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Posted 12 February 2018 - 06:29 PM

surely inside over the top swings can't win on tour.. :)

guy's swing is really not much different from most you see on a public course..goes to show... doesn't have to be perfect.  chipping and putting has to be close to perfect on tour

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Posted 12 February 2018 - 06:43 PM

It doesn’t have to “look perfect” but it has to be perfectly repeated time after time and then it is perfect.
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Posted 12 February 2018 - 06:47 PM

Most of the people I encounter on courses public or otherwise would give valuable pieces of their anatomy to hit the ball like he does, and what over the top?

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Posted 12 February 2018 - 06:48 PM

with all the gym time he does not have enough left to work on his swing lol . Great story , the brain is far more powerful than a good swing

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Posted 12 February 2018 - 07:49 PM

He's clearly learned body rotation towards the target minimizes hooks

Golf history is full of winners with grooved funky swings

To quote Trevino, fear the player with the bad grip and bad swing ... he's grooved it

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Posted 12 February 2018 - 08:07 PM

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To quote Trevino, fear the player with the bad grip and bad swing ... he's grooved it

So freakin' true. When you see the Kenny Perrys and Ray Floyds of the world, you need to run the other direction.

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Posted 12 February 2018 - 09:32 PM

I saw in his WITB, he plays driver at 46". Anyone else on a mens tour play that length?

Edited by Fireballer, 12 February 2018 - 09:33 PM.


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Posted 12 February 2018 - 10:23 PM

What about the ball, do we still need to roll it back?

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Posted 13 February 2018 - 06:10 AM

View PostWhiskey_fire, on 12 February 2018 - 06:43 PM, said:

It doesn't have to "look perfect" but it has to be perfectly repeated time after time and then it is perfect.
100% correct

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Posted 13 February 2018 - 06:52 AM

i thought he was the am at first.....  swing is gangsta, but he knows how to use it.

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Posted 13 February 2018 - 08:56 AM

Swing is ugly as all get-out.  Love it.

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Posted 13 February 2018 - 09:43 AM

He looks like what Jim Hardy teaches

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Posted 13 February 2018 - 10:13 AM

I play a lot of golf with a soon-to-be-17-year-old kid who kept texting me about Potter's swing. (This kid has a ridiculously nice swing, hits envious positions at all the key checkpoints, and strikes a great ball.)

"How's [his swing] win?"

"It's sooooo ugly."

"Still the ugliest swing on tour."

I don't think I'm going out on a limb here when I say aesthetics and swing positions are being considered and obsessed over to the detriment of actually playing the damn game!

Look at Lydia Ko. I could have provided her with Hall of Fame advice a couple of years ago: "Don't change a damn thing, EVER."

If you can get it done with your swing, you can get it done. As long as you can hit the shot you need to hit—and have the confidence to step up and pull it off—you've got everything you need to win on the golf course.

Every time a guy like Ted Potter, Jr. wins, it's like a cold shower of absolute truth. You don't need to look like an adonis at P3-P6; you don't need to be a 6'4" mutant; you don't need to drive it 350.

You just need to be able to hit it where and how you want.

And thank goodness for that.

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Posted 13 February 2018 - 11:03 AM

It may not look the best, but he owns it and is able to be in the right spot at impact which is ultimately the only thing that matters.

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Posted 13 February 2018 - 02:57 PM

View PostFireballer, on 12 February 2018 - 09:32 PM, said:

I saw in his WITB, he plays driver at 46". Anyone else on a mens tour play that length?
Huh? 46 is common. Basically standard length for a driver these days. Many guys prefer shorter but I doubt 46 is rare.


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Posted 13 February 2018 - 03:06 PM

No pictures on a score card. Yes the swing is ugly but it got the job done. If I could shoot 60's at Pebble, I wouldn't care how it looked.

Also, what his average drive all week was no more than like 285? Ball speeds in the low to mid 160's... DJ blowing it by him on every single par 4 and 5. Yet, the guy's short game was clutch, where length means nothing and pulled out a W.
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Posted 13 February 2018 - 03:39 PM

I might not have the best eye so what am I missing that so many others are seeing in his swing? These positions all look pretty good to me.

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And I don't think there are more than 1 out of every couple hundred guys who come through my local courses with a swing this good. It looks very different from all of theirs to my untrained eye.

There's been a whole lotta talk this week about how awful his swing is and, other than the unique follow through, I don't see what's so terrible here.

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Posted 13 February 2018 - 03:42 PM

I don't think people think it's a bad swing, technically speaking. As you show.. position is good. It's more of... it just looks jerky and almost somewhat.. painful. Very fast and short... Not super smooth and elegant looking. People love an Ernie Els or Fred Couples swing because it looks completely effortless and the ball gets crushed. TPJ looks like he's trying to hit the cover off the ball every single time.
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    send it in jerome

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Posted 13 February 2018 - 03:44 PM

View Postjohnrobison, on 13 February 2018 - 03:39 PM, said:

I might not have the best eye so what am I missing that so many others are seeing in his swing? These positions all look pretty good to me.

