I was discussing the swing this afternoon with Jerry “Big Toilet” Crowell and something came up that has been bugging the stuffing out of me since I became intimately acquainted with the “modern golf swing.”
This is simply: It is madness to try to perfect a golf swing model which the human body is not designed to copy.
The modern golf swing with the separating upper and lower halves, and the planted leading foot back swing are not natural moves and no amount of biomechanical analysis and experimentation will change that fact.
I can not understand for the life of me how a person attains a kinesiology degree and/or something similar (biomechanics) and then proceeds to tout a “model” of a golf swing that involves either or both of the above-mentioned components.
These guys are alchemists trying to turn manure into gold.
It is not only illogical, it shows how you can learn everything in a school except common sense – you do not build models that are harmful to the machine you wish to perform the action.
That is malpractice, in my own insignificant opinion.
How do you get a degree in anything sports-related and teach the modern golf swing? Wouldn’t the first thing you learned back then was how the muscles and joints work?
If you did…
Why are you teaching the modern golf swing?
So what about Tiger Woods and his early swing that I always say was his best?
Wasn’t it a modern swing?
Yes it was, but it was more mechanically-sound than anything he’s doing now, and I’ve always said, you can swing with a planted foot when you’re young, but as you get older, you will incur injuries if you don’t change that.
Tiger Woods had a great swing for a modern swing, but that left knee snapping and the lower back compression from the torso-hip separation was causing incremental damage to his joints even back then.
And now, look where he is.
What Tiger had back then was a great address position from which to then make that modern swing.
At least if he was swinging with a bad model, he was using a proper address position from which to do it.
That meant less damage, but damage nonetheless.
The modern swing will produce a generation of swingers, perhaps a couple more if things don’t change, with injuries and chronic, disabling ailments that they don’t have to risk if they will only learn a mechanically-sound swing.
But I guess I’ll watch the madness continue a while longer…