Update: You can read about Brandel’s new book “Anatomy of Greatness” and order it here, among other places… looks like a good read!
You should watch this Golf.com video piece with Brandel Chamblee, who is dispensing more advice regarding what I call the “classic” or classic era golf swing.
I remember calling a model I was working on, way back in 2007, the “50’s Classic” model because it had the same floating heel pivot action as the players from that era.
Brandel, in this piece, decries how “movement” has been removed from the swing in modern golf swing theory and teaching.
You remember my piece on mobility and stability?
That’s what Brandel’s talking about.
The floating leading heel will help you create natural hip turn and that lower body mobility will lead to upper body stability.
He demonstrates how the floating heel creates more efficient swinging, and he points out how the long drivers swing with floating leading heels.
Which directly contradicts the assertion that resisting the back swing with planted feet and restricted hip turn creates power, in fact Brandel calls this “the big lie,” and points out that the greatest players (Tiger Woods excepted) didn’t listen to that lie.
And how’s Tiger doing with that back?
“So blindingly obvious,” he says, that restricted hip turns don’t create more power.
He comes up with stuff that I’ve mentioned.
Like how 47 of the 50 best swingers floated their heels.
He talks about how Hogan floated his heel, how he never swung with a planted heel… and you can see that here:
You know, like how when I began the Ben Hogan Project, I said that Hogan wasn’t doing the things people said he was doing, and how I said that the picture of the after-wreck Hogan was incorrect, showing a planted heel back swing at the top:
He mentions all of the greats who swung with floating heels.
Go listen to it, folks – the man is on point!