Sep
9
2012
Rory vs. Louis: Who has the sweetest swing of them all?
By Stephanie Wei under FedEx Cup

Oosty ousts Rory in this race

In case you missed it, I wrote a story on Golf.com last week (earlier this week, whatever) on the battle for the purest swing in golf between Rory McIlroy and Louis Oosthuizen, who were paired together for two straight days at the Deustche Bank Championship.

I presented the question to a dozen or so Tour players following Monday’s final round and all acknowledged it was obviously a tough call — with the exception of the two guys who refused to entertain the fun topic (one of whom nearly bit my head off and was strangely defensive and/or offended; no names but he may or may not have snagged the last spot to advance to the BMW Championship).

For golf geeks, it’ll come as no surprise that Louis’ pure swing won decisively.

“Both have great attributes, and they’re quite different,” said Adam Scott, whose swing is also considered one of the best on Tour. “I’ll say Rory only because I think he’s going to be able to hit a few more kinds of shots, but Louis’ swing is beautiful.”

Oosthuizen, the sweet-swinging South African, has a simple and compact swing, which many consider the most fundamentally sound on the Tour.

Jim Furyk, known for his unconventional action, opted to stay neutral, but he spoke of his appreciation for both swings.

“Louis has power, but he’s also extremely rhythmic,” said Furyk. “He hits the ball both ways. I don’t know if there’s (a swing) fundamentally better in the world.

“Rory hits the ball right-to-left, and I don’t see him cut the ball much, but he’s more explosive and has the ability to really light it up when he gets hot.”

World No. 2 Luke Donald and Ernie Els also weighed in. Read what they had to say here.

Now your turn — who has the fundamentally better swing? Or whose do you prefer? I think it’s safe to guess that most of us aren’t picky and we’d take either.

 (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)