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Ernie Els' swing analysed

Ernie Els' swing analysed
Ken Brown
BBC golf commentator

Everyone on the professional circuit envies Ernie Els. He makes the golf swing look so easy.

He is a huge man with arms like a blacksmith's.

Yet he has a beautiful, graceful rhythm and never looks as if he is trying to hit the ball hard.

Players in the past such as Lee Trevino and Jonny Miller had very idiosyncratic swings. But the modern action is more grooved - none more so than Els'.


Ernie grips the club lightly

Ernie's hands are like huge plates of meat.

But he grips the club extremely lightly as he stands over the ball.

Ernie Els' facts
Born: 17 Oct 1969, Johannesburg, SA
Turned pro: 1989
Career: Two US Open titles, 2002 Open champ
Other sports: He could have been a rugby or tennis pro

You could easily pull it out of his hands with a little tug. He holds the club as if it were an egg!

If you want to check your grip is right, try this.

Ideally, as you look down you should be able to see two or three knuckles of your left hand and two on your right.

Many club players find they have the right hand twisted too far round to the right.


Just watch Ernie hit the ball

If you had a look at Tiger's swing you'll have learnt about all the key parts of the classic swing.

And some of my other six choices have some quite unusual habits.

But with Els, there's never been a clearer case of someone just being born able to swing a golf club right.

Look how balanced he looks as he gets ready to start his downswing. You wouldn't believe he's 6ft 3ins and 15 stone.

It's just a question of getting himself in the position to let his natural swing run its course.

The best thing to do with Ernie is just watch him hit the ball - as often as you can.


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