We stumbled upon a great video of Jack Nicklaus on Youtube and we wanted to share this with everyone. Often we are asked what golfers use a vertical golf swing and there is no better example than the Golden Bear. Today's tip is an analysis of his swing and comparison to the Peak Performance Golf Swing.
Jack Nicklaus is definitely Peak Performance vertical in his backswing and forward upswing. He varies from PPGS in that in his backswing he turns well to if not more than 90 degrees due to left foot lift in the bs and this causes an EBRT end of backswing reverse tilt. His forward upswing transition is real good and arms swing down and to ball real well for impact and his forward upswings is real good all the way to the top. At the top is varies from PPGS as he finishes with a reverse C which is the equal and opposite of his EBRT. He is 3/4 with most of his clubs and only gets close to and to parallel with his woods.
His plane, arm lift both BS and FUS are classic PPGS. With his irons, he takes the club away shut and more toe up with his woods. He has in his BS a big left foot lift and left knee turning a lot inward toward his right leg which is the cause of the EBRT. However, he does maintain real good balance with a very minimal head movement at the top of the backswing.
Overall. Mr. Nicklaus is a great model for the PPGS in plane, arms and club action (except shut club takeaway with irons) elbow triangle at the top of the BS and his finish. He varies from PPGS in the top of BS with the EBRT and the finish with the Revere C which is the reaction to the EBRT. He is on a perfect plane from takeaway to the top, then from the top to his finish. Lastly, he has a good recoil and relax at his finish. Mr. Nicklaus gets a solid A for overall PPGS swing motion and balance despite his lifted left foot and left knee turning inward in the backswing causing the EBRT. He still maintains great balance and is a Reverse C finish which again he maintains great balance and motion to his finish and recoil.