– Welcome back to sunny Naples, Florida. I’m Adam Bazalgette, two-time PGA Teacher of the
Year award winner down here. And today’s subject:
Lydia Ko’s golf swing. She’s a phenom, let’s have
a look at it. Stay tuned. (dramatic electronic music) Well Lydia Ko’s golf swing, listen this girl’s done some things in professional golf I’m not
sure anybody’s ever done. So it’s pretty interesting to look at. I feel like I can offer
some insights in this because David Leadbetter, as
you may know from my videos, long time friend and associate, and I’ve had some chances
in the last couple of years to discuss his A-swing at length with him, and that’s largely what they’re using. So we can get into his A-swing, we can look at what she’s doing, hopefully you’ll find this interesting. I’m going to come back
at the end of the video and show you some things I think you can apply to your game there. If you like this video,
subscribe to the channel, would love to get you
more of this free content. Let’s check it out. So there she is hitting a
middle line, it looks like. Down the line view, and the hallmarks of this A-swing, or Lydia’s swing,
certainly at the beginning are you’ll see the pivot of the body, the way the body’s moving
influences the club. The club is very, if you
like, very much out in front of the hands, or very slow
to respond to the pivot. And it keeps it in a good balance. And you’ll see that club head never gets back here behind the hands. And really throughout the swing, the club is always in
response to the pivot. Now let me give you a
couple of thoughts here, as I’ve talked to David about
the way this A-swing works, and just some of the basic
foundational concepts of how he arrived at it. Then we’ll keep moving forward with Lydia. So when I’ve talked to David
Leadbetter about this A-swing, the two things that he
says are foundational: Number one, the backswing’s
generally too complicated, he’s just seen so many
people over the years take 20 years trying
to fix their backswing. Still all haven’t come to grips with it. So he’s trying to make it simpler. And number two, trying to get a blend, some sort of harmony between some people prefer an upright
back-swing, some a flat, is it in-between or whatnot. So here’s the two ways he solves that. Number one, in terms of simplicity, so that you’re not working on it forever, your left arm for the right-handed golfer is not out at right angles to your trunk, it’s down underneath your
trunk, pretty close to you here. So as you engage your
pivot, it would be natural, it appears to be more across
your body and close to you. That’s the least complicated, versus say extending it away from you. Number two in that regard, the most instinctive and simple wrist cock is directly up and down, and
that’s natural for a person. This less so. So he believes if you
keep this relationship of left arm and body, and you
add some wrist cock as you go, more in that plane though, that is the simplest
and easiest to repeat. And once you start gapping and changing the way your wrist works,
you’re adding things in that are pretty hard to sort out. And in terms of the flat, upright debate, he likes to think it’s both. So the left arm, because of
it’s relationship to the body is in a flat position, but the club shaft itself is
in a more upright position. Worst combination, I think, is
arms out there and club flat. So it’s simple, everything is
in it’s most natural angles, and it has a really good
blend of inward flat that gives you power, but also upright balance to the golf club. So let’s watch her go through those moves. And you can see as she starts her pivot, you can see how that core of the body is winding in this fashion
as we mentioned there. Beautiful strong move, very dynamic look. And if we go back to this view, again you’ll see how the left arm gets pulled in across the torso there and yet the golf club, the balance of it, never gets behind her hands and is almost vertical at that point. And the expectation
being, if you can get back where the club responds
to the body that much, and the club is that vertical, and if you like imbalance, as the club responds to
the body on the way down, and she does a fantastic job
separating her hip motion from the rest of her motion. Look how her hips independently,
or largely independently, move from the top segment of her trunk. Her shoulders are noticeably closed and her hips are noticeably
open at that point. Takes a bit of physical talent,
but it’s a great way to play and if you can use that lower body well, from that A-swing backswing, that club is gonna tend to
drop in there behind you. Just look at the angle of that, fairly late in the
backswing we’ll call it, and just look how the
club passively responds and drops behind her coming down. And with the club in that slot, with the club dropping behind her, she has a green light to
really turn into the ball. There’s no way she’s
gonna come over the top with the club dropping her like that. And of course she just does a great job and hits down on it beautifully. Looks like she’s hitting kind of a knockdown hold-off shot there. And here’s that front view again, and we’ll see some of the things she does. She does a lot of
conventional things as well, not that the A-swing’s