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And I don't think there are more than 1 out of every couple hundred guys who come through my local courses with a swing this good. It looks very different from all of theirs to my untrained eye.

There's been a whole lotta talk this week about how awful his swing is and, other than the unique follow through, I don't see what's so terrible here.
About the only thing I see is he does have a funky follow through but I too wouldn't put this down as an ugly swing - certainly not when you look at Jimenez, Barber, or Floyd as examples - those 3 guys get into some of the worst backswing postions I've seen and make world class transition moves - the rest of us would be lucky to be 18 cappers with their backswings.

Edited by glk, 13 February 2018 - 03:47 PM.


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Posted 13 February 2018 - 03:44 PM

Discrimination against southpaws at its finest. An attack on one of us is an attack on all of us. :)


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Posted 13 February 2018 - 03:53 PM

What's so "ugly" or "terrible" about this impact? Looks pretty dang sound to me.Hips open to target,left arm slightly bent,etc.1518555186591.jpg

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Posted 13 February 2018 - 03:54 PM

I think what throws people off about his swing is the follow-through. He really slams on the brakes and comes to an abrupt stop rather than finishing with club ove his shoulder. It gives the jerky appearance that people are talking about. Whatever works. My swing will never be pciture perfect and I really don't care. It's all about strike.

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Posted 13 February 2018 - 04:38 PM

View PostFlaBoy239, on 13 February 2018 - 02:57 PM, said:

View PostFireballer, on 12 February 2018 - 09:32 PM, said:

I saw in his WITB, he plays driver at 46". Anyone else on a mens tour play that length?
Huh? 46 is common. Basically standard length for a driver these days. Many guys prefer shorter but I doubt 46 is rare.

Standard for who?  Off the rack?  Sure.  Who else on tour plays 46"?

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Posted 13 February 2018 - 04:45 PM

View PostZ1ggy16, on 13 February 2018 - 03:42 PM, said:

I don't think people think it's a bad swing, technically speaking. As you show.. position is good. It's more of... it just looks jerky and almost somewhat.. painful. Very fast and short... Not super smooth and elegant looking. People love an Ernie Els or Fred Couples swing because it looks completely effortless and the ball gets crushed. TPJ looks like he's trying to hit the cover off the ball every single time.

Agreed, its his tempo and finish that makes it seem really ugly

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Posted 13 February 2018 - 05:16 PM

View PostKrt22, on 12 February 2018 - 10:23 PM, said:

What about the ball, do we still need to roll it back?

haha...the "roll back" campaign is funny to me.   TPJ was rockin a 163mph ball speed this week!!....look out!!


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Posted 13 February 2018 - 05:20 PM

View PostGrayback1973, on 13 February 2018 - 03:53 PM, said:

What's so "ugly" or "terrible" about this impact? Looks pretty dang sound to me.Hips open to target,left arm slightly bent,etc.Attachment Screenshot_20180213-145120.png

not sure anyone is doggin' his impact...it was more his swing (I think).  Yes his swing is nothing you would teach.....because you couldn't.  With only seeing his swing and not the result....yes....its sucks.    The guy is a complete natural.......refreshingly awesome!!......(by virtue of his result :) ).

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Posted 13 February 2018 - 05:24 PM

View Postseve1972, on 13 February 2018 - 05:20 PM, said:

With only seeing his swing and not the result....yes....its sucks.

Again... what about this sucks?
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Edited by johnrobison, 13 February 2018 - 05:25 PM.


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Posted 13 February 2018 - 05:25 PM

Wasn't the top NCAA kid last year the one with a super funky unique action as well .. his name eludes me at the moment
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Posted 13 February 2018 - 06:06 PM

View PostMan_O_War, on 12 February 2018 - 06:29 PM, said:

surely inside over the top swings can't win on tour.. :)

guy's swing is really not much different from most you see on a public course..goes to show... doesn't have to be perfect.  chipping and putting has to be close to perfect on tour

Ive been waiting for the inevitable thread where people with what they think are similar swings used Potters swing to justify their swings.

His swing is not similar because where it matters it is tour caliber. Dont let appearances fool you ( OTT swingers with all of the stereotypical faults) or lull you into a sense of contentment.

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Posted 14 February 2018 - 12:37 AM

View PostLeftyLuck, on 13 February 2018 - 03:44 PM, said:

Discrimination against southpaws at its finest. An attack on one of us is an attack on all of us. :)

I hit the like button left handed just for that - one of my daughters is a lefty (and a redhead to boot)!


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