I spent part of my winter season studying Tour pro swing videos, and spent quite a bit of time analyzing Steve Stricker’s golf swing. He is the perfect Tour pro model for average golfers to emulate. And no, I am not talking about his much discussed restricted wrist cock action. Most of my average students already fail to cock their wrists enough in order to create sufficient clubhead speed to hit the ball a reasonable distance. So that is the one thing about his swing that you should NOT copy. What is worth copying is how he links his arm swing to his body pivot motion. He keeps his arms in front of his chest at all times, and uses only a very tiny in to out looping motion of the club on Transition, caused entirely by his right spine tilt, ie he doesn’t use his upper arm muscles or wrist muscles to flatten the shaft during Transition, like most tour pros do. I have found that most of my students cannot master that big looping action, but the tiny Stricker version of looping is much more natural and easy to do.
The other thing I like is the consistency of his Tempo, and the smooth, gradual rate of acceleration of his pivot on the forward swing. He lacks the violent “whipcracking” Pivot Thrust of most of his fellow tour pros. He looks more like an LPGA player in this regard, much like Anika Sorenstam, with the hips, Core and Shoulder Girdle all moving at the same RPM speed during the forward swing. This is a much easier to learn and to master move than the “kinetic chain” Pivot Thrust that all of the really big hitters on Tour employ. The Stricker method requires much less timing and so is a very accurate way to play, especially with the driver.