Here we take a look at the golf swing of Jim Furyk.

Most people focus on Jim’s very unusual backswing.  And for good reason–you could spot that gyrating motion from half a mile away.  Nobody on tour has a swing that even resembles Furyk’s.  I certainly wouldn’t suggest you set out to emulate his swing either.

Furyk Delivers

Nevertheless, he has won a major, a FedEx cup, $60M (and counting) in prize money, has the record low round of 58 on the PGA Tour, and is consistently one of the top-ranked golfers in the world.  So he must be doing something (or many things) right.  Have a look:

The Good in Furyk’s Swing

What can the Occasional Golfer learn from Jim’s swing?  Plenty!  Jim does several things extremely well, in order to compensate for his very unconventional backswing:

  • The first thing to notice is Jim’s exceptional balance throughout the swing.  And, if you think about it, he must have exceptional balance to swing like he does and not fall over!  Just try to swing like Jim and keep your balance, and see how it goes!
  • Jim’s finish is excellent, with belt buckle facing the target, just like it should be.  He looks like the PGA Tour logo guy with his finish!  Imagine that…
  • Who better than Jim to illustrate for us that you don’t hit the ball on the backswing?  It’s all about the downswing, the consistency, the release, and so on.  After watching Jim, you say, “obviously”.
  • Perhaps what I like most about Furyk’s game is that he understands very well that the game is about getting the ball in the hole with the fewest strokes.  It’s not about how long you hit, or how pretty your swing looks.  It’s about the number on the scorecard.

Your Inner Furyk

So, channel your inner Furyk on the course next time you play, and focus on getting the ball in the hole, not on how you look, whether your left arm is straight, and so on.  You might just shoot a lower number!

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