that unconventional. You’ll see her hat there
against the Kia logo, very common for great players, they pivot to push into
the ground a little bit. And you can see she’s slightly lowered from the top of that black Kia sign. But the edge of her hat is
right against that logo, so it’s pretty steady throughout. And like all good players, you will notice that the golf club, if you mark it in space midway back is closer to her body with
more wrist cock coming down. That’s the result of that
great lower body motion and passive arms. There’s absolutely no premature thrusting at the ball with that golf club. Great balance there, just
a beautiful solid line between the left arm and
the shaft as she hits it. And pretty much just makes it look easy there as she does it. And you’ll see this is a
little, it’s more than a pitch, but it’s certainly not a full shot, looks like about a 50-,
60-yard sand wedge. And you’ll see the same
pattern here even in that, as the left arm in across her body, the shaft pretty vertical, and the club totally responsive
to the hips coming down. Just drops in the slot. Right in there for a great
impact and through she goes. So this is great motion, this
is motion to a large extent you could learn from and
copy from a little bit. Let’s have a look at
how you might do that. So pretty impressive to watch there, obviously it’s working
super well for Lydia. And let me just say again,
I know David very well. He is a bright guy, he puts
a lot of thought into this. It’s not just some random scheme to try and create something new. He’s worked with biomechanists
and whatnot on this. And this is a very viable method, and it’s a pretty simple
method if you’ll practice it. So let me see if I can
give you a little help as to how you can get started and how you can make some progress. First off, the pivot
David strongly believes, and I 100% agree, is more of this kind of movement in your abs and your body.
It’s not so much a turn. He likes this drill where you
put your hands at your side, this would be just the
first foot of the takeaway, and use your abs to pull one
hand up and the other down. I feel that from here. That’s the kind of movement. I like the image of you starting
a lawnmower crank like that and pulling the chain of a
lawnmower using your abs. How would that feel? That’s more of what we’re looking for. And as we said early,
all we’re trying to do is maintain that left arm relationship. So initially, just practice that, pulling the lawnmower, feeling
that left arm nice and close. Gotta be coming from here, really not that difficult to do. Where it gets tricky for
most people in my experience is trying to get the club more up. In other words, not whip that in as they activate their wrists, but get the club up without gaping and getting their arms up. That’s the most people is
initially is a little more tricky. So here’s how I recommend
you go about that. We’ll put a ball on a low tee. We’ll start with practice swings and then some very soft
moderate sized shots. This is what I found works. Once you’ve mastered this a little bit and you’re feeling the
left-arm body movement, just preset your wrists, pause
for at least a second or two, and then make your backswing. Now I’ll grant you, the
club will be hanging a little excessively
in front of you there. That’s okay, you’re trying to
get the feel for something. It’s not very complicated to do, you get the wrist out of the way, you crank it and feel that position. Just kind of get yourself
accustomed to it. After a little while, crank it back and swing through like that. Once you’ve had a few minutes at it, go ahead and tee up a golf ball. Little baby 7-iron. Hinge, pause, crank. Pop it out there like that. I could feel the club re-routing a little bit as I came down. As I always say in these videos, don’t make solid contact the
priority at the beginning. Let your mind relax, get outside your head and feel some new things
there a little bit. And I promise you I’ve been around some pretty bright people with the brain. You might find the first
15, 20 minutes of this, woo, this is a little bit of struggle, or it’s a little bit new.
Hang in there with it. There’s that little magic line you cross after a couple hundred reps where all of a sudden
it’s anything but natural, but it isn’t that difficult. You’ve just go to break
through that barrier. And then of course you
gotta work it a little bit until you trust it. Small swings and then big swings. Intermediate drill by the way, once you’ve hit some with
the wrists fully cocked, hit some with just the
partial wrist cocked, and do the rest of the
wrist cock in the backswing. It’s not a difficult backswing to make, and it can be very, very effective. Well I hope you found that interesting, I hope it gives you some
appreciation for the A-swing, how it works a bit, and
of course the great talent and the great way she uses it. is my website, we’ve got full courses in
every aspect of the game, if you’re interested. And of course I hope you’ll
subscribe to this channel and take advantage of all
the free content we put out. And hopefully a lot more coming your way. I appreciate your attention,
hope you found this helpful. (computer mouse clicking)


