Laser commented yesterday about recent sightings of Anthony Kim, whom I hold out as the poster boy for how the modern golf swing concepts will utterly wreck you if you’re not careful.
I wrote about Kim way back in my Smash Golf Blog days, when he hit the scene and helped to fill some of the void left in golf by Tiger Woods’ leg injury in 2008.
He provided the spark for the U.S.A.’s Ryder Cup squad for their only team win (in 2008) since 1999, and then *Poof* a couple of years later, he was gone.
I won’t go into all of what was wrong with Kim’s swing, as I did that 6 long years ago when everyone thought he was the cat’s pajamas.
Now, not so much.
Anthony Kim’s Modern Swing
Question: How many bad things is he doing in his stance and mechanics, as laid out in the “Kinesiology of the MCS Golf Swing” video?
Answer: How high can you count?
Anthony Kim kept getting these injuries, wouldn’t change his swing, and eventually they piled up and took him out of the game, in his mid-20’s, and here’s a laundry list of them, as per GolfWeek online:
Asked if it was possible that he played his last round on the PGA Tour at age 26, Kim paused, chuckled and said, “Anything is possible. Isn’t that what the slogan says?”
… Kim had no idea he would be gone this long. He played golf with Phil Mickelson at the Madison Club in the California desert. He rented a house in San Diego to prepare for the 2013 season.
He said he was up at 5 a.m. every day to train when his Achilles tendon popped. Once he recovered from the leg, he had a herniated disc. And the injuries piled up…
… He described his health as a “6” on a scale of 1 to 10 and said he was coping with thoracic outlet syndrome.
He also said he was in the process of moving, hiring a trainer and getting back to full health with hopes of giving golf one last chance.
That last bolded part is my emphasis, and I’ll end the suspense on that possibility right now – Not with the way he was swinging before he left the Tour. Not a chance.
That makes him my poster boy for all time, unless someone even younger than Kim and perfectly physically fit, begins to fall apart the way he did.