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Swing Analysis: Joaquin Niemann

By Wayne | Videos: Swing Analysis

This 19-year-old was the #1 amateur in the world before he turned pro last week at the Texas Open, where he finished 6th, shooting 12 under and birdieing the last 3 holes. I find his set up and backswing pretty standard for a Tour caliber player, but his swing really gets interesting in the downswing and into impact. He demonstrates a lot of what I like to teach, compressing hard into the ground by adding hip flexion in transition and radically flattening the shaft from P4 to P5. He keeps his right arm bent well past impact (I compare him to the great Byron Nelson) and produces and extreme amount of right side bend in the follow through. I guess 19-year-old bodies can handle this, and since he has gotten so good so quickly I wouldn’t expect him to change anything until something starts to hurt. Whatever the case, it will be fun to watch him as he tries to secure a Tour card without going through Q-School.

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