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Golf: By George!!!: A Different Kind of Swing Guru

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Stan Sutherland
Stan Sutherland

“And now Gankas' prized pupil with the funky motion had delivered some serious validation of his often-questioned philosophies.” That’s from Alex Myers reporting on the recent 3M tournament win by Matthew Wolff.

“Only in America”

Over the weekend I observed Wolff’s ‘funky’ swing and I just had to find the swing guru who teaches him.
Only in America indeed, nowhere else in the golf world would you find a swing coach with such ‘strange’ ideas.
OK there maybe one other in the case of the deceased Canadian, Moe Norman.
And thanks to Alan Shipnuck we can know more about George Gankas, “Introducing the hottest (and oddest) swing coach in golf, whose players swing it 130 mph”
That’s right and it’s worth noting that DJ doesn’t even reach that number.
“No one on the PGA Tour averages as much as 125 miles per hour of clubhead speed with their driver. (Dustin Johnson clocks in at 121.) Gankas has 20 players in his stable of collegians and mini-tour warriors swinging it 130 mph or above. But his appeal transcends mere mechanics.”

Vive la difference
Alan writes, “Though Gankas has a core of bedrock tenets, flexibility is the hallmark of his teaching. “Every swing is different,” he says. “Everybody is built differently. For me to try to put all people into one little box would be an ego thing. You can hold the club however you want. You can take it back however you want — down the line, laid-off, crossed-up, I’m down with all of it. The key is matching up tendencies. If you do ‘x,’ then you gotta do ‘y’ to get back to a Hall-of-Fame impact position.”

Link to Alex Myers and Alan Shipnuck

Quote of the Day
“I’ve heard George talk about how much he wants to change the game. I’d be surprised if he doesn’t.”- Alan Shipnuck


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