It is not often that you get to point out something in the modern golf swing and say, “OK, here’s the exception that proves the rule…” and Adam Scott is one of those examples.
The modern swing is flawed, as I’ve been saying for years, because people are not designed to swing the way the models call for it to be done.
For example, it is virtually impossible for most people to get a decent hip turn without having a “floating feel” pivot with the leading foot.
In order to get that hip turn with the leading foot planted, you have to do other things, like slide the hips to the left:
And that’s not how to make a pivot, folks – this is why Matt Kuchar is 6’4″ and yet has the power of a man who stands 5’4″ – you can’t generate any leverage or power like this.
Adam Scott, on the other hand, is a freak of nature not unlike Dustin Johnson, and can apparently get a very good hip turn while still nailing that front heel to the ground, as we see in the GolfDigest swing sequence piece:
I say “apparently,” because I don’t have X-Ray vision and I can’t say whether Scott is or isn’t causing incremental damage to his hips and knees with this back swing.
It is entirely possible that he is just a very rare and unique individual who possesses flexibility that most of us don’t.
Unfortunately, the only way to find out is to wait and see… and the way he’s stretching out that left hip and knee on the finish… I don’t feel that confident.
So as I said at the top – if you can get a full hip turn as Adam has above, and you can do it with a planted-heel back swing – knock yourself out.
I know that I am a very flexible person – I can still touch my knuckles to the ground while bending over with my legs straight, and I can’t get that position that Adam Scott gets.
Planted vs Floating
If the heel wants to lift during the back swing, therefore, you should let it.
If it doesn’t have to lift (and this will occur with very few people, so you should probably forget it, because if you could, you already would be… get it?), then so be it.
But as I’ve said… you’re probably not Adam Scott…