Lee Trevino on DrivingWednesday, April 04, 2012
It has been said that Lee Trevino only left the fairway to answer the phone. Well, when I checked his year by year stats for driving accuracy, and perhaps this is overstated by just a bit.
But there is no questions that Trevino was one of the straightest drivers of all time. Year by year, except for a couple of minor dips, he was always over 70% fairways hit, and sometimes as high as 76%.
Trevino's swing could be described as 'unorthodox', but when he started down and got the club into the slot, this is where he may have been better than just about everyone. Look at this picture:
The entire basis of this swing is to karate chop the ball with a rock skip type of action. The body conforms to this action with a precise positioning and bracing to make the throw more powerful. Chances are that you already know this position well, and have performed it many times. Look:
The older kid has his body in the exact same position as Trevino on a driver. In the video below, Lee Trevino explains how he swung the driver and hit it so straight:
Did you catch the last part of his explanation, right before the end of the video? He mentions that you can't swing this way by turning the hips in a barrel. He describes his move as a 'slide turn'. Sounds suspiciously like what Mike Austin called a compound pivot.
Although Trevino got there a different route, he and Mike Austin were nearly identical from the slot through impact.
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