Those are the words of an analyst from The Purple Golf Academy in London, who broke down Manassero’s swing before the Masters.
(Above) Matteo Manassero tees off on the 9th hole at Turnberry during the 2009 Open Championship.
This past weekend Manassero overtook Rory McIlroy on the final day of the Malaysian Open and won the tournament.
Last fall Manassero made European Tour history by becoming the youngest winner, at age 17 and 188 days. He created European Tour history by becoming the youngest full European Tour Member, at 17 and 188 days. He beat the previous record of Seve Ballesteros, who was 17 and 200 days in 1974.
Here’s the Purple Golf analysis of Manassero’s swing:
Characteristics of Manassero’s Swing
Overall it is simple and efficient.
• Perfect setup and posture
• One-piece takeaway
• Maintains his angles through the swing
• Stays on plane from start to finish
• Quiet hands
• Maintains width in his swing, arms and body move together
• Not a big backswing
• Excellence lag
• Head and spine angle drop right before impact
Manassero has qualified for the rest of this year’s majors, and his name will be part of the pre-tourney conversation.
Compare Matteo Manassero’s Golf Swing To:
Video Vault of Matteo Manassero’s Golf Swing
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From behind, at the 2009 British Amateur at Formby (Manassero is the second player to hit in this video):
Matteo Manassero makes history in the fall of 2010 (youngest winner in European Tour history), you have to watch this, if only to hear the Italian commentators. Full swings at :56, 2:05, 3:25, 3:49: