I will admit I didn’t watch the Remax Long Drive Championships last night.
First, I’m not a fan of the “winner-take-all” format that reduces the competition to a desperate lunge at the ball knowing that everyone except the winner is going home empty-handed.
It’s the Hunger Games and a demolition derby rolled into one. Second, last night my worst nightmare came true, as I woke up this morning and saw what had happened.
I watched perhaps five minutes, tuning in just to see the interview Jamie Sadlowski gave after losing to Joe Miller early in the night’s proceedings.
That was enough for me (no insult to to the rest of the competitors) as Joe Miller was the last “big name” swinger remaining, so I switched it off.
Now, let me congratulate Jeff Flagg on his victory over Jeff Crittenden. That said, I can’t imagine a worse outcome for the technical aspects of the golf swing than what happened last night.
Why am I saying that?
Because of this video and the picture I have here in which Jeff Flagg is touting his workout regime. Let me say right now, my friends – do not try this, either at home or at the gym.
Jeff Flagg & The “Back-Breaker”
Every once in a while, you see individuals like Flagg. Graced with athletic talent and an extraordinary degree of flexibility. But that move is death to the overwhelming majority of people.
If you wish to do it, suit yourself. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.
Meanwhile, the guy who came in second and got absolutely nothing for his pains, has a swing that is nearly mechanically flawless.
Jeff Crittenden is 43 years old and he lost by inches with that swing to the 29 year old guy with the back-breaker training (let’s visit Mr. Flagg in 10 years to see how that back is holding up, I remember Tiger Woods being pretty healthy at 29 with the same move – now… not so much).
I’ll take a closer look at J.C.’s swing but this is the swing you want to be watching, not the back-breaker swing. J.C. is able to make the finals of the long drive at 43 with that swing, and that’s in his technique.
The swing is bad to the bone. So close to to MCS model it’s practically the same, but for the minor little things I’d see Jeff change (like that leading foot angle – of course I have critiques!).
But last night was not good for health of many young swingers who will jump on the back-breaker bandwagon.