Swing Analysis: Patrick Reed

By Wayne | Videos: Swing Analysis

This is a hugely interesting swing to say the least. Reed is playing some awesome golf and has proclaimed himself a “top 5 player” in the world. I would suggest that he wait until he is actually ranked in the top 5, but you can’t fault him for a lack of confidence. He is certainly not intimidated by any circumstance, at least so far (will be fun to watch him in the majors), which was evidenced when he wore black and red on Sunday and warmed up right beside Tiger.
 
Reed’s action is anything but classic with his feet moving all over the place on his harder swings and his release action entirely counter to the modern notion of “quiet hands, body release”. It is fascinating to watch his right wrist and forearm bend outward to the extreme as he turns the clubface over after impact, but it is apparent that through the impact area the face is stable and that the closing of the face is timed almost perfectly. Of course, if it weren’t we wouldn’t be analyzing his swing. Reed’s set up and backswing are entirely conventional, and you couldn’t go wrong using either as a model. His hands work more downward in transition than out as his right arm stays a bit back and doesn’t noticeably drive in front of him, but he is saved from getting his arm stuck behind him by the extreme depth of his hips, which is accentuated through impact when he completely removes his left foot from its original position and allows it to wheel around to the left to facilitate the clearing he needs. I compare this footwork with Johnny Miller, and could just as easily put Bubba Watson up there as well. Just goes to show you what kinds of things are allowable when the talent level is high.
 

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Benjamin March 14, 2014

Haha you gotta love this boys guts and his mettle to say what he did at the end of round 3 at the WGC with the calibre of people hunting him down.

To then actually go and close it out like that was impressive.

80-1 for the masters …. Worth an E/W bet :-)

Wayne, I’ll take him for the win if your doing your free 1 year subscription game again :-)

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Clinton March 15, 2014

Despite the left foot pulling way off the line on the hard swings, his head backs up (down the line view) only a relatively small amount. Even cooler is that WHILE the left foot is retreating frm the original footline, his head is at its steadiest, not pulling off the line at all, and even dipping very slightly toward the ball (down the line view). Looks like his lower back is geting a good workout, as a result. Rooting hard for him to keep winning. Great to see young guns winning, instead of just having high finishes.

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Clinton March 15, 2014

Also, haven’t heard tv folks mention it yet, but reed, russell henley, and harris english were all teammates at Georgia in 2008-2009. Reed transferred to Augusta State. But still, talk about talent coming out of the Bulldog program….7 tour wins from those 3 guys in the last 15 months. Crazy (and i’m a Gator).

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Jeff March 15, 2014

Like this guy’s confidence, gotta have it if you’re gonna win and win often. That release motion under major pressure will be interesting to watch.

On another note, looks like Dufner’s release rehearsal has changed. Would be interested to see if his head is still backing up as much or if he is now approaching nearer the original shaft plane.

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