Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

PRO GOLF ; Day Looks to Shorten His Swing and Help His Back

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

PRO GOLF ; Day Looks to Shorten His Swing and Help His Back

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KAPALUA, Hawaii - Jason Day would love nothing more than a long year, and that might start with a shorter swing. Day is coming off a longest break of his career, and while he arrived on Maui for the SBS Tournament of Champions as the No. 1 player in the world, he didn't bring much momentum with him. He last played on Sept. 23 at the Tour Championship, withdrawing from the second round with a back injury. Two weeks earlier, he withdrew from the final round of the BMW Championship with back pain.

"I picked up a club twice in those three months and I worked hard on my rehab, especially the back, Day said Tuesday at Kapalua. "Obviously, that's kind of been plaguing me through my career with regards to having too many withdrawals. But I'm doing everything I possibly can ... and I feel pretty good. I feel fit, and I'm looking forward to a good, solid year.

Along with strengthening his core, Day is trying to shorten his swing.

Day said his swing became longer last year, which meant more turn in his upper body and more swing. Not many others go at it as hard as Day with nearly every club in the bag, from a towering 5-iron, a 9-iron he gouges out of the rough or tee shots that rank him among the top power players in the game.

But it might have come at a cost.

"If you have a lot more turn, a lot more speed and then unwinding, it's a lot more balance through the ball, and that can obviously wreak havoc on your back, as well, he said. "I feel good. I'm not saying that I'm obviously clear and I'm out of the woods, but I'm definitely cautiously optimistic about how things are progressing.

When he returned to practice, he tried to shorten the swing.

That might help him with his core, though he could lose distance, and Day was OK with that. The question is whether he can keep the swing more compact.

"I think I've got enough distance right now to be able to get away with it, he said. "I've just got to keep staying on top of it. It's very, very difficult for me to shorten it right now, because just every time I turn, the hands, they want to keep it going and going and going. …

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