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!
If you want to know why Tiger Woods looks like a 20-handicap right now, it’s because of this modern swing nonsense. Because that’s what it is.
I just finished reading Chris Como’s Tips on how to “pure it” with your irons, on Golf Digest online, and the first one, I had no complaints with until I actually read past the title:
1. “Set Your Left Side Higher” – this seems to be a great suggestion, because I talk about the tilted spine at address, and the right shoulder being lower than the left…so that makes perfect sense.
But then he writes, “At address for an iron shot, position your left side higher…”
So, just the iron shots?
I disagree. Violently. The swing is the swing, whether with an iron or Driver. The only thing that changes is how you adjust for the club. But why would you want to swing a driver with your shoulders level?
Well, I guess that solves the mystery of why Tiger sets up with such a vertical spine position with his driver, and the left shoulder barely higher than the right. But look at his impact position with the driver.
So, just the irons, Chris?
That’s why your guy has a two-way miss going on.
The 2nd and most egregious whopper in this piece:
2. “Turn And Stay In Place.” – I’ll just repeat what it is in this particular segment that aggravates me to no end: “Your hip and shoulder turns should feel big and free (below), but your right foot and leg need to stay stable.”
I would like someone, anyone, to explain to me in physical or scientific terms how exactly you can make a “big and free” hip move while keeping your right leg stable at the same time, especially when you’ve nailed your left heel to the ground.
Is your right leg attached to those hips?
If so, how do you you turn the hips without the right leg moving?
The answer, of course, it that you can’t turn the hips with a “big and free” move while keeping one of the attached legs ‘stable.’ It’s physically impossible.
Which is probably why Como has such a grotesque rubber-band stretch going on here – how else are you going to turn your shoulders while keeping your right leg stable at the same time?
I’ll tell you where it comes from as well – Ben Hogan, of course. Hogan talked about keeping the right hip stable, but what he meant was that it shouldn’t slide or shift to the right on the back swing.
Look at Hogan’s swing here – are you telling me his right leg was stable on the back swing? Look at that right hip moving quite significantly, back and behind him.
Instead, all of these modern swing guys are interpreting that to mean you don’t let the right leg move on the back swing. They look at the face-on angle of Hogan’s swing and the right leg looks to not move much (look above again) on the back swing.
And Hogan’s left shoulder? Higher than the right…
Which is impossible even for the modern swing – the right leg will move, whether you want it to or not. Hogan had huge motion in his hips, and his right leg was not ‘stable.’
Everyone’s right leg has motion. Even Tiger’s.
But if you’re trying to keep your left heel nailed to the ground and still perform a hip turn while keeping the right leg stable, you know what you will end up doing, don’t you?
You’ll end up restricting your hip turn, and then will have to “rubber-band” your torso against those hips to get past half-way in the back swing.
In other words, you’ll be Tiger Woods.
Now you know why you need a PhD in Biomechanics to teach a simple pivot in the modern golf swing. You’ll need it, if you’re changing laws and stuff.
You have to love golf.
It’s the only sport where the instructors and experts can literally change the laws of physics in their instruction, and not only not be laughed out of business – they get to raise their going rate for instruction.