My first choice of title for this posting was “Who Is This Clown?” but prudence prevailed.
This, my friends, is why you can’t learn proper golf mechanics from the modern swing guys, whether they’re teaching it or announcing the pro events.
They have no clue what they’re talking about. Either that or they’re deliberately misleading people.
There is a guy announcing the Friday morning PGA Championship coverage of the McIlroy/Spieth/Johnson group online at PGA Tour online – I don’t know who it is (the accent seems New England-ish and familiar, but I won’t say the name until I know for sure), and he is so completely inept, I had write this posting before my head exploded.
Take a look at this picture:
Now, let me tell you what this “analyst” had to say about Rory McIlroy’s swing,
and I’m paraphrasing because I don’t have the audio to replay and here are his exact words:
“Now watch the amount of upper body rotation you get …you’re gonna see as he goes back, it’s all upper body rotation… look at how much his body has turned, his upper body has rotated right there – you can see the ripples of the shirt, that’s telling you that he’s separating the upper body from the lower body…”
Now, take a look again at this picture, and let me draw some lines of my own:
Do you see the very significant hip turn that Rory has at the top, making his left femur point in nearly the same direction as his shoulder line?
That is a big hip turn. Rory has also begun to float his heel, as you would have seen in a close-up on his left foot during a driver swing.
Now if you’re wondering why this analyst is claiming in the face of actual video that Rory is rubber-banding his torso to get that shoulder turn, so am I.
In fact, my posting for today, if I could get a good enough look at Rory swinging to get some pics, was going to be “Rory McIlroy’s swing is nearly completely mechanically-correct now…”
Imagine my surprise to hear that Rory isn’t putting any hip rotation into his swing. I need to go get my eyes or ears checked.
What that analyst said was complete and absolute bunk.
And it’s either because he isn’t even looking at the lower body as he talks about Rory’s shoulder turn, or he’s ignoring Rory’s big hip turn just to continue to push the modern swing talking points.
Rory now has a floating heel with his driver (different from the MCS floating heel, because Rory is still standing with squarish foot angles to the target line instead of flaring them, and that leads to a different action), and he’s got significant hip turn in the back swing.
That’s why his lead leg is no longer jumping and snapping, and the slight twist of the foot is due to the square position coming through impact.
Take a look at another picture, with the longer yellow dash indicating roughly where Rory’s zipper line would be at address, and the pink dash indicating roughly where it is when he’s at the top.
How on earth does Rory get such a big bend in the leading leg (while the right one is fairly straight) at the top, and move his navel that far to the right, without his hips turning?
He couldn’t, so they are, is the proper answer.
Remember what I’ve said about modern golf changing the rules of physics to suit its theory. Now, we’re to believe that because some talking head on TV says Rory isn’t turning his hips, that this is the case.
There is hardly any rubber-banding left in Rory’s swing, it is so much better than a year ago, I can’t believe I’m watching the same player when he swings down and through to the finish.
Rory has done great work in the month since his ankle injury, and if he flares that leading foot even a tad, or a tad more than what it is… he’ll be very, very dominating for years to come.
And I couldn’t be more delighted, because the better Rory’s swing gets, the closer he’s getting to complete mechanical-soundness.
So don’t let these bobble-heads tell you something that is patently untrue.
Rory’s top position is impossible without the hips having turned. I can’t believe I have to write this.
Back to televised golf and the insane babbling that comes with it.
Here’s Rory at the top on a DTL shot I just snagged from the coverage. My only question to Michael Breed would be, “Really? All upper body rotation? No hip turn there?”
I guess Rory sets up with his hips pointing that far to the right, if he doesn’t turn them during his back swing.
Whoops… That Looks Like A BIG Hip Turn There…
And to think, this analyst is teaching people…
Note: And I was right, it was Michael Breed giving that egregious analysis of Rory’s back swing pivot.
The same Michael Breed whose manic modern golf swing “lessons” on the Golf Channel have surely done a good deal of… something…