Here’s why Rory McIlroy stopped looking at his own golf swing on video

Rory McIlroy has one of the best and most beautiful swings in golf, but he doesn’t bother looking at it on camera.

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Rory McIlroy, a bit like the rest of us, used to spend significant time studying swings.

“I used to look at a lot of different golf swings,” he said on Wednesday ahead of the FedEx St. Jude Championship. “I’d look at early 2000s Tiger a lot. … Grant Waite was always the model on V1 when I was growing up and he had a pretty nice swing.”

He’d look at his own golf swing on video a lot, too. He’d hone in on different details, then work on getting them a bit better. It’s probably why his move has become the envy of golfers everywhere.

But somewhere along the line, they found the returns started diminishing. Rory would see footage of himself and all he’d start thinking about was his golf swing, and the ways it could get better.

“Honestly, I don’t like watching my highlights anymore because I’ll start picking my swing apart,” he says. “I don’t think it does me any good, so I’ve tried to steer away from looking at a lot of swings on video. … I’ll be too Perfectionist with it.”

Don’t be dependent on the camera

Like almost every pro, he’ll consult the camera when he needs too, of course. And forgoing the camera doesn’t mean Rory has stopped working on his swing — he still does. Rory just knows his tendency to become too much of a perfectionist with his golf swing when he gets in front of a camera, and so works on keeping it in check. It’s more about honing in on a feeling that works for him and focusing on the results.

It’s a good reminder for the rest of us. The camera on your phone is there to help you, but don’t let it dominate everything you do. Work with a good Coach who can help you improve your swing with some simpler cues, and take it to the course with more freedom.

Luke Kerr-Dineen Contributor

Luke Kerr-Dineen is the Game Improvement Editor at GOLF Magazine and In his role he oversees the brand’s game improvement content spanning instruction, equipment, health and fitness, across all of GOLF’s multimedia platforms.

An alumni of the International Junior Golf Academy and the University of South Carolina–Beaufort golf team, where he helped them to No. 1 in the national NAIA rankings, Luke moved to New York in 2012 to pursue his Masters degree in Journalism from Columbia University. His work has also appeared in USA Today, Golf Digest, Newsweek and The Daily Beast.

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