My return question would be, “Why doesn’t yours?”
Let me show you a really, really bad swinger, a guy who couldn’t win anything because he was always crossing the parallel line to the target line with his club shaft at the top:
Bobby Jones’ Terrible, Horrible Back Swing
You know, it’s funny how people will obsess over the littlest things in golf, especially the things that mean nothing – the parallel line to the target line – what does that have to do with the fact that you’re swinging a club behind you, away from a ball in front of you?
Pray tell – if the club is in front of you at the address, what does a line parallel to your target line have to do with a proper pivot action?
And let me ask you this – if a golfer with a planted heel and a shaft that is parallel at the top…
– finished his back swing by allowing the leading heel to float and his hips to properly turn to the top – where would his club shaft be pointing then?
So, while the modern swing gurus obsess about meaningless things like shaft position at the top, I just swing the way my body is designed, and the way the classic era golfers swung.
Because the degree of hip turn will affect your club shaft position at the top, all else being equal.
Whoops, someone had better fix Nancy Lopez’ swing there… she’ll find it hard to win anything with that top position…
So, if you are looking to swing a golf club without hurting your back, knees or ankles, there are simple things in the mechanics that the classic players did to avoid those injuries.
They swung properly, for one…
And Bobby Jones retired from golf at the age of 28 with a degenerative back disease that left him wheel-chair bound the last years of his life.
But he won over 60% of the tournaments in which he played while he was able to swing and walk, and all the while with an aching back that got worse over the years – but his back was perfectly fine with his swing.
Meanwhile, we have guys in their 20’s now, most of them built like Adonis, coming down with all manner of shoulder, back and hip/knee problems from swinging clubs lighter than the ones Bobby Jones would have swung.
That should tell you something that the modern swing gurus don’t know – how to swing without damaging your body.
The classic era guys?