Lexi Thompson wedge action

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edited Jun 28, 2018 in LPGA/Ladies golf talk #1
PRE-STORY I’m watching the 1st round of KPMG and I see Lexi and Lydia playing the 12th hole (maybe 13th). Lexi, as expected, is miles and miles ahead of Ko. Lydia feathers a long iron in to about 5 ft. Lexi takes her massive divot and flys the green. To compound the issue her short game gets exposed as her chip was awful leaving her about another 7 ft outside of Lydia. The chip was from the back fringe and left her plenty of room with minimal slope. She’s so far from the hole it speaks to her lack of distance control, even if she wanted to spin it back. So all that distance is wasted, kind of like watching young DJ.

OBSERVATION :

All her wedge shots are these steep hold off shots with very low hands in the follow through and a low finish. I fully understand the point and value of being able to do this, however today it was wet and still. If she could have used that speed to generate a higher ball flight, more like Jason Day, she could have been sticking daggers in that green all day. She certainly generates elite club head speed relative to her field like Jason. With all that turf digging and abrupt follow through, you also fear for the long term implications of a swing with those components.

QUESTION:

If you’re in Lexi’s camp (obviously we’re not) do you push for her to polish up her approach game? Would it hurt/disrupt the rest of her game to get a swing with a high, more natural finish? Yes her short game isn’t up to top caliber level either, but she seems to be missing by large margins from scoring distances. As a far inferior golfer and a huge fan of Lexi Thompson, I’m in no way trying to be snooty. I want her to be world #1 and I think she will certainly do it.

CONCLUSION: I just think polishing up that approach game would serve her (and her wrists) better than her putting or chipping. You need a hot putter to win on Tour that’s undeniable, but I don’t ever see her being a player whose gonna rattle off 15 and 20 foot putts to take down a field, or stun you with Seve-esque short game magic.



In baseball they refer to a complete player as a 5-tool player, having and excelling at all components relevant to success in the sport. Tiger Woods would be (obviously) a 5 tool golfer having elite power, control, putting, scrambling, etc. Although I don’t think she’ll ever be a “5 tool player,” I do think she’s one more tool away from being an Elite player. One who can string together a nice stretch as world no.1

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  • JagpilotohioJagpilotohio 45+ inch drivers are evil. Columbus, OHMembers Posts: 7,167 ✭✭
    I don’t think you have to worry about her getting to number 1.



    She’s a Terrible putter which is never going to change, and she’s going to cripple herself digging trenches the way she does.



    I have early onset arthritis in my hands and all sorts of tendonitis issues and I can hardly stand to watch her hit. I cringe when the divots fly.

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  • KBongKBong Members Posts: 1,194 ✭✭
    edited Jun 29, 2018 #3
    OP....yes...Lexi really doesn't have much finesse to her short iron approaches....a one dimensional full out Lexi Lean swing....but I doubt she'll be able to change it...it's in her DNA.

    And when she's nervous...Lexi has a bit of the yips on her chips and short putts.



    I don't know if Lexi is still under Jim Maclean's guidance....maybe he's given up trying to change her swing mechanics.



    I don't believe Lexi will ever be a really good putter...she's had years to really improve....yes it's better ,,,,,but not it's not great when the pressure is on....the talking heads at the GC studios also talked about this on the KPMG press conference coverage on Tuesday.
  • KBongKBong Members Posts: 1,194 ✭✭


    I don’t think you have to worry about her getting to number 1.


    Never say never...Lexi could go on a hot streak and become #1.....but IF she does become #1...she won't hold onto it for long.



    Who would have ever guessed that non-athletic Shanshan would ever be #1.

    If you asked 1000 golfers who knew nothing about Lexi or Feng and walked them both into a room...and asked them one of these two golfers have been the #1 world ranked female golfer....I doubt 1 of the 1000 participants would say Jenny Money.
  • andrieddleandrieddle Posts: 1,798 ✭✭
    And why is she still playing S2 forged irons? Stubborn? The newer models don't perform better?



    Also, Bettinardi stopped sponsoring her, could it be because she was really bad? Or she blamed the putter for the performance?
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  • MadGolfer76MadGolfer76 Admiration is the state furthest from understanding. Members Posts: 19,850 ✭✭
    I say this in all humility, as this girl is a far better player than I have ever been, but her game has a kind of "high school'ish" vibe to it. Really poor footwork on full swings, digging trenches on approach shots, inconsistent putting...



    I think she could benefit from someone like Butch Harmon, in a way similar to DJ and Fowler - someone who knows how to polish the quirks of a good player's swing, such that they don't interfere with consistency.
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  • Petunia SprinklePetunia Sprinkle Future King of France Members Posts: 5,355 ✭✭
    andrieddle wrote:


    And why is she still playing S2 forged irons? Stubborn? The newer models don't perform better?



    Also, Bettinardi stopped sponsoring her, could it be because she was really bad? Or she blamed the putter for the performance?




    Definitely not the putter. With her versatility, she could miss the hole with anything.
  • andrieddleandrieddle Posts: 1,798 ✭✭
    edited Jun 29, 2018 #8

    andrieddle wrote:


    And why is she still playing S2 forged irons? Stubborn? The newer models don't perform better?



    Also, Bettinardi stopped sponsoring her, could it be because she was really bad? Or she blamed the putter for the performance?




    Definitely not the putter. With her versatility, she could miss the hole with anything.




    Which is why Bettinardi dropped her as brand ambassador.....that must have stung



    That aside I still cheer for her though especially against Feng
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  • StoochStooch Members Posts: 712 ✭✭
    edited Jun 29, 2018 #9
    wrong thread
  • ChronicSlicerChronicSlicer Members Posts: 910 ✭✭
    andrieddle wrote:


    And why is she still playing S2 forged irons? Stubborn? The newer models don't perform better?








    Some people play what works for them. If it ain`t broke, don`t fix it. You could easily argue this, feel free..but it`s not her irons holding her back.
  • JasonicJasonic Gamer Banned Posts: 3,571 ✭✭
    edited Jul 1, 2018 #11
    I swear she’s looks like a shank on every pitch. Just ugly.



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  • JagpilotohioJagpilotohio 45+ inch drivers are evil. Columbus, OHMembers Posts: 7,167 ✭✭
    andrieddle wrote:


    And why is she still playing S2 forged irons? Stubborn? The newer models don't perform better?



    Also, Bettinardi stopped sponsoring her, could it be because she was really bad? Or she blamed the putter for the performance?




    Basic perimeter weighted players irons don’t actually change in performance from year to year. It’s just marketing mumbo jumbo. Need to sell the new stuff.



    Unless your sponsor demands you change to the newest model, why bother if you like the older one?



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  • LeoLeo99LeoLeo99 Members Posts: 3,940 ✭✭
    Reading this thread, I can't believe she can afford to put food on the table.
  • bigeasybigeasy Bigeasy Members Posts: 1,158 ✭✭
    Lexi is a Dustin Johnson before he went to work on his short game. She could win a whole lot more with a better 125 yards and in game. Dave Pelz could help her no doubt.
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