Golf Analyst Peter Kostis Gives Urban Meyer Advice On His Swing

By DJ Byrnes on June 4, 2014 at 9:07a
27 Comments

Urban Meyer says he loves to play golf in the off-season. Since Meyer is a legendary perfectionist, it's of no surprise he's unsatisfied with his 7-iron play as of late.

For guidance in fixing his swing, Urban has turned to CBS' Peter Kostis. 

So what were some flaws in his mechanics? Here's the video, courtesy of PGATour.com:

Kostis stresses fundamentals are as necessary in football as they are in golf. One problem plaguing Meyer is in his set-up; he's pinching his back leg too much. Meyer's also putting too much weight on his heels. Those two problems are compounding into a major issue before Urban has even begun his back swing.

These problems then lead to a failure to adequately turn his hips; it freezes his midsection and his shoulders are unable to properly turn. The same problem occurs on his down swing. According to Kostis, it's costing him power.

As a finisher and a point of example to emulate, Kostis introduces videos of Ernie Els.


During the long drive challenge at the 2013 Chik-Fil-A Bowl Challenge, Urban finished seventh among coaches.

Here's a GIF from that event; you can see the former professional baseball player coming out in the swing:

OK URBAN

H/T: Wesleyburgess1, JLBNYC

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buckeyedude's picture

I actually thought Meyer's stance was pretty good. Of course, I'm no professional. His lack of flexibility in his hips may have something to do with his age. Urban and were born within a month of each other, so I can relate. I'm sure Mrs. Meyer will be happy to learn that Urban is trying to loosen up his hip action.

 

 

+7 HS
Furious George 27's picture

Its all in the hips....

Yeah, well…that’s just like, your opinion, man.

+4 HS
Bucksfan's picture

I was going to say his swing in slow motion didn't look awful, but that gif is pretty much "yikes."  All arms.

+1 HS
Unky Buck's picture

Man, there is no hip movement in that gif. I'm not a good golfer by any means but I can at least see that, lol. The back swing looks good, but it's that herky, jerky swing going forward that looks off to me. At least he is clearly better than Sir Charles...

 

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BierStube's picture

Kenny Smith .. do'in "the Chuck"

 

"No matter where you go, there you are." B. Banzai

+2 HS
Unky Buck's picture

Haha, even Kenny has a more fluid swing doing "The Chuck"...it's amazing how bad he is.

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charles's picture

Clearly Urbz is showcasing his clutch "three quarter knockdown shot".....so whatever Peter.  

But in all seriousness, it looks like he's staying on plane pretty well.  And good divot action there.

BierStube's picture

I always liked Carl's form

 

"No matter where you go, there you are." B. Banzai

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causeicouldntgo43's picture

Imagine Urban in his backyard (off the 7th fairway of Muirfield Villiage) with his driver swinging at the flowers...."young coach.....toiled in the deserts of Utah, then the swamps of Florida......makes a triumphant return to his native state.....wins 24 games in a row....then.....ITS A NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP.....ITS A NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP...The crowd goes wild!!!!"

+2 HS
sivaDavis's picture

I always have alot of time to practice during my shift.

"I've had smarter people around me all my life, but I haven't run into one yet that can outwork me. And if they can't outwork you, then smarts aren't going to do them much good." - Woody Hayes

RBuck's picture

It's OK Urbz, your swing is better than mine.

"It's just another case of there you are". ~ Doc (1918-2012)

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BierStube's picture

With a little practice .. UFM will be able to do this!

 

"No matter where you go, there you are." B. Banzai

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Remy's picture

Wow. Great shot. My hat is off to the guy with the apple on his head. He's either incredibly brave or an idiot. I'm hoping he's brave.

"I'm sick of following my dreams. I'm just going to ask them where they're goin', and hook up with them later." ~ Mitch Hedberg

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Woodysghost's picture

I think you have to be a little bit of both to volunteer for something like that.  

+1 HS
Remy's picture

"I'm sick of following my dreams. I'm just going to ask them where they're goin', and hook up with them later." ~ Mitch Hedberg

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DJ Byrnes's picture

Thanks Remy; I must have missed that post. I updated it accordingly.

Californian by birth, Marionaire by the Grace of President Warren G. Harding.

BierStube's picture

Sometimes these are amazing

Other times ... not so much!

And after

 

"No matter where you go, there you are." B. Banzai

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charles's picture

I call fake.....why would that guy kneeling not be focusing his attention on the possibility of that guy getting a golf ball up the nose?

GoBucksOSU's picture

There are people out there that are willing to do very stupid things. Even risking getting hit in the face by a golf ball.

charles's picture

Agree....but what percentage of those people are wearing khakis and a polo?  Usually its a "YOLO Bro!" tank top.

This gif reeks of Korn "Freak on a Leash" graphics.

JLBNYC's picture

There is a story about Daly at a pro am, putting on a driving exhibition. There was stadium seating behind him. He tee'd it up but turned around to face the crowd and drove it over their heads.  Had he been  a little off, he could have killed someone.

Klytus21's picture

I have to agree that its a fake.  Look at the shrapnel.  Hard to imagine an apple would shatter like that, and even if it did, there is a lot more "white stuff" than one apple would produce.  Shadows are not accurate and no landing residue.  Fake.

NJBuck

Buckeye Knight's picture

Golf takes a lot of practice...

 

 

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TheShookster's picture

I was a 2 handicap in high school and now I absolutely suck, but I agree with what Kostis said. His swing is on a pretty good plane but theres no hip rotation at all. I think Nick Faldo said once during a golf tournament that you want to have your belt buckle pointed towards your target at the end of the swing. It's a good thing to think about to make sure you complete your follow through. I bet Urban blocks it to the right a lot or tries to correct by flipping his wrists at impact and ends up hitting snap hooks. Just my two cents, what the hell do I know though, haven't had the chance to even go to the driving range in forever!

Whoa Nellie's picture

Roy 'Tin Cup' McAvoy: Well, I tend to think of the golf swing as a poem.

Clint: Ooh, he's doing that poetry thing again.

Roy 'Tin Cup' McAvoy: The critical opening phrase of this poem will always be the grip. Which the hands unite to form a single unit by the simple overlap of the little finger. Lowly and slowly the clubhead is led back. Pulled into position not by the hands, but by the body which turns away from the target shifting weight to the right side without shifting balance. Tempo is everything; perfection unobtainable as the body coils down at the top of the swing. Theres a slight hesitation. A little nod to the gods.

Dr. Molly Griswold: A, a nod to the gods?

Roy 'Tin Cup' McAvoy: Yeah, to the gods. That he is fallible. That perfection is unobtainable. And now the weight begins shifting back to the left pulled by the powers inside the earth. It's alive, this swing! A living sculpture and down through contact, always down, striking the ball crisply, with character. A tuning fork goes off in your heart and your balls. Such a pure feeling is the well-struck golf shot. Now the follow through to finish. Always on line. The reverse C of the Golden Bear! The steel workers' power and brawn of Carl Sandburg's. Arnold Palmer!

Romeo Posar: Unnhh, he's doing the Arnold Palmer thing.

Roy 'Tin Cup' McAvoy: End the unfinished symphony of Roy McAvoy.

“Don’t fear criticism. The stands are full of critics. They play no ball. They fight no fights. They make no mistakes because they attempt nothing. Down on the field are the doers, they make mistakes because they attempt many things.”

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JLBNYC's picture

“Show me a man who plays a good game of golf and I'll show you a man who is neglecting something - John F Kennedy”

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CentralFloridaBuckeye's picture

Well, at least he's a great coach!

Go Bucks!