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Anti Slice Backswing?! Linn Grant Swing Analysis

PGA Professional Jack Backhouse explains how copying Linn Grant’s backswing could cure your slice.

 

Linn Grant won the Scandinavian Mixed co-sanctioned DP World Tour and LET event for the second time last week, once again proving her game is one of the best in the world. In the video below, PGA Professional Jack Backhouse dives into a Linn Grant swing analysis to see if copying her backswing could fix your slice.

Set-Up

Grant addresses the golf ball with her hands very low, in quite a ‘hip-hinged’ posture. She has quite a strong left hand grip but places her right hand perfectly neutral on the club, pinching the club in her right thumb and forefinger. This grip is much like Rory McIlroy’s.

Grant stands at address with her hands well ahead of the ball, almost presetting the impact she wants to achieve. This is a good position for amateur golfers to emulate.

linn grant golf swing

Backswing

It is the backswing which we can all learn from and try to emulate; this is the correct way to swing the club if you are looking to get rid of a slice.

Immediately from the start of the swing, Grant moves her hands inwards towards her right leg, keeping her right arm stiff and on top of her left to the takeaway. The result of this is a position in which the club head is way outside of her hands, and the club face is very closed.

This sets the wheels in motion for the shaft to stand up vertically into the middle part of her backswing, with the club face staying closed. The reason this is the perfect backswing for slicers is that from this position the club shaft will nearly always shallow in transition, creating a neutral or draw swing path.

linn grant golf swing analysis

Downswing – Shallow

You can see in the image below just how radically the shaft angle flattens from backswing to downswing, now in a perfect position where the shaft points outside of the golf ball. This half way down position is just perfect: square club face, hands in line with bicep, knees square, shaft plane outside of golf ball.

From face on, you can see that Linn Grant has shifted her hips well forward of where she started, this perfect weight transfer allows her to get ‘on top’ of the ball and flush her irons. It would be very difficult to hit these downswing positions and hit the ball poorly.

Linn grant

Into The Finish

Grant moves into a impact position where her hips are more open than her shoulders, her hands are well ahead of the golf ball, and her weight is mainly on her front foot. These things combined with the square face which she set in the backswing means that she is going to hit the golf ball straight and long a lot of the time.

She finishes in a wonderfully poised end position, turning her body a long way past the target.

What can we learn?

Linn Grant is an exceptional athlete, so it would be near impossible for us mere mortals to emulate her whole swing and be successful with it, but it would be well worth trying to copy her backswing.

Getting the hands to work in early, keeping the club face closed and well outside our hands, and standing the shaft up vertically is a brilliant way to encourage the shaft to shallow in transition by its self, allowing us to hit more straight and draw shots.

This is exactly what a slicer should be working on if they have a inside takeaway.

If you enjoyed this Linn Grant golf swing analysis, keep an eye out for more tour winners’ swing analysis in the future. Anti Slice Backswing?! Linn Grant Swing Analysis.

If you are interested in seeking further information from Jack that is more specific to your golf game, you can book an in-person or online golf lesson by clicking here.

Jack Backhouse

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Jack is a PGA Golf Professional who specialises in coaching, teaching golf to beginners and top-level amateurs for 10+ years. He also loves his golf equipment and analysing the data of the latest clubs on the market using launch monitors, specialising in blade irons and low-spinning drivers despite having a chronically low ball flight.

Although Jack has no formal journalism training, He has been reading What's In The Bag articles since he started playing at 12 and studying golf swings since his dad first filmed his swing to reveal one of the worst over-the-top slice swings he reckons has ever been recorded, which set him off on the path to be a coach. His favourite club ever owned was a Ping G10 driver bought from a local top amateur with the hope that some of the quality golf shots would come with it (they didn't), and worst was a Nike SQ driver he only bought because Tiger was using it.

Jack is a member of Sand Moor Golf Club and regularly gets out on the golf course to prepare for tournaments. Jack uses a TaylorMade BRNR Mini driver, a half set of TaylorMade P7MB irons, MG4 wedges and a TaylorMade TP Reserve putter.

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