Updated With a “Note” Halfway Down
The obsession in the video era of creating or maintaining the “lag” in one’s down swing has been one that has ruined many a good swing trying to make it better.
When most people think of lag, they think of simply keeping the “angle” between the shaft and leading forearm as acute as possible until just before impact.
It has been a glorious day for me, my friends. I was swinging the swing stick for the 3rd or 4th time this afternoon, still marveling at now neatly the swing plane falls into its proper slot with the correct down swing sequencing when it happened.
Before I tell you all what “it” was, I want to apologize to my long-time readers – it shouldn’t have taken me this long, but in my defense, I am a left-handed person swinging right-handed.
We all knew that Tiger Woods was going to make his return (again) from his back injury at his own tournament, but there is some buzz afoot as well that Tiger may have abandoned his Olympic weight-lifting routine and gone the way of… a slimmer physique with less muscle.
That is good news, certainly, as you swing a golf club more with technique than with muscle power. The second way leads to incorrect form and eventually injury (not rocket science).
Many people consider the 2000-2001 version of Tiger Woods to be the best, but I prefer the amateur and ’97 just-turned-pro Tiger Woods swing above all the other models he’s had.
To say that he had to change his swing from then is to just not understand mechanics, because the amateur Tiger had the soundest mechanical model for a swing he’s ever had.
The snapping left knee? He had it under Butch, under Haney and Foley, so I don’t see how the swing changes he’s made over the years were done to protect the knee. From the waist down, every swing model he’s had involved the hyper-extending left knee.
I’ve made plenty of reference to having achieved success in flattening my back swing leading arm position at the top, and it was with the work I did on the Wax Golf “Ben Hogan Project” last summer.
I have been building what I believe to be the Ultimate MCS swing model however and I have also mentioned a revelation in mechanical sequencing that I had overlooked heretofore, and which provided the solution to how the down swing, when improperly sequenced, will cause the over-the-top and outside-in problems I’ve had even when driving the ball 350 yards.
I have mentioned Christina Kim in the past, in chief part because of her publicly shared struggle with depression, despite being one of the more colorful personalities on the LPGA Tour.
I was moved to share my own issues living with manic-depression or bipolar disorder myself after Robin William’s passing and I re-mentioned her, and now I’m delighted to have something other that to discuss when mentioning Christina – she’s once again a champion, and a very popular win it was!
You may wonder why something as relatively simple (in mechanical terms) as the golf swing would even require a model. Most people who play golf would look at you blankly if you asked them about a swing model.