Once again we find two players battling for a win, both playing excellent golf, while the differences in their respective techniques are immense. It is constantly amazing to me how many variations are allowable when it comes to hitting a golf ball, and that includes all aspects of the game, as every “stroke” is a hit of some sort.
It was interesting to watch Colsaerts bomb it past Grace by 30-40 yards, especially since they weigh the same (in fact Colsaerts is listed as 165 pounds while Grace weighs in at 171) while Colsaerts stands 6’1” to Grace’s 5’10”. Grace certainly didn’t look like he was pop corning the ball out there, but he wasn’t really close to hitting it up with Colsaerts. He did, however, win the tournament handily, while looking annoyed at just about every shot he hit.
If I were to pick a couple of notable items in the swings of each player I would say that with Colsaerts it would be how far he stands from the ball and how “out” (sidearm) his hands move in transition. I really like his swing, and while he hasn’t had all that much success I would expect him to do well in the future. As for Grace, two fairly unique things about his game are his weak grip and the incredibly open clubface he sports in his backswing and at the top. He has three wins already this season, along with two missed cuts and no other finish better than 14th. Pretty hard to figure, but just think about how many guys (good players) play for years and never win. I suppose if you were going to have a knack for anything you would want it to be winning.