Ken Larsen's Web Site - My philosophy on the golf swing


Like all golfers, I'm constantly tinkering with my swing. 


1.0 My swing flaws


I've played golf both right-handed and left-handed, and I've broken 80 both ways.  I throw and write with my right hand.


Here are videos of my swings:

Here is my latest golf swing:  Left-handed swing with early wrist set


When I play right-handed, my flaw is coming over-the-top.  When I play left-handed, my flaw is dipping my head on my downswing and not shifting my weight to the right side.


I've decided to focus on playing left-handed.  I think my left-handed flaw is easier to fix than my right-handed flaw.


Here are some famous golfers who are (or were) left-handed and play (or played) with right-handed clubs or vice versa:




Golf Clubs used

Jordan Spieth Left Right Super slow motion of Jordan's golf swing

Henrik Stenson



Super slow motion of Henrik's golf swing

Johnny Miller




Nick Price




Bob Charles




Phil Mickelson




Mike Weir





2.0 My favorite training aids / practice drills


The swing fan is my favorite training aid.  It gets my hips moving first ... which is what other trainings aids (Momentus weight club, Orange Whip, and Medicus) don't.  Reason why the swing fan is the best training aid.


3.0 What to practice immediately prior to a round


I now precede my round by going to the chipping green and chip 4-8 balls to a far pin and putt them all out.  Then I hit some full wedge shots.


4.0 What to focus on during a full swing


I should strive to emulate Jordan Spieth's swing:  Stick my butt out and keep my lower body still during my backswing.  I get good results when I do so.


Rhythm is key.  A waggle followed by a forward press is the best way to begin a golf swing.  [Sam Snead video]


During my full golf swing I focus on trying to focus on making a perfect finish ... in balance and facing the target. Failure to do so as been my number 1 problem.


For some great information on the full swing, read Jim McLean's "Eight Step Swing" book.  [short video summary]


5.0 Chipping


Here is a great video on chipping.


6.0 Putting

  1. I putt with a Wilson Augusta blade putter that I've added a wide Winn grip.  This blade putter permits me to putt left or right handed.  Which I do depends upon which way the putt breaks.
  2. Conventional putting grip.  My experiments with lead-hand-low and claw-grip have been failures.
  3. Light grip with each hand.



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