I really didn’t set out to jinx Jason Day, who withdrew yesterday from the BMW Championship with a back injury. I really hate it when I look at a golfer’s swing and point out things that may spell physical trouble down the line – and then it happens.
I didn’t even know about this until the Big Toilet sent me a text yesterday, as I was occupied with other matters. But yes, Jason Day’s hard-ripping swing action has come home to roost in the form of a back injury.
It shouldn’t be a surprise, because despite his very good swing mechanics, about which I had just finished writing a few days back, his swing is very hard on the back and lower body because of the whole modern swing thing that is the very bane of golf at this moment.
So, from the Golf Channel online:
Jason Day withdrew from the BMW Championship Friday with a back injury after hitting a shot to the ninth green.
Day was playing in pain all day, struggling with a back injury that he said flared up Thursday. It’s the latest physical malady for the Australian in a frustrating season full of them.
This isn’t fortune telling. It’s pattern recognition. When you see people doing things that are not good for the body, it’s a matter of time before it catches up with them, for the most part.
In the past years, I’ve written about Rory McIlroy, Michelle Wie, Louis Oosthuizen, Rickie Fowler, Tiger Woods and Matt Kuchar, among the players who come to mind, and exactly what I was concerned about with their particular swings led to exactly what I said might happen with that kind of swing. Again, it’s simply a matter of observing something and saying, “That’s not going to be good in the long run…”
It’s just bad luck and coincidence that Jason has hurt himself just as I was talking about him, but that’s the nature of swinging without being mechanically-correct.
Once again, the planted-heel rubber-band modern swing is poison. If you aren’t swinging this way, don’t. And if you are, find a swing coach who can move you to a healthier version of what you’re doing.
Again, Jason’s putting a lot of stress on his lower back with the planted-heel back swing.
We all know what happens when you take a piece of metal and twist it back and forth enough times.
This is your back with the modern golf swing.
Look at the X’s I drew on this picture of Tiger Woods when I wrote about his swing last year. He’d already had issues with the leading knee and left achilles, but where did I draw the third X, long before he required lower back surgery this past spring?
It’s not hard to predict when looking at that follow-through position.
And here is the trap: It is easy for young golfers to swing this way as kids and youths, because of their natural flexibility.
But as their bodies age and stiffen, the same swing they performed with ease at 16 becomes a back-breaker by 26. And at 36, you become Tiger Woods, held together with baling wire and duct tape.
Add to that the incremental damage inflicted through all those years of swinging, and it’s a pretty bleak picture for the long-term physical well-being of today’s hard-hitting modern style swingers.
They’re all a bad swing away from traction and back surgery.