– Hi, Adam Bazalgette back
here, in Naples, Florida. I’m two-time PGA Teacher
of The Year Award winner here in Florida, and today’s subject, kind of
an interesting golf swing, great player for sure, Zach Johnson. So let’s check that out. (exciting music) So Zach Johnson, terrific player, won the British Open last year, won at Augusta a few years back. Kind of an individual style there with his grip and his move, but we’ll have a look at that and we’ll come back at the end of it, and I’ll tell you what are the things I think you can take away from it, what are the ways you might be able to play around with this and see if it’s a good match for you, and what are the pitfalls
you should watch out for. But let’s have a look at him here. Let’s see him from a couple of angles. If you like this video please
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every aspect of the game, plus one on one internet lessons with me. Okay, let’s check out Zach. So there’s Zach Johnson. He has what we call a strong grip, that means it’s pre rotated
away from the target there in the setup. And when you start with your
arm pre rotated that way, you’re more liable to
rotate the face to the left or a hook face through impact. Of course he doesn’t do that, so let’s look at how he accomplishes that, now let me just say, now listen, let’s bring and iron shot
in here for a second, not the greatest camera
quality but let’s have a look. when you have a
predisposition with your grip to hit it to the left but you’re able to use your body and not
let the hands roll over through the ball, I mean it’s pretty rare
to see someone that good with a glove up here at that point. Most times that left
forearm is folded a lot more and the club is released
a lot more than that but when you can do that, you are gonna hit a lot of straight shots. A lot of on target shots because the face is very inactive at the bottom. So Lee Trevino, same
sort of a method there, so that’s his calling card as he’s an accurate, accurate
players, a steady guy, he doesn’t get it off the
golf course very often. Of course he’s a very tenacious guy with a great short game as well. And that’s just how he goes
about shooting those scores. So that’s the advantage. It’s my understanding that he has had a strong grip and that general
tendency in his release since he was a junior golfer
there, a younger player, so that suits him well. Here he is with a driver. Has a relatively short backswing there. Gets those hips started. If you’re, with the kind of speed he has, and he’s not the longest
hitter in golf by a mile, but with the kind of speed he has, a lot relative to most people, you have to really use
your body well there, and use your hips well
to prevent that club from flipping over. But interestingly enough as we look at him from this angle, he certainly doesn’t have the quickest hip motion, you’ll see. I mean watch when his left
knee disappears from view there on the left. And it’s about there. A lot of players are a lot
more open with their hips than that as they come down. So it’s not so much that
he has lightning fast hips but that he continues to
use them and continues to move through the ball, and continues to drive
those glutes underneath him that keeps him in a, it keeps that club from
rolling over at the bottom. So as we look again from this angle, pretty simple posture. Club face just visible there, it’s not super shut but
it’s shut a little bit and it’s shut with a strong grip. That club is a, oh, it’s a little closed right there. But again he’s got great body motion and can get through there and do it. And that’s his calling card
as he’s an accurate golfer. Now let me just say copying
people’s swings isn’t always the only way you can copy people, how about his, how about the kind pf guy he is? How about mentally? I don’t know him personally
but I know a fair about him. He’s a little bit like a Jim Furyk is so much as he’s a
very steady, reliable, sort of guy, very hard working. He’s just a plod along guy. He’s a great short game,
leaves nothing to chance, and he just puts his time in and grinds it out, and is able to get a game
there that he can really trust and make work well. So you know, for me, hey listen, I’d love to
be like Phil Mckelson, or Fred Couples, a kind of
a creative hot and cold, sort of a guy, mostly hot in their cases I might add. But they’re the kind of people that hey, they’ve got a lot of talent
and when they catch fire, when they get a little bit inspired, they’re impossible to stop, but they can run hot
and cold a little bit. It kind of looks like a fun way to play, but that’s not me. I’m more of a worker rat, and I’m more of a guy like Zach Johnson, so if that’s more you, don’t just copy his swing maybe. Copy the diligence, the short game, the approach to, the disciplined approach to getting around the golf course. And you can make something out of that. So in, long in the shorts, strong grip would predispose
him to hit it left, you would think, but great motion. Doesn’t have the quickest hips in golf but they really keep thrusting
and pumping through the shot, and they’re enough to keep those hands from rolling over excessively. One other thing I noticed
a little bit in his move, he has a little bit of a tilt
back with his upper body, even on an iron. If you watch his head there,
relative to the trees, he adds a little bit of, away from the target tilt with his spine, and my guess is with
the delofted club face, it helps him get a little
more height on the ball. And it’s probably to do with those hips kind of
thrusting underneath him. When they really thrust under it’ll tend to cause a little side lean but I think that’s a good combination with his grip and club face style. So let’s have a look at what
we might learn from that, what we might take away from that, and whether or not you
should try to mimic some of these things. So what can you take away
from Zach Jonson’s swing? Well I think there’s several
things you can take away. Number one, the idiosyncrasies he has with the stronger grip and the
slightly or somewhere closed face, let’s say, are matched off by what he does through the ball. He uses his body and
he patterns his release in a way that’s very, very repeatable. So you’ve got to have matches. What you don’t wanna do is
just say, you know what, I’m gonna try something funky here without any sense of what needs
to be paired up with it to make it work. Second thing, remember there’s
different things that work. Hey listen, two of the best
ball hitters in history, Lee Trevino and Ben Hogan, had dramatically different grips and different club face looks so it worked for them. Fred Couples actually
had the very string grip, but because he cupped his writs so much, he had a pretty neutral club face and he had a lot more kind
of snap in his release, so there’s different combinations. The thing is though, you’ve got to get as I say, you’ve got to get a matching combination. You’ve got to get one that’s two things, easy for your body, hey listen, if you’re young and flexible and you hit the ball a long way, and maybe you hook some, maybe this is a great tonic for you. You’ve got a lot of energy here, a lot of speed, and you can control the ball better. But maybe if you’re a
senior golfer who’s has a hip operation, you don’t have much speed, you don’t really hit the
ball off the golf course, but you don’t hit it very far, you might need a pattern
that has a little more snap and release and pop in the club head, so pick something that
is good for your body, that works for your body, and I guess innately something
that you feel like you can deliver the good a consistent way, you can count on the shot
shape under pressure, day in, day out, on the golf course. For some players that’s
been a little fade, for some players a little draw, for a lot of the players these days it’s relatively neutral. But something you feel like you
can trust that’s an easy way to get the ball out there in front of you. And just remember as well, hey listen, there’s things you can play around with. Grips a little bit, release
patterns, et cetera, but there’s some things that
are really non negotiables. I mean nobody ever played well with a club passing their hands
this way through and back. I don’t think anybody played
well with excessive upper body side to side or up and down movement. It’s got to be relatively steady and of course down here, at the bottom where
you’re hitting the ball, your club has to be on a decent plane going roughly towards the target. You can’t be way out to in, or in to out. So don’t just experiment in any area, experiment in some minor patterns that you think might help you. As I say that you think
would be good for your body, so in this case I got a seven iron. I’m gonna give it the old
Zach Johnson special grip, and I’m gonna make a small shot. Just punch it out there, and see if I can control that release. That’s kind of his look. That was a nice low,
driving straight shot. I’m not sure that’s the
best swing match for me, it certainly works for Zach Johnson, hope this helps. Well I hope you enjoyed looking at Zach Johnson’s golf swing there, and I hope you got a
little something out of the stuff we laid out at the end about how you can experiment
a little bit in your own game to find the right match.’s my website, have one on one internet lessons with me, all sorts of videos in
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  1. Mitchell Blades says:

