You hear all of the praise in TV announcers’ analyses of the “jumping bean” swingers on Tour who like to think they are generating awesome power and leverage with the leading leg “snap” through impact.
What you’re doing, in actuality, is compensating for a swing model that has you out of optimal leveraging position coming into impact, and so you have to hyper-extend the leading leg to get the lead hip and shoulder back to allow clearance of the right side.
Part of the reason hardly anyone on Tour can drive it the way Jack Nicklaus did in his day (if you take persimmon and balata era drives that Jack hit, perhaps 2 or 3 players today could even come close when you factor in the equipment tech advancements since then, not to mention the run-out fairways that are quicker than yesteryear’s greens) is that he had a huge back swing.
Jack Nicklaus wasn’t as long a hitter as, say, Sam Snead, but he was a power player for sure, and he blew it past even players like Arnie Palmer as a young gun.
Whereas Palmer player bomb and gouge golf compared to the likes of Hogan and Byron Nelson, Nicklaus was a long driver who like to keep it in play, and he used his prodigious length off the tee to overpower courses.
Number 1 and simplest reason – they don’t commit to it.
2nd reason? They don’t commit to it.
3rd reason? They don’t know what to change or how, thinking that you can remove a swing flaw from a moving motion by simply deciding to.
Let me tell you a little something that the teaching gurus don’t tell you – without completely overhauling your swing, you aren’t going to change anything, and if you don’t make the commitment to see it through, you’re dead in the water to begin with.
Originally Posted February 1, 2015 – but I could have just written this after Tiger’s Memorial performance… /update
Of course the title is tongue-in-cheek, but it goes to show you that even a guy who is supposedly working towards his PhD in Biomechanics thinks that the laws of those same biomechanical principles are not really laws… because they change when it comes to the golf swing!
This wedge impact picture tells you all you need to know about why a swing model like MCS “Ultimate Leverage” gives you such consistency with your wedges through the long irons.
Especially with the wedges, when you have a model that lets you swing to the swing bottom in the same way, you quickly gain an understanding of just how consistent and accurate you can make your swing game.