Collin Morikawa Swing Analysis: Great Pivot Movement and Left Wrist Flexion Add Up to Awesome Impact

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This video was originally published on my website July 20th 2020 if you haven’t joined it you should as there is much much more of my content there than here. Congratulations to recent PGA Major Champion Collin Morikawa. If you also watched the tournament at Muirfield Village you know that Collin Morikawa is the real deal, as great ball striking and putting put him over the top against another excellent young player, Justin Thomas. In this video (thanks to my friends at TaylorMade) we get perfect camera angles of an iron swing from both face on and down the line. There are many things of note on display: his grip is unconventional to say the least, his left hand weak but with the thumb positioned to the far right of the grip, while his right hand is in a much stronger position with the “V” pointed outside the right shoulder. This allows him to utilize left wrist flexion (bowing) more so than just about any player I’ve ever analyzed, even John Rahm and Dustin Johnson. His pivot movement is spot on, as his athletic build lets him crank his upper body up over his lower with extremely limited lower body movement. He is different than a lot of players who appear to be actively restricting the hips and legs: he does it effortlessly and from listening to how non-technical he is approaching swing mechanics not on purpose. In transition he has the magic Wayne D “crunch” move, deepening his right hip as he changes direction, and he has a huge amount of lateral movement to go along with quick rotation (his left knee disappears well before his arms reach even P5). It is apparent from the look of his impact position that he compresses the hell out of the ball, and with his smooth tempo (almost slow in the backswing) and ultra-stable setup and overall movement it is no surprise that he hits the ball so well.