Jason Day – Almost As Good As It Gets

????????????????I’ve wanted to take a look at Jason Day’s swing for some time as he is a young and talented power swinger on the PGA Tour, but recent injury problems with his thumb kept him out of play for a bit, and it wasn’t logical to look at his swing while he nursed an injury anyways.

He seems to have recovered, and I found a slow motion face-on swing of his, and my initial suspicions were confirmed – Day will likely run into lower back and/or leading knee issues as he gets older, if not sooner.

Part of the reason is how hard he swings.  He rips at the ball, and while his setup and mechanics are nearly flawless, the “modern swing” part of his move is what will catch up with him sooner or later if he keeps on.

Jason Day Swing – Slow Motion

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Remember, we all feel immortal in our early-to-mid 20’s, and the damage we inflict on our bodies is oftentimes cumulative, meaning you begin to feel the effects after it’s too late to stop the damage.

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Jason has a great setup, with left-biased position, except for the leading foot.

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He’s got a very quick, almost violent change of direction from the top to begin the down swing, and here is where his weightlifting comes to the rescue as he muscles the club down and into impact, good Trebuchet Drop and staying with the head (and the impact position shows why JD’s the highest-ball hitter on the Tour, look at that launch angle with driver!) but then there’s that lower back twisting as he comes to the finish.

A little foot twisting is expected of course on the finish, and again we see the hyper-extending leading knee.  I don’t envy his left hip joint in a few years.

Jason Day is a fine player but he will likely run into physical issues due to the violence of his swing combined with the mechanically unsound things he’s doing.

The things I’ve pointed out likely contribute to his being a great player who just can’t seem to make it across the finish line in the majors (or even regular events, this kid should have ten wins with a swing like that).  The things I mention, the restricted pivot and the violent change of direction at the top, will cause consistency issues, and especially on weekends when under the gun.

Still, a pretty good swing from a very talented young player.  Nearly as good as it gets…

 

 

 

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8 thoughts on “Jason Day – Almost As Good As It Gets

    1. D Watts Post author

      I saw a profile on him during the PGA Championship, really made an impression. Seems like a good solid young man. And yes, he’s a powerhouse.

    1. D Watts Post author

      Apologies to Jason, no jinx was intended. But that’s a violent down swing, gotta make sure it’s mechanically-correct to stay healthy.

      Just saying…

  1. buddhabob

    It’s funny, I know Jason has mentioned in an interview how much he admires Jamie Sadlowski and is amazed by him, why then doesn’t he lift that left heel off the ground then and do a basic shift and post?

    I don’t get it, all these guys swing with feet planted in fast drying cement and its why woods will just continue spiraling down because virtually all the teachers are going with the crank and rubber-band school.

    They think its more accurate and controlled and also more powerful and none of them have yet to answer how it was that Snead and Nelson,Palmer, Nicklaus, etc all had noticeable heel lifting going on yet most of those guys were deadly accurate, consistent and injury free.

    1. peterallenby2013

      BT – Tell me why,oh why, today’s Tour stars don’t look at the swing motions of the greatest players that played the game?? Didn’t you, as a professional player look at one point at Ben Hogan, Sam Snead, Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson, Gary Player, Byron Nelson and on and on and on?? These guys aren’t hickory era players with swings that you dismiss as only suited for that shaft and time.

      It would be so illuminating to hear you, as a guy making a living playing as well as teaching, tell us what prompted you to look at and investigate Mike Austin’s swing and to find the maestro and sultan of swing, DJ Watts..Are today’s pros NOT seeing what happens to their contemporaries bodies over time? Or do they think it too big a risk to change – i.e., get the $$ while the getting is good and what I break down go sell real estate??!

      DJ RULES as a voice of common sense and a teacher of an extremely powerful golf swing motion…
      Given the relatively small following DJ has (growing, but not fast enough!), I just wonder if imagination and common sense have been extinguished in Tour players today…Isn’t there at least one of two outside of BT who see that this modern motion will limit your career?

      1. D Watts Post author

        Big Toilet is traveling today, Peter, and playing in the SC PGA Championship starting tomorrow through Wednesday. I’m sure he’ll have time to address your comments in a few days when everything calms down.

        He’s charging hard at this one, but I consider it a free-roll considering we’re only a few weeks into working together again. But this time around, the way BT’s seized the floating pivot method with such ease, there’s a different feeling to what we’re doing.

        As to your question about other pros – when they see someone swinging with such ease in comparison to today’s tortured models, and excelling, that is when the tide will shift.

        After seeing his latest swings, I have a hunch that Jerry Crowell may be the pro who opens their eyes to the MCS swing method. I’ll be posting a better gif. of his change of direction and down swing into impact later today, and it is really, really something.

        By the time we’re done, his swing will be widely admired and envied…

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