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We ran Patrick Reed’s golf swing by way of our Swing AI machine. Here is what we discovered.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Swing AI, the underlying expertise powering the Swing Index app, which is part-owned by GOLF.com’s mother or father firm, makes use of synthetic intelligence expertise to assist golf instructors consider golfers’ swings. Amid information that Patrick Reed had called-in famend golf teacher David Leadbetter to try his swing, we ran the Masters champ’s transfer by way of our Swing AI machine so we are able to higher perceive what’s happening.

Patrick Reed is a tempo participant. His swing might be highly effective and mesmerizingly easy, because it was throughout his near-wire-to-wire victory on the Masters final 12 months. Different occasions (suppose 2018 Ryder Cup), it seems hampered and out-of-sync, as if his physique and arms are chasing one another.

It will probably go south for Captain America, however a timing concern is best than a persistent technical flaw. The remainder of us needs to be so fortunate. To seek out the supply of his timing error, we ran a sequence from Reed’s winless 2017 season although our Swing AI machine. Swing AI assesses and grades 21 completely different swing parts to compute an total Swing Index, from 1 to 10.

How did Reed’s fare?

Swing AI detected an open clubface on the prime. It’s a place that sometimes requires a well-timed sequence of compensations to sq. up for impression. David Leadbetter not too long ago observed that his swing had gotten “very lengthy,” which might make squaring up in time all of the harder.

When the timing’s good, be careful—the remainder of Reed’s movement is chock-full of elite positions (discover all of the “10s”). When it’s not, he has issue competing. — Joe Plecker, GOLF High 100 Trainer. Chief Swing Officer, Swing AI

1. Backswing

Reed’s upper- and lower-body turns are glorious. His stance and align-ment: glorious. And he units the membership superbly on the prime earlier than beginning down. However test the toe of his driver—it’s pointing extra towards the bottom than it’s on the digital camera, indicating an open clubface. The necessity to regulate for it on the best way down is what fuels the poor sequencing scores at proper.
Patrick Reed backswing

Patrick Reed backswingPatrick Reed backswing

2. Impression

Patrick doesn’t shift his weight ahead as a lot as different golfers—his energy comes extra from rotation. However together with his barely open clubface, the extra or more durable he rotates (or shifts towards the goal), the higher the percentages are that the face will keep open. Whenever you see Reed miss proper, that is the rationale.

Patrick Reed impact

Patrick Reed impactPatrick Reed impact

three. Launch

This image reveals why tempo and timing are so vital in Patrick’s swing. With out it, his decrease physique stalls, forcing his arms to launch exhausting in an try to sq. the clubface. It’s a traditional movement, and when Reed’s timing is on, he makes it look fluid.

Patrick Reed releasong the club

Patrick Reed releasong the clubPatrick Reed releasong the club

Patrick Reed’s Swing Index

Patrick Reed's Swing Index

Patrick Reed's Swing IndexPatrick Reed's Swing Index

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