I watched part of the David Leadbetter swing video from the blog posting on his new “A” Swing, and I heard that he’d done tons of work with biomechanics specialists on this swing.
That figures, I thought.
Because golf biomechanics and golf-related kinesiology are so lacking in anything “proper,” it is astounding that most of the world’s biomechanics experts haven’t called out modern golf “biomechanical” work as pure bilge.
Perhaps they’ve fallen into the same trap. Which is:
Golf Biomechanics Begins With a False Premise
And which premise is that?
The premise, wherever it arose, that the “perfect” golf swing has a planted leading heel on the back swing, combined with twisting the torso against the restricted hips to create the coil at the top.
And so what they are doing, in fact, is studying the best way to swing with a flawed mechanical action (keeping the leading heel planted).
They’re studying how best to break your back, in essence.
And doing a cracking job of it, as someone as young and supple as Michelle Wie is coming down with hip issues in her mid-20’s…
And where, may I ask, does any other athletic swinging motion require planted leading heels?
NOWHERE, is the answer.
The greatest players and swingers of all time, in golf’s history, have been swingers who let their leading heel lift naturally on the back swing.
Tiger Woods, by the way, is only “great” having played and won majors with a planted heel swing because virtually everyone else out there is now swinging the same way – and someone has to win the tournament, even if they all play swinging opposite-handed and backwards.
That doesn’t mean the way he’s doing it is the proper way.
Fact: Ben Hogan is the most widely studied swinger, and even the modern swing pushers are constantly talking about Hogan.
When Hogan was a floating heel swinger, and never swung with a deliberately planted leading heel…
Go ahead – I dare anyone to tell me Hogan swung with a planted heel with his longer clubs (a half-swing with an iron or wedge might not require the heel to lift).
Go ahead and tell me Hogan’s heel is planted swinging with his longer clubs…
In golf, if someone says something enough times, it becomes fact, even if it couldn’t be further from the truth. Hogan floated his heel, and anyone who says different either doesn’t know anything about looking at video, or they’re selling snake oil packaged as “Hogan-proper.”
You want to be like Hogan?
Let that heel float.
Fact: You can’t turn the hips with a planted heel, without sliding over the leading foot. And that is not a pivot…
If you aren’t using your hips on the back swing, you’re swinging with your back and core muscles.
No other sport would do that when the primary pivoting comes through the lower body, turning the hips back and forth for the rotary power production.
So, this is why I don’t have any time for “Biomechanics” when it comes to golf.
Every one, every swing, every “expert,” begins with a planted heel back swing.
Making all of it and and all of them completely, utterly, bogus.
That would be like using biomechanics to figure out the best way to run backwards, without ever considering the mechanics behind a front-facing running stride.
Ass-backwards, I call it.
But hey – that’s modern golf theory and “science.”