“PS – I’m not saying today’s instructors are all deliberately selling snake oil. But when you get to a certain level, you should know this is a bogus swing method.
So I can break modern golf instructors down into two camps: They are either A) Guys who don’t know enough about a proper golf swing to teach the swing at all or B) Guys who know better but want to complicate it so they’re never out of work.
I don’t think much of either group, but at least one of them is honest… in a way…”
I had said that I couldn’t think of a passage off-hand to reference John Christensen’s new book “Perfect Swing, Imperfect Lies” about the life of Mike Austin. I have thought of the perfect passage, and not because it relates to Mike Austin, but as it relates to the state of modern golf instruction.
I’ve told you that the modern golf swing is, in my personal opinion, either the child of idiots or an out-an-out scam. That is based simply on my inability to fathom how the modern golf swing is taught and advocated not only by its teachers but so-called kinesiology and fitness experts.
Well, why don’t you just read this truncated passage from John’s book, which I am limiting in words to accord with fair use:
According to PGA of America senior writer Bob Denney, the PGA has invited teaching pros to address its annual meeting only twice.
The first was Ernest Jones…But Jones’ presentation to the PGA in November 1950 alarmed its members because his method was simpler and less time-consuming than body-focused instruction.
At a time when the average pro was giving 600 lessons a year, Jones was averaging 3,000, and Smith (who served as the PGA president from 1952 to 1954) told Jones that his method was “too simple. We wouldn’t sell enough lessons.”
Christensen, John (2013-11-24). Perfect Swing, Imperfect Lies: The Legacy of Golf’s Longest Hitter (Kindle Locations 971-975). . Kindle Edition.
The bold and underline are mine. So, you have a man who headed the PGA of America (the teaching pros, the playing pros are part of the PGA Tour) telling an accomplished instructor after his presentation to them on the golf swing that his method was “too simple” and that they “wouldn’t sell enough lessons.”
This is not a hunch, or a bold-faced and false accusation. I am highlighting the words of the later President of the PGA of America when he spoke to Jones.
You can imagine why they stopped asking people to address their annual meetings…
Remember that quote, my friends, the next time someone calls you a conspiracy theorist for saying the modern swing is a scam.
The industry simply has no interest in teaching a proper golf swing, because it’s too easy to teach and maintain.
And I invite anyone from the PGA of America to say different.
And perhaps now you’ll understand my frustration with and disdain for Tiger Woods’ golf swing. It is a complete and utter farce, and the greatest golfer in the history of the game has one of the worst swings of any of the greats, and all because he can’t see through the same marketing hype that has his fans paying $400 to buy just a version of the Driver he carries in his bag but refuses to use…
Talk about comic tragedy…