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The important lessons you can learn from Peter Senior’s golf swing

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He may not be a household name in the United States, but Australia’s Peter Senior has a swing for the ages. At 60 years old, Senior has 34 worldwide professional wins including the 2015 Australian Masters beating a competitive field with several top-ranked players in the world. Turning professional in 1978, his career has spanned over 40 years.

Senior’s game and swing have stood the test of time, and the longevity of his career should be recognized. Senior formerly worked with Australian instructor Gary Edwin, and the structure to this swing taught to Senior paved the way for a future of consistent, high-quality professional golf.

Having a great golf swing isn’t the only key to becoming a great golfer, one must learn to play the game. However, you can learn a lot from Senior’s swing.

The origin to Senior’s swing lies in his set-up. Senior sets up in what I call his “hitting angles” or a position that mirrors impact.

From this position, Senior is able to simply keep these angles he established at address throughout the swing. This is why the set-up is so critical. The further he deviates from these “hitting angles”, the more he will have to find that impact position with his body in the backswing and downswing. In other words, more movement. The goal of his backswing will be to maintain these original starting angles.

From the picture, Senior has maintained his original body shape that he established at address. From this position, it will be much easier and repeatable to return the club to impact.

Note how his impact position now mirrors his original address position. All his original angles were maintained with a slight bump of the body towards the target. From impact, he can simply fold up his arms as his right side of his body rotates around his left side, keeping the clubface square to the body.

This standing tall finish position with the head following the torso is much easier on the back. His body has come forward and around beautifully, covering the ball for a proper strike.

The beauty of Senior’s swing lies in its simplicity. The changes Senior made to his swing can apply to anyone. Let’s look at two simple drills to make your swing more efficient and powerful.

“To a large extent, my backswing is a product of my set-up position” – Tiger Woods, Golf Digest 2020

To get into these impact angles simply practice pushing into an impact bag with the head and shaft of the club. Make sure your trail arm is tucked, lowering the trail shoulder as you pressure the bag.

To get the feeling of the proper coil from this set-up position, grab an impact bag and hold the bag in front of you.

From here, swing the bag around you with your arms keeping the top of the bag level. You will feel the trail side of your body move back and the lead side move out, coiling around your spine angle.

The trail glute will also move back and around with this drill, a key move the great Ben Hogan used to pivot his body. To develop an efficient swing and a long, injury-free career, take note of Peter Senior’s key moves.

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Kelvin is a Class A PGA golf professional in San Francisco, California. He teaches and has taught at some of the top golf clubs in the Bay Area, including the Olympic Club and Sonoma Golf Club. He is TPI certified, and a certified Callaway and Titleist club fitter. Kelvin has sought advice and learned under several of the top instructors in the game, including Alex Murray and Scott Hamilton. To schedule a lesson, please call 818.359.0352 Online lessons also available at www.kelleygolf.com

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  1. Alfonso Llanes

    Feb 17, 2020 at 10:08 am

    This swing is teach by Gary Edwin, an Australian pro whose student also include Rod Pampling and Ms Artis who plays on the European Ladies Tour. It is called the Right Sided Swing. The swing looks like a reverse K maintaining the posture throughout the swing and hitting with the right side of the body by rotating thru the swing. It is impressive how straight the ball goes without losing distance.

  2. Raj lp

    Feb 17, 2020 at 9:09 am

    I think what there is to do with his pair is that he comes back to his setup position through impact. The idea of letting club face mimic body rotation is interesting. I’ll have to play around with that feel.

  3. geohogan

    Feb 16, 2020 at 3:03 pm

    Tiger Woods stacked on his left leg at impact and has suffered bodily damage ever since.

    Many pro golfers have achieved great things despite their idiosyncratic swing motion.
    Ben Hogan was able to survive a horrendous car crash and maintain a great golf swing without further damaging his knees and back.

    IMO Peter Senior is a good example of a golfer who found his Slot and as a result has great Lag. The only two attributes he shares with Ben Hogan, a truly great swinger.

    • freowho

      Feb 16, 2020 at 8:18 pm

      I agree with this. Sometimes talent is enough. I think Tiger would have won 40 majors had he not gone to the gym yet the golf industry holds his workout regime up like a beacon for others. Peter Senior’s swing is very unorthodox but he has a release pattern that keeps the ball in play. Nothing to do with his posture.

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