new one looks contrived, even though she may be doing one or two things better. Seeing the old swing, I am encouraged that you can hip-slide off the planet on the backswing and still win Majors. I spent years trying to correct a move which was only half as bad as hers…and all it did was mess with my head.

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