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In his Rickie Fowler Golf Swing Analysis, GM Top 25 Coach Barney Puttick offers an interesting insight into the significant improvements that have made Rickie a major champion in waiting
Last season we watched Rickie Fowler make the move from up and coming player, into a major contender. I feel the work he has done with Butch Harmon has ironed out the quirks and from my Rickie Fowler golf swing analysis I can clearly see where his improved consistency has come from.
Previously Rickie had to rely greatly on timing and his exceptional hand eye coordination, the movement now however is easier to repeat under pressure, whilst still retaining his Cavalier style of golf which is so exciting to watch.
In the address he is slightly taller than before, and the first move into the backswing is now very orthodox, with the club spot on plane. He had a noticeable drag of the club to the inside and then would require a compensating move to get back on the correct swing path. By simplifying the move, he should be on plane more consistently.
Rickie is clearly a very supple man, and I love this coiled position at the top of his backswing with the shoulders fully turned. As he begins the journey back to the ball we see the other big change as the club is now more on plane here too. Previously the club could on occasions get stuck behind him on the way down which lead to a few blocked and hooked shots.
Now he looks to fade the ball which helps to widen the through swing, and is giving his shots less shape, as the club is working for longer on the target line through impact.
At five foot 9 inches and under 11 stone, Rickie Fowler is proof that you don’t have to be huge to hit the ball a long way and with his driver he regularly generates 115 mph swing speed. Blessed with a terrific temperament for golf and a stylish persona, Rickie Fowler is a breath of fresh air for golf and I would look for him to convert those near misses in the majors into wins sooner rather than later.
In his current role, Neil is responsible for testing drivers and golf balls. Having been a part of the Golf Monthly team for over 15 years and playing off a handicap of 3, he has the experience to compare performance between models, brands and generations. For 2022 he thinks the main trend in drivers is: "In a word, consistency. Whilst all the brands are talking about ball speed (and the new drivers are certainly long), my biggest finding has been how much more consistent the ball flights are. Mishits don't seem to be causing the same level of drop-off or increase in the spin numbers. This means that more shots seem to be flying the way you want them to!" As far as golf balls are concerned the biggest development is in the, "three piece, non-Tour, urethane-covered section. For regular golfers, these models offer superb performance at both ends of the bag without denting your wallet quite as much as the premium Tour-played options."
Originally working with the best coaches in the UK to produce instruction content, he is now the brand's Digital Editor and covers everything from Tour player interviews to gear reviews. In his time at Golf Monthly, he has covered equipment launches that date back well over a decade. He clearly remembers the launch of the Callaway and Nike square drivers as well as the white TaylorMade driver families, such as the RocketBallz! If you take a look at the Golf Monthly YouTube channel, you'll see his equipment videos dating back over a decade! He has also conducted 'What's In The Bag' interviews with many of the game's best players like Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson and Jon Rahm. Over the years, Neil has tested a vast array of products in each category and at drastically different price-points.
Neil is currently playing: Driver: TaylorMade Stealth Plus Fairway Wood: Titleist TSi2 Hybrid: Titleist TS3 Irons (4-9): Mizuno JPX 919 Forged Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 46˚, 50˚, 54˚, 60˚ Putter: Odyssey Triple Track Ten Ball: Titleist Pro V1X
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