“Dear Jack Nicklaus…”

nicklausI found this draft letter that will appear in one of the major golf publications later this spring:

“Dear Jack Nicklaus, and Bobby Jones, and Sammy Snead, and Byron Nelson, and Arnold Palmer, and Tom Watson, and Billy Casper, and Vijay Singh, Phil Mickelson, Bubba Watson, and others who swing like you do…

“You, sirs, don’t know how to best swing for power and accuracy.

“In fact, if you were to play golf today, you would be denigrated for espousing such ridiculous swing models with free-swinging hips, a floating leading heel and all of what that entails.

“You will see plainly, gentlemen, that true power and speed come from twisting the torso against restricted hips – that’s how you generate power.

“Just as the greatest long drivers swing, you should swing for power, that much is obvious, gentlemen.  Just look for yourselves…

Jamie Sadlowski, the greatest long driver ever – how pathetic – he needs some modern golf swing lessons, and then you’ll really see some power.



“Just as Jason Zuback would have won more than his 5 Remax World Long Drive trophies if he’d used a little more ground and less hip turn…



“It is plain to see in the entire sports world as a matter of fact, because you could never get a baseball power swinger to turn his hips on the back swing and lift his leading heel…

“Disclosure – OK, we really don’t know what Jose Bautista is doing here, with 2 Hank Aaron awards in his 30’s…



“Amateur hour, gentlemen… don’t worry, when we’ve completely destroyed finished with golf, we’ll help the baseball swingers, that’s a promise… only they won’t let us into the facilities, they keep calling security on us!

“You, gentlemen, are just not as knowledgeable about swinging and the game of golf as are we.


“Modern Golf Swing Proponents”


“Hey Jack, If You Swung Like I Do, You’d Have Won More Majors Than Me and played into your 60’s…”

USA team captain Jack Nicklaus(L) puts a


DJ Responds:





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12 thoughts on ““Dear Jack Nicklaus…”

  1. buddhabob

    just saw a terrible review of Jason Day’s swing by Hank Haney who is trying to piggy back Day’s success by reviewing his swing in the comfort of his luxurious living room, paid for compliments of hundreds and perhaps thousands of sadly misguided clients and followers.

    The first thing you notice in the vid which can be accessed on golfdigest.com this morning is that Hank’s back is out. When he turns to camera over his left shoulder his neck has very limited range of motion, that of an 80 year old man imo. that in today’s sedentary culture is referred to as ‘wear and tear’ due to age.

    I think in reality is probably due to the crank he teaches and demonstrates and the bad karma teaching the crank to thousands. Haney looks and stands like he is 2 days out from a big pile up on the I-5, others may not notice but at his age if that is his normal range of motion in his cervical vertebrae it is not good and shows definite degeneration.

    1. D Watts Post author

      I was very happy to see Jason win yesterday. I’ve mentioned he’s my current favorite player, even though that swing…

      I don’t know how long it will last, but I hope he rakes it in before… you know…

  2. buddhabob

    Once again, Media darling and major sponsor boy Rory following his 37th place finish at the Invitational “I just need to eliminate mistakes and I will be fine”. say what? Is DeNial a river in Egypt? the kid had 6 double bogeys in the tourney and he is talking about ‘mistakes’. I call that habit.

    imo the swing is so fast and so dependent on timing and so cranked that invariably he sprays shots all over the place when off slightly. I doubt this will ever be corrected because he has a strong home grown and family influence around that swing which has been there since early childhood.

    and most importantly, this kid lifts heavy weights during competitions. squatting 265 lbs anytime during the long golf season will tire the body in the resting period and takes a good 48 to 72 hours to recover from. what happens to touch then. How about balance and timing off the tee? How about heavy presses and curls?

    what happens to forearms while hovering over putts following a day of nice lifting? This kid imo is a very,very erratic player not living up to his potential who has been given way too many lucrative sponsorships and far too much media attention far too early.

    If you expect to win stepping up at the Masters, if you feel entitled to the trophy it only leads to disappointment and despair on the final Sunday and or Friday. You set yourself up for fighting against yourself mentally after buying in big to the myth.

  3. Peter allenby

    Make no mistake about it – If the modern golf swing was a mechanically benign motion, LOTS of golfers would adopt it. It works. However, as DJ has so often and eloquently pointed out, this modern swing isn’t benign. It is akin to smoking tobacco – Eventually the effects of this habit will catch up with you – or with most of us.

    I am sure we will have a modern swing pro who dances through a career without so much as a twinge, just like we all have known or heard od the grandma who smoked a pack a day and is still alive at 90. But that doesn’t mean it is good.

    The modern day swing doctors have to sell something – And since Ben Hogan, Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson, Gary Player, Sam Snead and many, many other classic swing advocates have already written books, produced videos and otherwise spread the word, the new professors of the swing need to create the revolutionary and important new swing techniques …in order to make a living.

    And what Horschelesque titan of the pro tours making a zillion dollars a year is willing to give a classic and very different swing a test drive when there is money to be made?! Even if they know that their swing motion could hurt them, they will not change – Just like a smoker knows tobacco use could be a death sentence and keeps on puffing away.

    The sea change to a saner and more effective and healthful swing motion has begun with Brandel in the popular press taking up the mantle of change. And I suspect that there will be a few “up and comers” in the teaching ranks who, with little to nothing to lose (unlike Foley and the band of modern teaching poseurs), will re-spin the swing of old into something new.. Wax Golf should and will be at the forefront of this change.

    Time for Brandel to meet DJ!!

    1. D Watts Post author

      Peter, good to see you! And Brandel & I have already met – in theory and in mind.

      The physical handshake, should it come one day, I will enjoy 🙂

    1. D Watts Post author

      Heard you & the Mrs. had a good time with BT out at Goose Creek last week, Tom. Awesome! 🙂

      1. targettom

        Yes Jerry was kind enough to share his expertise with us, we really enjoyed meeting with him. To see Jerry illustrate a proper pivot in person is very impressive – I want that pivot! I’ll give you a full report when we get back

  4. Laser

    Did someone say Mickelson? Currently #1 in scoring average. #4 in scrambling. #12 strokes gained putting. #40 distance all drives (avg. 299). I think Phil has arthritis.

    Horschel is #69, avg. 294. I wonder is Billy will still be putting it out there when he’s Phil’s age.

    1. D Watts Post author

      Don’t forget 5 majors, all after turning 30, and even one in his 40’s… in the modern age, and with a crippling arthritic disease.

      No modern swing there, though!

  5. Chief Cowpie

    Nice article DJ. What I see a the phenomenon of the modern swing is that yes, it does make for good scoring but with the strains on the body, the champions tend to be a flash in the pan. I think if air cushions exploded at impact, this could severely curtail the traumas.

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