Who Is The Guy Announcing PGA Tour Online? (Updated 2X)

rory mcilroy topUpdate #1 at Bottom, Update #2 beneath the first picture of Rory @ the top**

Rant Alert.

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:

rory mcilroy top


Update #2:

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:

rory addr-top


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.

rory mcilroy top1


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.

**Update #1:

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.

rory top dtl


Whoops… That Looks Like A BIG Hip Turn There…

rory addr-top dtl


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…

Big surprise…


14 thoughts on “Who Is The Guy Announcing PGA Tour Online? (Updated 2X)

    1. D Watts Post author

      I actually haven’t seen much of that, zoots – granted the angles haven’t been the greatest. You might just be seeing leg extension, which is perfectly fine as long as you don’t hyper-extend.

      Much quieter left foot is what I’ve been noticing.

  1. zoots15

    There is a good angle on the drive on the 5th. Snaps it pretty good. You can rewind your stream (about an inch) and have a look

    1. D Watts Post author

      Well, don’t I feel the fool? I didn’t know you could rewind the feed! I’m going back to get Breed’s exact comments on that 17th hole tee shot. Then I’ll check what you’re saying about Rory on the 5th hole.

      Thanks for that tip, zoots! 🙂

    2. D Watts Post author

      Yes, that was a definite snap-and-twist, zoots. He hasn’t been doing that, but when you’re going after the ball that hard as he did on the 5th, that squared leading foot is going to be an issue.

      Last flaw to fix, and he’s in the clear…

      1. zoots15

        Still hasn’t figured out he doesn’t need to snap the knee in order to clear the left hip. Just another guy that needs to look you up…

    1. D Watts Post author

      You have to remember that these guys are the “experts” in their field, JC – so who’s to call them out? It’s the blind leading the blind…

    1. D Watts Post author

      I have no idea what he thinks that comparison is going to do for the people watching the show.

      I mean, if they can’t even tell that Rory’s hips are turning on the back swing, Rory’s shaft angle at the top of the back swing isn’t going to do much for their game.

      Then he finishes it off with this non-sequitur:

      “Very similar motions – very different in how they get there…”

      How on earth can they be similar motions if they’re getting from the top to impact very differently?

      Plus, my mother has a very thick French-Canadian accent, so that kind of thing doesn’t bother me – the guy just gives me a headache, and it has very little to do with his “Stahp it at the tahp, watch the shaht…” 😉

  2. Laser

    Psychologically, there are a couple of things going on here. #1 is that it takes guts to observe that “the emperor has no clothes.” #2 is that you usually see what you expect to see. For someone who is immersed in conventional instruction, they expect to see verification of it…even when the opposite is true.

    We’ve also got over-reliance on video to the exclusion of athletics and common sense.

    You thought that your new system will be quickly be pirated and take the world by storm. Maybe not.

    The doctor who invented washing hands (Ignaz Semmelweis) was drummed out of the medical profession. He wasn’t vindicated until 30 years later.

    1. D Watts Post author

      Laser, I wouldn’t say so much “pirated” as taking the mechanically-sound principles to build a swing. This is the thing – once you see what is proper and you understand it, there’s no reason not to do it that way.

      That’s why everyone is using Fosbury’s flop in the high jump now. It’s been shown to be the superior technique, and so anyone wanting to excel will naturally want to learn and use it.

      If people watch “Kinesiology” and still want to swing in a way that damages their bodies or simply isn’t optimal – that’s not my doing, nor my problem.

      I’m just here to show the horses where the water is. The rest is up to them…

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