We can learn a lot from guys playing at the highest level and Hunter Mahan is no exception. His ability to get hot and go on a birdie tear is in large credit to his great golf swing and more specifically his impact position.
Mahan played high school golf in Texas, winning the 5A Texas State Golf Championship AND USGA Junior Amateur Championship in 1999. Mahan spent one year at the University of Southern California earning PAC-10 Conference Freshman of the Year. He then transferred to Oklahoma State where he capped off a successful amateur career with 2 Big-12 player of the year awards, 2 First-team All-American honors and a USGA Mens Amateur runner-up finish to Ricky Barnes in 2002.
Mahan turned pro, made his way through Q-school in one try and hasn’t looked back since. He’s had success at every level and once we take a closer look at his golf swing we’ll see why. I don’t think there is anyone else with a better impact position than Mahan. The following video shows exactly what I’m talking about.
His hips are cleared, his right elbow is connected to his body and his hands are rotating, not flipping. If there is one thing we can take from Mahan’s game its his impact. Incorporating that impact position into our game is going to lead to more control and consistency.
I expect Mahan to have a big time career as he comes into his 30′s. Its not a matter of IF he wins a major, but how many.