Michelle Sung Wie was born October 11, 1989. She began playing golf at the age of four.
At the age of 10 Michelle Wie became the youngest player to qualify for the USGA amateur championship.
She turned professional just before her 16th birthday in 2005. There was a lot of buzz and news around her.
Especially because she started playing some PGA events competing against men. In an Interview with David Feherty at Stanford University she said that she didn’t think that it was that big a deal. But it was!
Today we take a look at her beautiful golf swing from start to finish.
Address Position and Takeaway
[clearboth] Michelle Wie is standing with strong legs addressing the golf ball with a slight tilt away from it to encourage the proper launch angle.
Her body seems aware. It’s not tense but in an athletic position to start her golf swing.
Her takeaway is on plane with almost a maximum arc. She bends her right elbow slightly. Probably to keep a little more control over the club. This extra control shows at the top of her backswing.
[clearboth] Michelle Wie takes the club back perfectly.
The club is parallel to the ground and her target line just before she starts to initiate her downswing.
Her upper body is fully turned and she is fully loaded with most of her weight on her right foot. She is ready for a powerful downswing.
Downswing and Impact
[clearboth] On the downswing you can really see the similarities between her swing and the swing of her idol Ernie Els. Their tempo is almost identical. Here’s a video that compares the two swings side by side.
Finish and Conclusion
[clearboth] Her great iconic finish is another example how Michelle Wie is making room with her body to swing the club around.
She finishes standing tall and in balance, facing the target. If you are looking for a great finish position to copy; there you have it.
Let’s recap what we can learn from watching Michelle swinging her golf clubs.
Tempo and staying in sync is everything. You can go through all the right positions. If you are in the right position at the wrong time you’re still playing poorly. Try to stay in balance and listen to your body.
- Swing wide with a full turn for maximum power. Keep your posture, though.
- Having a role model can be great for your swing. And Ernie Els is a great role model to pick.
Michelle Wie started to play professional golf at a very very young age and got a lot of praise and hate for that. Especially because she was playing at the PGA Tour.
But she got there for a reason and there will be more good things in golf for her in the future.