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.
It is a nasty, grinding and stretching move for the leg bones and ligaments (ask Tiger Woods, King of the Leading Leg-Snappers and who has a handful of left knee surgeries to go with the title), and the longer you do it to avoid learning a properly leveraged golf swing, the more you will regret it later.
300+ Yard Drives – Proper Leg Extension
I don’t really address my comments to the best players in the world – they won’t listen anyways, and they’re making far too much money to consider a swing change that might even temporarily interrupt that flow.
Jordan Spieth for example has just won two majors in a row and has already earned over $8 million on the course this season – there’s no way he’s going to change his harpoon-and-twist swing until he’s forced to – by worsening performance or injury.
The average player or even the amateur, however – you’re not making $8 million through half a golf season, and you’re not going to be able to buy replacement parts for everything in your body that breaks if you swing improperly…
Big Drives – Stable Leading Leg
With the MCS “Ultimate Leverage” swing model, I can drive a ball over 350 yards, and I’ve been swinging as hard as I can swing for over 10 years now while developing golf models – not one knee, ankle, hip, back or neck injury to be found in all that time.
Three Words – Mechanically-Correct Swing…
Driving a ball 350 doesn’t require a leg snap from me, and certainly when I’m swinging for “playing” purposes, it shouldn’t take a knee-snap move to just drive the ball 300 yards…
Even when I do drive the ball over 350 yards, in addition – you won’t see a hint of jumping, snapping or hyper-extension in my left knee or leg – because I’m leveraging properly, with a proper extension of the leading leg through impact and post-impact phase, and don’t have to do that…
I like my knees and hips and ankles… just saying…