  1. Sayjin Tyler says:

    cool video

  2. Canal Humo says:

    super like

  3. Tony Rock says:

    What an absolutely great break down of Lydia Ko's swing and the swing analysis.  Amateur male golfers usually don't look at the swings of the women players to copy them, but in her case, they should.  Best tempo and effortless swing with supreme accuracy.   Thanks for taking the time to explain this, I appreciated it.  Keep up the good work.

  4. John Hue says:

    I prefer the old Lydia Ko swing which looked natural and worked well. This new contrived A swing just does not look right. The old swing got her on to tour and I think she might have the talent to make this manufactured A swing work but she would have been far better served sticking with what she had,

  5. Brandon Allen says:

    Love seeing a swing analysis and then tips on how to get started. These are some great videos. Please keep them coming

  6. crosswire7777 says:

    Thank you very much for the analysis! I have the book and this analysis is a great perspective on Davids swing. Subscribed!

  7. Timothy Titus says:

    your explanation is much simpler than led betters

  8. Brian Ravn says:

    A swing

  9. pd9971 says:

    I've been using a version of the "A" swing for nearly 20 years and every time I try to go away from it and try something else it turns out to be a complete disaster! Once you get the moves down it's the best golf swing technique you can use to better your game!

  10. Mike Rodrick says:

    Adam, during the backswing, are the hands inside the clubhead until the top of the swing? Thanks.

  11. martinhd288 says:

    Your video is the best on youtube so far on A swing backswing, I think senior golfers should give it a try because it is much shorter backswing and only one way get to the top, I am 66 and only been playing golf 4 years ,I feel much confidence with the A swing. Thanks for the video .

  12. Hung Phan says:

    fantastic swing and easy to learn and hit the ball solid!

  13. pedro marcos says:


  14. Hoàn Vũ says:

    LH 0983922654.Cung cấp đĩa dạy golf tiếng việt, đĩa chơi golf tiếng việt, đĩa golf tiếng việt, đĩa dạy chơi golf tiếng việt, đĩa hướng dẫn chơi golftiếng việt của david leadbetter, tiger wood,pure point golf tiếng việt

  15. Simon Baum says:

    Thanks Adam!  All your work is "top shelf"!.  But this 10 minutes is probably your best ever!I'm early 40's and starting to dedicate some effort into Golf again, and this video has assisted in "ironing-out" my iron play!  Which carries over to the short game, and the long game!  Well done, you are a STAR!  Thanks again, from The Sands, Torquay, Australia – Simon and son Teo.

  16. Simon Baum says:

    Hi again Adam.  Wow, this video has really helped me out!  It has lead me down the path of watching a few more videos on the A Swing.  I have only recently dedicated some effort to becoming a student of the game.  About 2 months ago, I bought a Calloway Complete Set, X Series (N415's – sort of entry level for Calloway, but a quality set).  Plus a Phil Mickelson Grind 60/10 Wedge…  I've had so much fun mastering the Wedge, and my short game, and watching Phil's Short Game (and videos)… And I have quickly become pretty good in the short game, because there was less time for me to stuff up my back swing!…  My swing was OK… But now the A-Swing has really put me into the slot… I love the part in this video when you say, "and that gives her a Green Light… to really hit the ball"… Words to that effect… I haven't even had any golf lessons ever!  But your teaching has been excellent… Just slowly working on 1 or 2 little things… After a while, I have worked on 30 things from you… But you lead me down the path of the A-Swing, and that was MY "Green Light" moment!  I can finally unleash some real power on the ball!  Thank-you Adam!… 2 things on my Golf Bucket List, 1 – Play Pebble Beach, and 2 – get a lesson from you, and meet you.  Your passion for golf comes out in your videos, well done! … I live on the Ladies Tee at Hole 18, The Sands, Torquay, Australia… Which is close to the club house, and the practice facilities!

