Fred Couples and the 5 Smoothest Swings in Golf

Joseph SeymourContributor IIIMarch 7, 2012

Fred Couples and the 5 Smoothest Swings in Golf

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    The golf swing, when performed correctly, is a thing of beauty.  There are so many mechanics and movements that have to be performed a certain way in order to achieve that thing of beauty however.

    There are some players whose swing makes them look like complete hackers, yet they find a way to put it all together and be successful.

    Jim Furyk and Arnold Palmer are good examples of the ugly, but efficient golf swing.

    Well, we're not here to talk about the ugly today.

    We're going to pay homage to those players whose swings are so smooth and effortless that they leave amateurs and professionals alike jealous and mesmerized.

Steve Elkington

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    Steve Elkington may have the most mechanically sound swing ever in PGA history.

    With 10 PGA Tour victories, including a PGA Championship victory in 1995, Elkington has the hardware to back up the swing.

    Because of his seemingly effortless textbook swing, Steve also has one of the prettiest to watch.

Vijay Singh

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    Vijay Singh has had a rough go at it the past couple of years.  His putting has left him, and he's made some very unnecessary swing changes that just haven't clicked.

    That being said, Vijay continues to have one of the smoothest most rhythmic golf swings on tour.

    With 34 PGA Tour victories and three majors, Vijay has solidified himself not only in the smoothest swing club, but also the World Golf Hall of Fame where he was inducted in 2006.

Retief Goosen

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    For such a rigid competitor and zombie-like personality, Retief Goosen has a silky smooth golf swing.

    A little unorthodox, Goosen flares his right elbow a bit at the top of his swing but manages to bring it down on plane and does so with seemingly little effort and a lot of style.

    Goosen's swing has won him 44 professional tournaments including 2 U.S. Opens.

Ernie Els

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    They don't call this guy "The Big Easy" for nothing.

    Ernie's beautiful golf swing can be attributed to his perfect rhythm and timing.

    Ernie has 64 professional tournament wins including three Majors.

Fred Couples

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    The most fluid, rhythmic and smoothest golf swing you'll ever see belongs to Champions Tour star Fred Couples.

    Fred's movement seems effortless.  There is no rushing.  There is no jerking of the club in any way.

    While his swing is a thing of beauty to watch, it's definitely not a swing that everyone should try and emulate.

    Fred's swing, although very effective, is completely unorthodox.

    He and his unorthodox swing do however have 53 professional wins including a 1992 win at the Masters.