If you want any proof just how damaging the modern conventional swing can be to the body, you only have to look at far as Michelle Wie, whose physical ailments have been documented here as she breaks down.
And breaking down she is, like a used rental car on a cross-country trip. The thing people don’t seem to have done is ask themselves why everything about Wie-zee is “left…”
I want to congratulate Jason Day, first of all, for that excellent finish at the RBC Canadian Open (birdied last 3 holes) in his victory by one stroke over Bubba Watson (who birded 4 of the last 5 holes, incredibly) and two over David Hearn (who couldn’t pull the putter back to make a stroke on the front 9).
Sometimes a picture can destroy without even the need for words, the very flawed and dangerous concepts of the modern swing instruction industry.
This picture, I view as one such photo. Here are Arnie, Jack and Bobbynear the tops of their respective back swings. Three players who absolutely dominated their own generations in terms of their swings, and look at them.
In the ten years I’ve been studying the golf swing and building swing models, I’ve yet to come across anything more destructive to natural swinging, more disruptive to the kinetic chain, more problem-causing and injury-dealing than this move in golf.
It’s the worst move in modern swing theory, and it’s what really separates modern swing theory gibberish from solid, classic-era swing theory.
And that move is the planted-leading-heel back swing.
You only have to look at the three swingers named in the blog posting if you’re trying to figure out what mechanically-correct swings look like and how the best of the classic era used MCSswing motions beautifully.
If you’re looking for the pivot action and the right side, Ben Hogan will do very nicely. If you’re looking for leading side leverage and the pivot, then go to Jack Nicklaus.