Now, I’ve spent a lot of my blogging time disagreeing with the modern swing because of many different aspects.
But the most glaring example of the modern swing trying to reinvent the wheel and coming up with a square one is the whole “separation” craze on the back swing.
Simply, it’s wrong, it’s physically harmful, and it is simply, just mechanically-incorrect. It’s out of proper sequence. And I know a little about improper sequencing, having suffered from it myself in trying to build a perfected golf swing model.
So, how is the modern separation craze wrong and out of sequence?
You’ll remember the postings I wrote last summer on the Hogan pivot, and how today’s players are not swinging the way Hogan did, with the full-body (some call it the “one-piece takeaway”) back swing.
It led to the Wax Golf “Ben Hogan Project” video, as I couldn’t believe that what was being said about Hogan and his swing wasn’t being corrected or flat out contradicted.
There is separation of the upper and lower bodies during the swing, but it occurs on the down swing transition, not during the back swing.
If you want to know why so many young players today are coming down with serious back and neck injuries so early in their careers, look no further than to this aspect, really.
You’re performing a move, at speeds exceeding 100 mph in the impact phase, and you’re out of mechanical sequence in the lower back.
Get ready for Painsville, next stop.
It’s very simple here – if you separate the lower and upper bodies during the back swing, you have no where to go in the transition to the down swing.
Your upper body is already cranked tightly against the lower, and all the torquing force you put on that lower getting from the top down to impact – damage.
Incremental damage to the region of the body that is required for proper sitting, standing, walking, even lying down. You mess up that lower back, and you’re now paying the ultimate price of not knowing how to swing properly.
Bad backs are not a byproduct of playing golf. Bad backs are not guaranteed just for participating in the game.
Bad backs are a product of bad swings.