  17. Shelly Bee says:

    I bought into the A swing theory and bought the book….We golf nuts will fall for anything!!! Been playing golf for nearly thirty years to a low single figure handicap. Tried his A swing out but only find it to hard to make the wholesale changes one has to make specifically in the backswing. One has to spend hours on the range and thousands of swings to make the changes natural which is not practical especially for time poor amatuers!! In my opinion ultimately Leadbetter has destroyed Lydia. She had the perfect swing before David Leadbetter got hold of her so why fix what ain't broke is the question I ask?? There is a old Texan saying "Dance with the one that brung ya" and I believe that finally she has been left stranded at the ball!!. Please read Kelvin Miyahira's article link attached on saving Lydia ko written earlier this month, he is a highly respected coach and technical buff on the game.

  18. iDontHateYouYouJustSuck says:

    Enjoyable 😀 epic!

  19. tets says:

    deserves more likes and nice Work

  20. TRap Stars says:

    well entertaining 😛 good vid…………

  21. Tri-Dat Bill says:

    i need to practice my swing

  22. Red One says:

    wow ! top vid

  23. Simmer Studios says:

    Cool video! Amazing quality! I love it! <3

  24. Die Hard Raider Fan says:

    If you want to hit a lot of straight shots this swing is perfect but at the beginning you lose 1 1/2 to 2 club length in distance. But the more you keep practicing with it it will come back to just a 1/2 a club length.

  25. Ricardo Valle says:

    that's cool and effective technique.

  26. Steven says:

    another version of over the top swingmalaska golf reinvented

  27. Clive Mitchell says:

    Great tips, but don't like the false American accent !!

  28. Paul Young says:

    Thanks for the video. bought the book. but it's nice to have videos to learn from. can you do a video on using the A swing with a driver? thanks very helpful

  29. tom uitime says:

    do u use the A swing when using your driver as well & your woods??

  30. DocDLH says:

    I've tried David's A Swing and much of it is quite useful but I've found that a slight hybrid of that swing works really well .. by letting the club path be slightly less steep on the backswing, I have been able to swing more "on plane." To allow the club to shallow the wrists have to be almost too supple for me and I've found that a late on plane wrist cock that then steepens the club shaft allows me to feel the club dropping into the slot. Both work but it's more consistent with the latter than the former. Keeping the club in front and steep tends to induce weight moving forward even though that is something that David does NOT want to happen.

  31. jason day says:

    Why do I hit my a swing irons thin?

  32. Randsurfer says:

    Once again Leadbetter destroys a pure golf prodigy.

  33. Ivan How says:


  34. Randall Riley says:

    Just learning the A swing, only been at it a couple weeks, but already contact is "crisper" with my irons, usually straighter ball flight, and, as a bonus, I've gained nearly 10 yards distance on all my clubs 🙂 Can't wait to see what happens when I really get the hang of it 🙂 For reference I've been playing for probably 10 years and am a 12 handicap, so not terrible, but loads of room for improvement.

  35. Paul Bordelon says:

    Looks similar to Nick Price.

  36. Maximumbatspeed says:

    As a hitting coach and into the science of hitting mechanics, I applied this technique to my golf swing and my ball striking improved dramatically. Staying connected in the back swing was very helpful along with keeping the club outside the hands. Great video.

  37. paul woolnough says:

    Hi Adam
    I recently started swinging my clubs like this, sort of copying Ryan Moore`s swing.
    Then after googling i came across David Leadbetters A Swing.
    Its the only way i can swing on plane and a very strange thing happens my hips bump and i actually rotate moving my weight forward ( something i struggle with) it just naturally happens for me.
    A lot of people dislike Leadbetter saying its a gimmick on other you tube comments.
    But honestly Adam for the first time in two years since i took up this great sport i can hit the ball consistently well.
    one mans food is another mans poison i know, but this just works for me taking the club up steep then i can feel it shallow, rotate hard then pow.
    just my tupence worth . Paul

  38. B2B Bogey says:

    This makes sense…

  39. norris pg says:

    Lydia developed a two-way miss as a result of her hands moving out in the downswing (as your video shows)…if Lead had taught her (like he did many players back in '80s and early '90s) to shallow the clubhead ONTO the inclined shaft plane instead of creating a "look" of the club shallowing relative to the backswing (which doesn't mean squat) then she would probably still be with him today…you guys were all good teachers back then which makes one wonder what was wrong with what you were doing

  40. Groove Your Tempo & Timing says:

    Great tip !! Check my page Groove your T & T (tempo & Timing) a la LYDIA Ko! Just follow the Beat.

