Rory McIlroy – Modern Swing Claims Another Victim

Originally published on the Smash Golf blog Feb 09, 2010

I wrote a post last year about Rory McIlroy’s golf swing and what I didn’t like about it.

Back then, I wrote about his action through the impact zone,

“This is where the lower back compression causes the stress on the back and may lead to injury as Rory ages, but since he’s young and flexible, it hasn’t yet taken its toll…”

Rory at Impact – Iron


Rory McIlroy Hitting an Iron Shot


Word is now coming out that I may have been mistaken about how long Rory would have before incurring some sort of lower back injury. I thought he might have a couple or several years due to his youth and athleticism, but he’s apparently already hurting.

Here’s what I’m reading in the U.K.’s Guardian publication;

Rory McIlroy, the young Ulsterman anointed by many as a future world No1, suffered the first injury setback of his professional career yesterday, under­going a scan for a back injury caused by over-practising in his efforts to get ready for the new season.

The 20-year-old, whose long and fluid swing has long given rise to concerns he might put too much strain on his back, underwent the scan at a Belfast hospital last night. “This is something we have been aware about for a long time and we are on top of it. It is a problem, but it is very manageable,” a spokesman for McIlroy said last night…

I don’t know how manageable a lower back injury will be for a young man who should be in the flower of his athletic life, and who will continue to swing the way he does.

I hate the modern swings I see on the professional tours.  This is why.