« [New swing coach Pete Cowen] saw me grow up swinging the golf club. I don’t think he has any preconceptions in his head about how I should swing… I just felt it was a natural fit in terms of Pete knowing my goal, ”said McIlroy, after his 4 and 3 victory over Lanto Griffin at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play. “His short game expertise is amazing too, and I think just picking up those little nuggets of him is only going to help him in the long run. ”
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McIlroy also explained that Cowen’s swing philosophy was what he was trying to work on right now, including a focus on the downswing and right arm structure. An extended session of working on these philosophies on the Austin Country Club lineup after his loss on Day 1 – he hit 11 bags of balls – seemed to help and he remains in the chase to move forward until the weekend with a win on Friday. .
“I doubt a session will be that profitable, but I think it’s just a process, and it’s something I’m going to have to keep doing every day and put my faith and confidence in that what I feel like I’m trying to do is the right thing, ”he said.
McIlroy has also clarified the role of longtime swing coach Michael Bannon in his camp going forward.
“Michael is like a second father to me. Michael and I’s deal is still the same, ”he said. “It’s just the fact that I haven’t been able to see it that much lately, and then the times I have it I feel like every time we’ve seen each other it’s almost like we were trying to do too much.