  41. Scratch Golf Academy says:

    ⛳ Grab your "Solid Strike Formula" course here:

  42. TC Johnson says:

    Leadbetter pure shit swing. Should be banned from golf for messing up her swing to start with. Marched straight on the tour, beat everyone, went straight to # 1 with nobody coming. Was ZERO reason to mess with her swing. Look at her now, got a pair of top tens in two years. You took the best female player in the world your swing turned her average at best. Leadbetter, the dingleberry of pro golf. Can't do so teach. Can't teach either.

  43. Dan Martin says:

    Excellent video and breakdown. I just wish I was as smart as some of the people who have Blessed us with their negative opinions that were stated like they are absolute facts. There are many ways to strike the ball and not every technique will work with everybody who plays……and that…is a fact! Thanks for showing us an option that may or not work for all who try it.

  44. Robert Johansson says:

    Leadbetter curse is real and why she left him.
    loosing a us open meant the last straw

  45. Randy Velder says:

    Try the single plane dont be a cookie cutter want to look like all the pros you dont have the time Moes swing will save your back and score

  46. Andrew Roberts says:

    Adam, I really appreciate your perspective on the A swing. I see some vitriolic comments and how you have engaged with some very bitter people and all credit to you. DL is a great coach, like yourself, and whilst I am entirely new to the A swing (I'm a one plane swinger now, 1.1 hcp) Im more than willing to give it a try and am discussing with my coach now. Thanks for your brilliant presentation, one day I'd love to visit with you. All best

  47. Nqobi maseko says:

    Great swing!

  48. Ardrasis says:

    Great explanation. Thank you

  49. Kastlemerock Talk says:

    The skinny blond thing is not working for Lydia. She looks weak and terrible to be honest. I want to give her a sandwich every time I see her.

  50. Guy Picard says:

    Closed stance + stronger grip. Are you not scared of hooking it?

  51. Parker Smith says:

    Played a round with my friends who always outdrive me. Got a little frustrated and remembered this move. Did some practice swings and then stepped up to the tee and SMOKED what was probably the longest drive of my career, 50 yards past my buddies. I had aimed over the cart path about 150 yards away and literally split the path as the ball flew. Wowza. As a long time "arms swinger" this pivot action felt totally weird, I wondered how I could even hit the ball swinging this way, but when I saw the results…as they say, the proof is in the pudding. I am switching to the A Swing. Great job, Adam! You really clarified some aspects of this for me.

  52. JLC JLC says:

    Tried the “lawnmower pull” at the range today. I felt very centered when I did it on my backswing. It felt like cheating. Lol. Question though you do the move in both directions when you demo it. I was not able to translate it to the downswing. One thing I notice with Lydia Ko and most great players is that lead arm is flat against their chest a long way into the downswing. How do I do that part of the move? And does the lawnmower pull apply there? Thank you.

  53. Eddie sixsix says:

    I've been playing 25 years, got down to 5hcp, but never really hit the ball well. Always been a hands out, roll the clubhead inside and catch the ball thin type of golfer. This A swing has changed my life, literally. In 25 years I've probably only hit a handful of shots pure, out of the sweetspot, with this swing I hit 7 pured irons in one round !!!
    I have no affiliation with Leadbetter but if I met him I'd kiss him !!

  54. Jason Troutman says:

    The “A”swing seems very logical my only question is about the wrist hinge on the way back it seems to cup your left wrist at the top of the backswing. Is that fine when using this method to steepen your backswing? When do you flatten the left wrist?

  55. Jason Troutman says:

    Ive been practicing the A swing on the range the last 2 days. Ordered the book yesterday!Played first tournament yesterday and overall was very happy with ball striking aside from 2 blocked drives. Hopefully the book has something on blocks. It definitely does make the backswing easier and more compact without sacrificing any power. I’ve engrained my swing for the last 36 years and changes are difficult. Are you an A swing teacher if I need an online lesson?

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *