Lady Golf Pro Golf Swing Analysis Caroline Westrup
We had the pleasure of interviewing Caroline Westrup on one of our Wednesday golf webinars and we also did an analysis of her swing. Caroline is one of a fine crop of college athletes, (she graduated from Florida State) that continue to make the step up to pro ball even more difficult every year.
The Futures Tour and other tours like it offer young players the opportunity to learn how to play under competition. Of course you eventually have to get the “L” out of learn!
I think you will learn something by watching this analysis of Caroline’s swing. You will probably agree she has power and tremendous potential. Sometimes it’s just a shot or two here and there that makes the difference.
Well, in some ways they have an advantage. Most lady golfers are generally more flexible and are more willing to rotate their body for power rather then using their arms or upper body exclusively.
Looking at several of them like I have, I definitely notice more shoulder turn among the lady pros. I’ve attached a sample video below of a lady pro golfer. The sad reality is that many of the recreational lady golfers do NOT take advantage of their flexibility because on day one, a well meaning golfer tells them to “keep your head down”. Probably the most mis-understood statement in golf!
The true statement should be, “maintain your spine angle constant”. The spine must remain steady as you turn your body however your head can move away from the ball…just stay level.
The back swing should feel somewhat like the coiling of a shot put thrower or discus throw. When you throw the shot put your head actually goes down because of the TILT!! Funny enough not many ladies do either sport! However, they instinctively realize that their arms can NOT carry the entire load so they will turn their body if instructed to do so.
One negative is they seem to have trouble hinging the golf club back for the same reason that their arms and wrists are not strong enough to take the load. Lighter graphite shafts might help.