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What Does John Daly Do In His Swing to Overcome His Large Size? Need Tips For Big Belly Boys

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I'm returning to golf from not playing seriously since I was a teenager. I have gained about 100 lbs since those days and am now in my 30's. I read Ben Hogan's 5 Fundamentals book and was struggling to replicate that swing. Here are a couple issues I've been facing:

1. My range of motion is very limited due to my size and inflexibility.
2. My bicep and left pec keep attacking my chin when I go into my backswing, preventing a full rotation.

So I decided to look at the swing of some bigger players with a closer body type to mine and I came across this video of John Daly.

I'm not knowledgable enough to pick out the intricacies of one swing over another, so I thought I would post it here to see if you fine people could help me figure out how John Daly gets his swing so far back and other things he does to make it work on a big man.


P.S. I know some of you will be tempted to just post "lose weight" which I know will help, but if it were easy everyone would be in fit shape.
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Some tips FWIW

Maybe similar to big chested women? Check out any vid of Paige Spiranac 馃槈
Just because of his appearance, that guy would make a great darts player.
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It's great that you're returning to golf and seeking ways to adapt your swing to your current physical condition. While it's important to maintain good swing fundamentals, it's also important to make adjustments that work for your body type and limitations.
John Daly is known for his powerful swing, and he has been successful despite having a non-traditional swing compared to other golfers. There are a few things that stand out in his swing that could be helpful for golfers with limited range of motion and flexibility:
  1. Wide stance: Daly has a wide stance, which can provide a more stable base for the swing and allow for a fuller rotation of the upper body.
  2. Big shoulder turn: Daly has a big shoulder turn, which allows him to generate more power and coil more tightly despite his size.
  3. Early wrist hinge: Daly starts the wrist hinge earlier in his swing, which allows him to maintain a more consistent swing plane and generate more clubhead speed.
  4. Lateral hip slide: Daly has a pronounced lateral hip slide in his downswing, which can help with weight transfer and generate more power.
While it's important to note that everyone's body and swing is unique, incorporating some of these elements into your swing may help you generate more power and adapt to your physical limitations. Additionally, working with a qualified golf instructor or physical therapist may also be helpful for addressing any limitations and developing a swing that works for your body type.
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