Swing Analysis: Rickie Fowler’s “Minor Changes”

By Wayne | Videos: Swing Analysis

Ricky Fowler has decided that if he is to be a great player he can’t do it on his own and he can’t do it with the swing he grew up with, and that he needs the help of Butch Harmon to enable him to achieve his goals. Ricky brought the new swing to Torrey Pines and we have a nice shot of a 4 iron to compare with Fowler’s 2010 swing.

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Clinton February 13, 2014

Fowler’s words of downplaying the swing changes sound like a strategy to handle the media. Openly pronouncing that he’s making some big changes would open him up to even greater scrutiny. Every missed cut or lackluster result would be followed by questions from the Golf Channel and other media outlets asking why in the world he is changing his swing in the first place. Just look at how Tiger’s swing changes have been “received” by the media before Tiger had completely grooved them. With Ricky, the media as usual would imply that golf is a feel game, not a technical one, and that trust is more important than mechanics. So at least for awhile, Fowler’s downplaying of the scale of the swing changes buys a buffer zone from the media until the changes “kick in” and produce some good results.

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Justin February 13, 2014

why is the shaft steepening now? Im sure his pivot action is the same and he has always dropped his hands

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Lawrence February 15, 2014

Great video. When I first saw Fowlers swing 3 years ago and the way he played I thought a lot of Wadkins and some of the great hand players. These technical gurus will mess with natural ability because the players want the edge not knowing they already have the Golf Gods edge. You know this guy just plays and knows how to get the ball from point A into the cup with course strategy. I agree with you Wayne. I have been to technical the past few years myself and this may not bode well. I wish anyone out their grinding the best and I think Fowler is wise enough to know before he goes down a blind alley to stick to the lady that accompanied him to the dance. Tweak some OK, but what I just saw was major. Glad the hair is cut. Now lose the disco clothes.

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russ aragon February 23, 2014

Nice WD! It looks like his post up on his right leg has gotten better, Ricky is bombing it in the match play this week in the final 4, let’s se how it turns out.

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