Swing Analysis: Nancy Lopez

By Wayne | Videos: Swing Analysis

Wow. This is one wild swing. Nancy won 48 LPGA Tour events and 3 majors while having three children, and is one of the best women golfers of the past 30 years. You certainly wouldn’t guess that if all you had to go on was the swing, which is one of the most idiosyncratic great player swings you will ever see. It just goes to show you that the greatest attribute any player can have is talent, as it is obvious that talent and a great touch around the greens can equal an exceptional career. There is always the question that if she possessed that kind of talent and won that much with a swing that seems as complex and difficult to manage as this one, could she have been one of the all- time greats with many more major wins had she tried to improve her technique? Or, on the flip side of that argument, would the attempt to alter what has to be viewed as a “natural” swing” have ruined her and relegated her to the status of also-ran? Always a question to spark a nice debate, but the fact remains that she was a dominant player in her day and certainly did it with little thought of swing technique.

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Liz Cortez November 21, 2013

Lorena Ochoa was also infamous for “across the line.” It’s definitely a game that is all about short game. It’s the difference between collecting dust and collecting trophies in the trophy case.

    Phil November 21, 2013

    so was/is larry nelson, nicklaus, fred couples, bobby jones, mickelson, greg norman, tom watson, john daly, davis love iii.kenny perry. feel free to add more..its only a fault if you are not good…

russ aragon November 22, 2013

WoW I have a student with that same take away, yikes what a time we have been having. That is just not a way everyone can swing the golf club. Needless to say we have been struggling to fix it, this will be a great video to show him.

Thanks WD


Clinton November 28, 2013

You’re right guys. Across the line is certainly not a death knell. At shaft parallel in the takeaway, the clubhead is probably 3 or 4 feet under (left of) the plane. That is nuts. This continues right through to the top of the swing. But the fact that she can more than make up for this in the first two feet of hand movement in the downswing (by the time her hands are shoulder high in the downswing, down the line view) is what’s so mindboggling. From that point to impact, the shaft is in a nice position. So to me, her transition is clearly why this swing works. Without the hands out move and the right elbow tuck leading the way in transition (both of which are Wayne-isms of course) she’d never accomplish the massive shaft flattening needed to offset the backswing flaws. Imagine if she steepened in transition, even slightly. She’d whiff.

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