You’ll recall that during Tiger Woods’ last disastrous attempt to return to play on the PGA Tour, I made a tongue-in-cheek suggestion that he might look at another golfer’s swing (one Hideki Matsuyama) and perhaps ask him how to do it, if he insisted on a planted-heel golf swing.
You’ll recall perhaps as well that I posted a look at Brooks Koepka’s action and declared it ‘not the worst ever modern swing,’ but don’t forget what I had to say about even his not-the-worst swing mechanics:
Yes, there is still the rubber-band torso twisting on the back swing, with the loss of proper leveraging position at the top, but what you see is a swinger who, while using a very unsound technique, is swinging under control and not hyper-twisting to the top…
Have you figured it out yet? ‘Cause I’m not going to tell you – why would I encourage even one person to take up a swing like the knee-snapper?
So here, as the Wax Golf Jinx continues, shortly after I write about a modern swinger’s mechanics… injury strikes as if to prove my point. From the rotoworld blog:
Brooks Koepka has withdrawn from the Arnold Palmer Invitational during the final round due to pain associated with a rib injury he sustained on Thursday.
It was reported on Golf Channel on Sunday morning that Koepka dislocated his rib on Thursday.
Even worse, it casts into doubt his ability to play in his first Masters tournament next week.
I must have missed this news with all the buzz around Woods not playing that week.
And this, my friends, is why I will never advocate a modern-style, planted-heel golf swing – even the ones I find to be “not-the-worst,” are still not good.
Risking injury swinging a 13oz golf club is something I can’t fathom. But here’s the basic rule of it:
If you’re hurting yourself swinging a golf club…
You might want to look for a more mechanically-sound swing.