Ryan Palmer: Full Swing

Watch all the components that make up Ryan Palmer’s powerful swing including his shut club face, shoulder turn, leg drive and down stroke load.


Now I know this is my game-- what works best for me.

Which we'd have to consider it unorthodox because of the clubface, right, slightly?

Yeah, you'll still notice I've got a shut clubface. But I've also got probably a little more shoulder turn than I did coming out on tour. Before on tour, it was probably more arms and more leg drive, which generated my power. Now, my power's generated by probably a little bit more shoulder turn at the top. It's still not a very long backswing.

But big shoulder to turn.

Big shoulder turn. And then when I drop that club, like you said, generate the lag on a golf swing, which is where downstroke load whereas the power comes from, but now I've got more leg drive but more of a power leg. And I'm not really snapping my left leg back, but I'm getting on to my left side, posting up on my left leg more consistent, which is generating more power. And I'm able to get the ball out there like I need to. Normal stance.

Ball's up a little bit.

Ball's up a little bit. Because when I come through impact, I'll still have a little bit of knee drive. I'm always going to have that. It's my golf swing.

You're accommodating that because you let yourself slide to get back to it.

If my ball was back and I really did my knee drive, now I'm really out in front of the golf ball. And now when I come through, that club's going to be so far open to the right, which will cause a big block or a big hook. So for me, to hit the shots I need to, I've got the ball up a little bit more than your average player because of my little leg drive I have.

There's a lot of guys out there that are technical-- more robotic, I guess you could say. And they have to be at certain points in the swing to be right. But fortunately, that's just not the way I play the game. And I'm able to play my game and still have success.

It'd be crazy for me to see you without the leg drive.

So you'll see the ball up a little bit.

Big shoulder turn. And you have this rhythm in your swing-- go ahead and put one in there. You have this rhythm in your swing it, like if I was going to copy your swing from behind-- you're up front. You're real deep here, real deep. And then you've got your drive, and you get real narrow. And you just supper pinch, right? You really get on that ball.

So one thing that Randy's taught me to get to my side from the get goo-- to help get to my left side post up he goes, I need you to stomp the bug. And so when I got here, I'm like what in the world are you talking about? You want me to just hit it and stomp?

So I've got the low backswing real wide, deep shoulder turn. And then when I drop the club down, I've got to figure out a way to get here through impact. Now, when he meant stomp the bug, he wants me I imagine there's a bug, an egg, or whatever on the ball on the left foot, so the impact-- I really into put force into my left leg and really drive my left, almost like I'm trying to feel my knee come back a little bit and really get the hips through.

I know what Randy's doing there. Because to make yourself pull out, you've got to go to the corner of one spot to pull back the other way. Can you go back to that spot again? Go to the downswing? I'm just going to come over here. So the big change was this area, right here.

For me, the big change was I used to keep going. I used to keep going.

Yeah, and now you're operating in a smaller space.

I'm going, but now I'm able to pull back a little bit. And the biggest thing for me is making sure-- when I know I'm hitting great shots, my shoulders are level at the top of the backswing.

Show me that what do you mean by that?

When I finish, I finish high. I finish tall.

Oh, you're talking about on follow through.

When I know I've done everything like I need to--

You're saying that your--

--you'll notice how level my shoulder is here. When I hit the awkward pull, the awkward block, I'll hit a shot and you see the difference. I've completed the backswing, a full follow through, my right shoulder's dipped.

Just to be fair, when I when I hit mine good, I'm still in the tilt. Because I'm more of a rotary-- a shorter follow through.

Yeah. For me, I've got to really get through to get the impact I want. So my best shots, like I said, I finish high. I finish tall.

You can play with what you have. You don't have to swing a certain way. I'm a field player. What I was taught I still do today I think. And you don't have to swing a certain way. You can take little things from different players.

I take things from Stricker. I've taken a few things from Tiger before, from Jordan. There's different players I've watched and tried to put into my swing. But obviously, I'm swinging the way I want to. I think it's one thing amateurs can do is learn that you can use what you've got and make it better. You don't have to swing a certain way.

And play the game the way you were brought up. If you're a young player turning pro and you had success in college, don't change it. That's one thing I hope young kids today will realize. They're not going to try and change their game when they get to the next level.