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The first player in the Thai golfer section is one of my favorite current tour golfers.
Kiradech Aphibarnrat is currently competing on the American PGA tour, although struggling to find form.
He may lack a little confidence, but he shows no weaknesses in his swing mechanics. I like his swing. It is not only his physique that has earnt him the nickname of The Tai John Daly, although he is only medium to long by today's standards (see second sketch below), like Daly, he is a quick no-nonsense player.
Kiradech Aphibarnrat swing-click to enlarge
The start forward turns itself into a thing of beauty at contact-Aphibarnrat finding his interpretation of swing.
The Aphibarnrat backswing may have a little less width on the start back than his tour colleagues but it still finds its way into a top-class contact.
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Kiradech stands tall to the ball and has an appropriate width base for the wedge swing. His body looks relaxed but still retains an element of alertness.
He then swings his arms freely away from the ball while allowing a good wrist collection at the same time. He makes little leg responses while keeping his left foot(at this stage) flat on the floor.
At the summit of the backswing, Kiradech keeps a good vertical center. His hands and arms have reached a high pinnacle and he is poised to return in the correctly synchronized sequence. The left foot has now changed pressure a little.
The start-back has all the right elements in place. The legs are less active than the action we would see with the driver of course (see sketch above).
As in all good ball striker swings, Kiradech reaches the ball with his hands well in advance of the club head. He will now "squeeze" the ball into the ground and send it off with the optimum trajectory and spin.
Kiradech naturally "holds" the center (left side of the face) a little longer than standard as he takes the swing past the ball. His weight is mostly on the left side as his upper body continues to turn.
Kiradech naturally "holds" the center a little longer than standard as he takes the swing past the ball. His weight is mostly on the left side as his upper body continues to turn.
A beautifully balanced finish with all energy gone and weight firmly set on the extended left leg.A great swing interpretation from Kiradech.