I received something in the mail today from a Wax Golf reader (thanks KS, and sorry that you had to rip that page out!) who apparently gets the Golf.com magazine in paper form, and I have been
unable to find given the link to this article from Peter Kostis.
However, I will state that I have tried to contact Peter Kostis several times through social media and actually even through an associate of his, whom you see on TV (his identity is not relevant to this posting).
But it’s interesting that after having received nothing more than dismissive responses in Tweet-form (basically saying, go away and you don’t know what you’re talking about), suddenly Peter Kostis is saying what I’ve been saying for years – that you need a classic, floating heel pivot for a natural and powerful swing.
Every effort I’ve made to discuss the swing with Mr. Kostis was rebuffed. Hey, it’s a free world, he doesn’t have to talk to me or anyone else
However, I’m wondering what this is all about…
To whit, in the upcoming Golf.com publication, you will read the following in a piece called “More Is Less” from Mr. Kostis:
Did Nicklaus hit it far? Does Bubba Watson? The average golfer needs to free up his turn, release his left heel… you can expect to see a lot more injuries from guys who don’t have a natural swing flow in swing length and body rotation.
Wow… so now Peter Kostis is worried about Modern Golf Swing producing injuries, is he?
If you want to know why that sentence so aggravates me, remember this analysis in which I nearly suffered a coronary after listening to it?
And what Peter Kostis had to say about Jordan Spieth’s swing at the time this video was posted?
Peter Kostis Looks At Spieth’s Swing
Well, just read the last sentence of my posting, and then read Peter’s paragraph above again, especially that last sentence.
And then read, if you didn’t go to the previous post link, what PK was saying about the Modern Golf Swing last year with regard to Jordan Spieth:
Focus on his two legs…forget his swing, forget his turn. Watch how quiet the lower body stays in the back swing (DJ’s translation – restricted hip turn and upper body torquing against those hips)…
… and then watch him straighten the left knee and clear the left hip. (DJ: Modern Swing leg-snap) This is absolutely beautiful leg work.
By driving up off the feet, he’s able to create tremendous hip rotation and that’s where he gets his power from… his leg action is a tremendous foundation for a golf swing…
The blue bolded parts are my own words, of course.
I said a couple of years ago (let me find the posting so I can reference it if challenged) that anyone teaching/pushing the Modern Golf Swing was verging on malpractice.
And now, one of the major proponents of that swing is talking about it as if he never praised or encouraged its practice.
Like it never happened.
And the fact that he’s doing this after repeatedly refusing to respond to my requests to discuss the swing (and to tell him I’d repeat and promote anything positive he said about the proper way to swing):
The worst thing is that Kostis will likely turn around and in the future be praising the same things he claims to object to, in his televised swing analyses.
I have to say…