Whittaker's Weekend Takeaway: Why you should find a swing that works for you

Golf Tips

Elite coach Dan Whittaker talks us through Tyrrell Hatton's golf swing and has some advice for how you can improve your own technique

Tyrrell Hatton has enjoyed another remarkable year, playing his way onto the Ryder Cup team and, at the weekend, very nearly making it three wins in a row at the Dunhill Links Championship.

So what makes the World No. 23 tick?

The swing

He understands so well what he does and he knows his swing inside and out. There are certain things in there that you wouldn’t necessarily teach anyone else to do, which are unique to him, but it obviously works for him.

He loses a little bit of height towards the end of the backswing and he has to recover that through the ball so he backs out of it a bit. At times he might not be the straightest off the tee but he does an amazing job of matching his arms and his body. So when he is turning his arms do connect to his body very nicely.

At the really top level this is what you do. Loads of guys understand what they are great at and what they might not be too great at and the big thing is to understand how well you move and certain ball flights. Tyrrell works with his dad so they have obviously worked on certain aspects for some time.

At the top level you already have a massive degree of consistency so you have to question whether you should go through those difficult changes in your swing or just try and improve other areas to make those key small but crucial improvement.

Tommy Fleetwood is  the same, he has been and tried other methods but is now with his boyhood coach Alan Thompson and look how great he’s been playing the last couple of years. These players understand what they do and how they move.

Players growing up in a Tiger Woods era, where it was the norm to keep changing your swing and he did it regularly and brilliantly, have felt the need to keep their swings evolving but others have struggled and there’s a lot to be said for knowing what you have.

There is a lot mentioned about Hatton’s temperament but, again, it works for him. Quite a lot of players need something to perform, some look like they don’t care but they say they are boiling inside. Others need to be vocal, like Hatton, while others need to be having a laugh to get the best out of themselves.

There isn’t one way to swing a golf club, you have to find what works for you.

The celeb-am

It is nice to have something different in terms of formats, I just wouldn’t play it at those venues. I remember when the Dunhill was the three-man team event and you had teams from all over the world coming to St Andrews. I always thought that was such a great event. Celebrity is good somewhere on the calendar but it’s not a great watch, is it? You want to see the best players in the world on the best courses hitting the best shots.

It won’t happen but I’d bring back the team event, back in the day you had a team of Couples, Daly and Love coming over and it was just really cool.

Piers Morgan

Links tips

If you are going to be playing some links golf in the coming months and you’re not familiar with its nuances then here are a couple of quick pointers.

Make sure you are being patient as the wind could do anything to your ball and you will get some funky bounces. Don’t expect it to be anything like your parkland at home.

And adapt to the situation. You might need to putt from 30 yards or you might hit a 5-iron from 120 yards, this isn’t the norm but this is what’s required. So get your course management on point and use your eyes to see what the course is asking of you.

Dan Whittaker is an elite golf swing and performance coach based at High Legh. For more information, visit his website.

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