    Great analysis

  2. David Branscum says:

    Great video love the content Adam.

  3. Sumitra Devi says:

    Thanks very much for accepting my request and uploading this video of analysing Zach Johnson's swing. It has really helped.I wanted to ask you to how to compress or give a thrust on the ball with irons.

  4. Hung Phan says:

    I think Zach has the same hip drive thru the contact zone like Lydia Ko, another consistent player. thanks for the video Adam!

  5. Robert Morley says:

    Interesting that with the driver, ZJ was showing some glove under his right hand at the 3 o'clock position, but not with the iron swing.

  6. Sumitra Devi says:


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  8. David Nelson says:

    Zach starts the downswing with his arms his hips only respond (the left hip immediately responds to the action of the arms, hence the illusion). See Zach's swing coach Mike Bender's videos and book "Build the Swing for a Lifetime". So many get the analysis of Zach's swing wrong.

  9. Lee Comeaux Golf says:

    If his left elbow joint never rolls over which Zach’s doesn’t it’s because his grip is an anti roll the face grip. You contradict yourself 3 times. He continues to turn his upper body against his arms and please before someone sues your ass off his flutes don’t go under him his pelvis and sacrum are turning. His sacrum is causing this not his flutes his lower transverse abdominals are causing this.

  10. Lee Comeaux Golf says:

    Omg he doesn’t deloft it with he hits it with actually more loft people pay you for lessons. Terrible

  11. Jim Agnew says:

    You might want to do a 2019 rreview!😁

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