But don’t try this swing at home, unless you have extraordinary flexibility in your entire body, including your spine. Attempting to swing it like Fowler could send you to the hospital.
The first of the two videos below of Fowler’s swing explains why he’s been able to be one of the longest drivers on the PGA Tour, despite being only 5-9 and 150 pounds. The analysis reveals:
• Fowler has an extraordinary shoulder turn, 145 degrees, the biggest ever recorded. The next-largest shoulder turn belongs to Sam Snead, 142 degrees. (See first video, below.)
• Large hip turn, 40 degrees.
• A downswing that possesses perfect sequencing, beginning with his legs (left knee) and followed by hips, shoulders, arms, and hands
• Big change in spine angle during the swing
• Low hands at address. Observers have said that Fowler would be more accurate with the driver if he adopted more of a one-plane swing, with his hands on the swing plane at address.
Compare Rickie Fowler’s Swing To:
• Sam Snead, Fred Couples (shoulder turn)
• Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Sam Snead, Bobby Jones (sequence of the downsing)
• A young Sergio Garcia (dropping of the arms at the start of the downswing)
• Ben Hogan (change of direction)
• Lanny Wadkins (soft left arm at impact)
Video Vault of Rickie Fowler’s Golf Swing
Wayne DeFranceso breaks down Fowler’s swing:
Purple Golf breaks it down: