“It seems obvious to me that writing about the golf swing has become too technical and complicated, and even the most earnest teaching professional presents the game to his pupil as a far more difficult thing than it really is. It is equally obvious that what the game needs if it is to continue to grow in popularity is a simplification of teaching routines which will present a less formidable aspect to the beginner, and offer to the average player a rosier prospect of improvement.”
Bobby Jones - Golf is my game 1960
Payne Stewart has come to epitomize the word "Smooth" when it comes to the Golf Swing. His syrupy stroke encompassed the best ideals of Rhythm and Tempo. I consider him a modern day Sam Snead and his stroke has become a representation of what Bobby Jones described as "Freewheeling" through impact.
Here's a video I put together composed of some youtube clips and some highlights from the 1998 US Open at Olympic.
Here's what Gregg McHatton had to say about him:
We lost a great ambassador of golf in 1999. He was in many ways our most significant tie to the legendary swings of the past. I think we sometimes forget the very significant influence that Bobby Jones had on modern golf. Payne Stewart made the swing that might be seen as the bridge from the classic swing to the modern, swing. I am not so sure that the classic swing is not the swing that most golfers should use today.
Hit em Straight