The following article by Peter Krause was featured in the May, 2014 issue of GOLF Magazine
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With one Tour victory to his credit, big-hitting Aussie Marc Leishman,30, is a rarity on Tour: a young gun with a classic, old-school swing.
Pic #1: His chin is up and his arms are under his shoulders, allowing for a big turn.
Pic #2: Here, he shows a great blend of wrist hinge and upper-body rotation.
Pic #3: His hands swing up the center of his chest—zero chance of getting “stuck.”
Pic #5: This is huge: His left forearm and the clubface are perfectly aligned.
Pic #6: His lower-body turn makes his hands and his arms drop.
Pic #7: See how the shaft's angle of attack mirrors its angle at address? Perfect!
Pic #9: His chin is up and his arms are under his shoulders, allowing for a big turn.
Pic #11: The hands rotate to square the face. Old school is in session!
Pic #12: Copy this: The butt of the club points at the middle of his sternum.
Pic #13: Club appears to exit through the left shoulder, as it should.
Pic #16: Knees, hips and shoulders face the target in a full finish.
Marc Leishman's size (all 6' 2” and 200 pounds of him) belies his touch. He's a good scrambler, a decent putter and a world-class wedge artist - areas traditionally dominated by smaller, more targetoriented
players. Combine these talents with the muscle to hang with the 30 longest drivers on Tour (297.5-yard average so far this season), and you have a guy who's capable of winning not only on Tour, but in majors, too.
Leishman's a throwback. Most Tour players power their swings with the big muscles—core, glutes and legs. Marc relies more on sequencing and timing. He starts his swing with his hands and arms and then pours on the
turn. From the top, he reverses the order: His lower body fires first, and that energy is transferred to his arms, hands and then the clubhead—that's about as old school
as it gets! And while swing fads come and go, this technique is a bona fide target-finder.