Justin Peter Rose was born July 1980 in South Africa. At the age of five his family moved to England where he found his passion for golf and could begin to take the game more seriously. He was in the top ten of the Official World Golf Rankings for 34 weeks between November 2007 and July 2008. His recent win at the US Open Championship at Merion 2013 let him climb to rank 3.
Justin Rose is one of the best iron players on tour. But his driver swing is also up to par. Let’s take a closer look.
Address Position and TakeawayJustin Rose stays behind the ball with his setup. You can see how ĥe’s tilting away from the ball slightly to encourage an upward hit. Nevertheless his left arm seems to form a straight line with the club.
He does a classic takeaway without any wristmotion. Notice how stable his head and lower body is while he’s turning his upper body.
- On the top of his backswing he starts his downswing before his club reaches the parallel position. He’s taking no prisoners here and makes sure that he stays in control and on path throughout his entire swing. If you want to have more accurate tee shots you’ll do good to study this position thoroughly.
Downswing and ImpactIn his downswing Justin Rose leads with his hips but doesn’t slide much. You can see how his entire weight shifts to his left leg until he finishes his swng.
Despite his weight shift he stays behind the ball with his upper body and releases his arm club unit through the hitting area.
Finish and ConclusionIn his finish position Justin has most of his weight on the outside heel of his front foot. His hips have rotated just past his target line and his club and arms are wrapped around his body ala Ernie Els or Michelle Wie.
That’s a great finish position to mimic. But there’s more to take away here:
- If you want accuracy only turn as far as you can tell what your clubface is doing.
- Turn your upper body against a stable lower body with a steady head.
- Shift your weight towards the ball but stay behind it with your upper body through the hit,
Justin Rose is known for his deadly precision with his irons and it shows in his swing. You’ve no signs of the big hitters who grip it and rip it but a beautiful repeating swing that sends the golf ball exactly where Justin wants it to go.