The Modern Swing Must Go

modern-golferOriginally posted at DJ Watts Golf on March 13, 2013.

I don’t know any other way to put it, but I can’t wait for the Modern Golf Swing era to end.

It is harmful because it doesn’t use mechanically-sound principles.

There’s no other way to put it.

Or I can put it this way:

There is no other action or motion on this earth that is taught to people where they turn their torsos against a resisting lower body and then apply huge forces to rotate in the opposite direction.

All for the purposes of swinging a 13 oz golf club.

Why is it that classic swing golfers can still hit a tee shot at Augusta National in their 70’s and 80’s when many Modern Golf Swingers will need wheelchairs at that age, forget about hitting a drive on the first day?

It is obvious that golfers such as Jack Nicklaus, Ben Hogan, Tom Watson, Bubba Watson, Vijay Singh, Phil Mickelson and every golfer before the 1980’s didn’t swing/don’t swing differently now from the way the swing is taught today.

Ben Hogan’s Classic Action


Why aren’t people teaching what Bobby Jones taught?  Or the way he would have swung? He swung mechanically-properly in the classic style.

Byron Nelson? Sam Snead? Again, Jack Nicklaus?  The greatest golfer of all time, and his swing isn’t something to emulate?

Really?  I’d like to have seen that memo when it went out…

Jack Nicklaus retired from golf with the same golf swing that he had essentially, at 10 years of age.  Funny, it worked for him, and it was easy enough for him to groove at a pretty young age.

Tiger Woods is still figuring out the modern golf swing.  It’s been about 25 years now.  Trust me, he’ll still be figuring in five years.  That’s not to knock his athletic talent – it can’t be done, you will always have to compensate somewhere and be risking injury due to the separation of hips and torso.

Watch this physical therapist describe what not do do in a golf swing – notice how every thing he advises against is part of the modern golf swing – flexed knees, twisting lower back, crouched posture, wide stance – listen to the doctor.

Think of all the injuries you’ve incurred over the years, swinging a 13 oz golf club.

And start to re-think the way you swing the golf club.