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In this Ryan Fox Golf Swing Sequence, GM Top 25 Coach Barney Puttick checks out the powerful New Zealander who has hit the World Top 100 this season
Ryan Fox Golf Swing Sequence
Three consecutive strong finishes from Fox in France, Ireland and Scotland have caught our eye this year, and this powerfully built Kiwi, whose father was an All Black, definitely sets up to the driver with positive intent!
He’s got a pretty strong grip and I like the way he hovers the driver at address. This can make the move away from the ball a little smoother - you need a little tension to create the hover, so don’t then have to factor that in as you raise the club to start your takeaway.
It’s a very wide takeaway too, very much like Tiger Woods in his heyday. It's also wide the other way, with the clubhead well outside his hands.
The big talking point is the top of the backswing position, but bear in mind that his spine angle is still exactly the same here as in pictures one and two. It’s not actually an overswing but rather a little idiosyncrasy where his left arm tends to bend, and there’s still a big gap between shaft and shoulder at this point.
Check out the difference between shoulder turn and hip turn too. It’s massive, which explains his power (he ranks 2nd only to Rory in the driving distance stats). The classic equation here would be 90˚ shoulders and 45˚ hips, but I’m guessing he’s under 45˚ with his hips while his shoulders have comfortably turned more than 100˚.
From here, there’s a parallel with John Daly as he drops the club down on the inside, getting it in the slot to really fire it down the line before pouring on the power at the bottom. I love his impact position too.
He really maintains the gap between his knees in picture four, while still clearing the hips superbly. There’s no question of a spin out here despite shifting the club at an impressive rate of knots. The next picture showing his left arm and the shaft in a straight line just after impact is terrific too.
He’s not just a long drive guy either. He’s well above 70% for greens in regulation too. These photos show there’s more than one way to swing a club if the key elements are where they need to be. Keep an eye out for Mr Fox – he has all the attributes required to win on tour.
Jeremy Ellwood has worked in the golf industry since 1993 and for Golf Monthly since 2002 when he started out as equipment editor. He is now a freelance journalist writing mainly for Golf Monthly across the whole spectrum from courses and Rules to equipment and even instruction despite his own somewhat iffy swing (he knows how to do it, but just can't do it himself). He also edits The Golf Club Secretary Newsletter, has authored or co-authored three books and written for a number of national papers including The Telegraph and The Independent. He is a senior panelist for Golf Monthly's Top 100 UK & Ireland Course Rankings and has played all of the Top 100 plus 89 of the Next 100. He has played well over 900 courses worldwide in 35 countries, but put him on a links course anywhere and he will be blissfully content. On his first trip to Abu Dhabi a decade ago he foolishly asked Paul Casey what sort of a record he had around the course there. "Well, I've won it twice if that's what you mean!" came the reply...
Jezz can be contacted via Twitter - @JezzEllwoodGolf
Jeremy is currently playing...
Driver: Ping G425 LST 10.5˚ (draw setting), Mitsubishi Tensei AV Orange 55 S shaft
3 wood: Ping G425 Max 15˚ (set to flat +1), Mitsubishi Tensei AV Orange 65 S shaft
Hybrid: Ping G425 17˚, Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro Orange 80 S shaft
Irons 3-PW: Ping i525, True Temper Dynamic Gold 105 R300 shafts
Wedges: Ping Glide 4.0 50˚ and 54˚, 12˚ bounce, True Temper Dynamic Gold 105 R300 shafts
Putter: Ping Fetch 2021 model, 33in shaft (set flat 2)
Ball: Varies but mostly now TaylorMade Tour Response
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