Why so many experts love Joaquin Niemann’s golf swing

The Joaquin Niemann golf swing is stylish, sporty, robust and highly effective.


Joaquin Niemann claimed his second PGA Tour victory last week in rather impressive fashion. Not only claimed in the legendary Riviera club, among a remarkably strong field. He did so by finishing under 19, just one shy of the championship record.

Among those gains was that avid golf enthusiasts, despite their different horses in the race, seemed globally happy. It makes sense, after all. He’s a talented young international golfer who gets his due, and a nice guy with a great golf swing.

Along those lines, why do so many golfers – coaches, fellow tour pros, fans and media like myself – seem to care about the Niemann golf swing? Without claiming to speak for everyone, let’s break down some of the reasons for the big picture.

1. It looks cool

Both simple and complex at once, Niemann’s golf swing has this intangible quality of being fun to watch. It’s hard to know exactly what makes golf easy on the eyes. If I had to guess, it’s a combination of equal tempo, synchronized rotation, and general gymnastics that facilitates everything. There are more concrete reasons why golfers love his hit, of course, but I wanted to start with the most obvious one.

2. Makes a big swing back

Niemann isn’t the biggest man on the Tour, however he’s been in the top 30 speeds in each of the past two seasons (he finished 13th on the Tour in driving distance last season). That kind of pound-for-pound strength never goes unnoticed in today’s age of golf, and as Brandel Shambly notes, it starts with a major shift in the backswing. You can see his weight transfer to his back foot as his leg is straightened for more hip rotation. Meanwhile, his shoulders rotate more than 90 degrees from where they started.

3. Has an elite chain movement

The phrase “golf swing sequence” can basically be translated as: “Make sure different areas of your body are moving in the correct order at the beginning of your swing.” If you compress slides, it’s likely due to bad sequence: you turn before turning, sending the club over the top. Matt Wolf’s swing can look the same because he’s doing the sequence correctly.

If you are looking for a standard golf swing sequence, the Niemann is a good model. As you can see in the photo above, at the start of his descent, Neiman shifts his weight onto his toes, and bends his knees (which causes him to squat), weakening the club. It’s so perfect, and if coaches are like the Niemann swing, that’s one of the biggest reasons behind it.

4. Spin like crazy

The Niemann has a solid grip, and a strong grip usually requires a lot of turning when landing, or else you’ll hit the hooks.

Fortunately, that’s exactly what the Riviera winner does. Except that Niemann doesn’t just spin. Through a combination of strength and flexibility, especially in his core muscles, he rotates While stay put. His pelvis stays backwards, and his head stays roughly where it started. There’s no whiff of the dreaded “early stretch,” as your pelvis moves toward the ball as you swing down.

By rotating in position, Neiman flips the stick around his body, matching his grip by preventing the face of the racquet from flipping. Results? Tall and straight, beating Rivera to prove it.

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Luke Kerr-Dineen is Director of Service Journalism for GOLF Magazine and GOLF.com. In his role, he oversees game improvement content for the brand that includes Help, Equipment, and Health & Fitness across all multimedia platforms at GOLF.

An alumnus of the International Junior Golf Academy and the University of South Carolina – the Beaufort golf team, where he helped them finish first in the NAIA National Rankings, Locke moved to New York in 2012 to pursue a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University. And in 2017, it was named “Rising Star” from the News Media Alliance. His work has also appeared in USA Today, Golf Digest, Newsweek, and The Daily Beast.