Several years ago, Johnny Miller wrote an article about piecing body parts of the great tour players on one body to compete with Tiger Woods. For example, Johnny chose his own eyes, Jack Nicklaus’ thighs, Sam Snead’s arms, Greg Norman’s shoulders, Dan Pohl’s fast rotating hips, and finally, my partner, Jim Dent’s great hands.
What is the responsibility of body parts on the golf swing and are you a responsible golfer?
The Eyes—Johnny Miller chose his eyes because he could gauge the yardage on each of his shots better than anyone. He could see the distance in his eyes and determine how far the shot is. Golf is a very visual game and you have to see or image many things in the swing, such as the club head path, target line and ball flight line. You may use imagery, which comes from your brain.
The Hands—Great sensitive, reactive, and responsive hands with the ability to send speed out to them with great timing and feel for the club head swinging—Jim Dent to a TEE!
The Arms—Long, lanky, and flexible for extending rope-like with long swimmer-like muscles, not tight and muscle-bound—Sam Snead was possibly the greatest whip-like golfer of all time.
The Hips—Hips may be a little misleading because there is no motor in your hips. It’s the ability of your stomach and oblique muscles that gives your hips rotary speed. Dan Pohl and Tiger have great core reactive strength.
The Shoulders—Shoulders help in width of upper body frame for a wider swing arc and for emitting power. Be careful not to hit the shoulders; they merely pass power along through rotation. Both Tiger and Greg Norman have wide shoulders.
The Thighs—Thighs are the power producers, power plant, and nuclear generator in the golf swing. They create a stable base of support and golfer potential energy and you rotate your torso. The upper part of Jack Nicklaus’ thighs measured 28 inches around. Tiger, as well as many tour players, develop their thigh strength.
So, if you want to be a responsible golfer, work on the above body parts’ responsibility in the golf swing.