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Mac O’Grady Golf Swing Analysis

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Mac O'Grady is known as a mysterious and eccentric recluse who teaches a limited number of more technically astute golfers in the Palm Springs area.  After 17 tries at the PGA's Tour School, he finally earned his card and went on to win twice.  Never a great putter, Mac was usually long and straight off the tee which was definitely his strength.

An incredible and supple athlete, O'Grady could also play under par left handed, and attempted to enter tournaments playing this way.  He was best known for his 'run-ins' with then commissioner Dean Beman, which is unfortunate, because it overshadowed his unique character and passion for studying the great golf swings.

Here are O'Grady's driving stats from possibly his two best years on tour, 1986 and '87:

1986:

Driving Distance:
277.3 8th
Driving Accuracy Percentage: 58.8% 150th
Greens in Regulation Pct.: 67.3% 40th
Putting Average: 1.828 129th
Total Driving: 158 61st

1987:

Driving Distance: 278.2 4th
Driving Accuracy Percentage: 59.9% 152nd
Greens in Regulation Pct.: 68.3% 32nd
Putting Average: 1.819 130th
Total Driving: 156 55th

I think you should try to copy O'Grady on nearly everything he does below if you would like to be a better golfer.  Here is my analysis of an O'Grady driver swing from around 1990, about when he retired from competitive golf because of a back condition:

O'Grady studied closely under 'The Golfing Machine' author Homer Kelly.  He now calls his approach MORAD, originally short for Mac O'Grady Research and Development, although this has seemed to change over time.  Plummer and Bennett, who went on to develop the Stack and Tilt Method of swinging, were once members of O'Grady's flock and were apparently 'excommunicated' along with many other notables.  I've interviewed a couple of ex O'Grady students, who both told me that you could just do the smallest thing that Mac didn't like, and instantly, you were 'out.'  No more contact - cut off completely.  Sometimes you didn't even know what you did.

The consensus of those who attend Mac's seminars is that he works tirelessly to help people, and is very knowledgeable of not only his own method, but many swing permutations that have been popular on tour over time.

O'Grady describes the perfect swing as being about 80% Snead, and about 20% Hogan.  Sounds to me like he and Mike Austin would very much see alike.  O'Grady's mysterious nature and immersive study of the great golf swings of history has made him greatly in demand as a teacher.

Mac's entire history, from name changes to his thoughts on golf, to his unorthodox social skills, have led many to think he has a screw loose.  Whether he is a genius or insane, or maybe teetering on the knife's edge between both, is up to you to decide.

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