It looks a bit like Ryan Moore’s swing at address, wouldn’t you say? But looks can be deceiving. Lingmerth plays from a close-to-square stance, while Moore is very open. Moore is also closer to the ball. When they take the club back, Lingmerth’s arm plane nearly matches his shoulder plane, whereas Moore’s arms are extremely steep.
Perhaps the closer comparison is Zach Johnson’s swing, with the strong grip and the upper-body rotation.
What I think is very interesting about Lingmerth’s swing is his nearly-nonexistent hip turn in the backswing. Take another look at the videos if you didn’t notice. It makes me wonder where the power is coming from.
His stats coming in to the Players would not have predicted his performance so far:
• 123rd in driving distance
• 36th in driving accuracy
• 134th in greens-in-regulation
• 133rd in strokes-gained putting
Lingmerth is from Sweden but he played collegiately at the University of West Florida (one year) and the University of Arkansas (three years). He was a two-time All-America at Arkansas. He played on the Web.com tour in 2011 and 2012; he earned his PGA Tour card by finishing 10th on the Web.com money list in 2012.
I’ll be honest, I had never heard of David Lingmerth prior to today! I must not have been paying attention to this year’s January swing, where Lingmerth finished second in a playoff at the
Bob Hope Humana Challenge. I hope Lingmerth has a long, successful career; I want to see more of his swing.
Photo: PGA Tour