I was sent this swing gif. by DKondo this past weekend, and apologies for the picture quality, but he noticed something and grabbed a clip on his phone while watching the Bay Hill Invitational.
He also remarked to me that Justin Rose had a couple of “longest drives” on certain holes.
This is interesting, because Rose has never been known as a power swinger, but don’t look now – the man with the same coach as Tiger Woods and the center-biased planted-heel swing model, may have begun to sip from the Holy Grail…
The Holy Grail reference is of course alluding to the term Brandel Chamblee used to describe how the most important part of the pivot (free swinging hips and a floating leading heel), in the same manner I called the loss of the floating heel the “Death Blow” to modern golf swing philosophy.
And here is something DKondo captured on the weekend with Justin Rose swinging on the tee block:
Justin Rose Has Some Leading Heel Lift!
And notice how the floating heel gives Justin that extra hip pivot and watch the leverage and the speed with which he comes down from the top and through that ball.
Other than the squatting position at address (not optimal as it interferes with a full and proper hip pivot), this is a very athletic and mechanically-sound move.
And make no mistake – if Tiger Woods had never changed his right-biased setup from his early and dominant years, and if he had implemented even that slight lift you see in Rose’s back swing – he’d most and very likely still be playing and dominating golf, if not still a Top-5 World Ranked player.
Father Time defeats us all, and Tiger is 40, but Phil Mickelson swings in the classic style and will be 46 this year…
This is an awesome Justin Rose, and if he continues down the road to complete mechanical soundness, J Rose could well make a big noise in the coming few years’ majors.
Like I said, he’s not there yet, I believe he’s still center-biasing his stance – but that swing above is far better than anything I’ve ever seen from Rose – and that leading heel is now lifting.
That is a good thing for his lower back, driving distance and ability to get it out there past where he was hitting it a couple of years ago.
The more classic golf swing principles you have in your swing, the better off you will be, both physically and mentally.
I may have found my new player to watch! I love Jason Day, but it’s very difficult to watch him swing.
The swing above doesn’t make me wince, and I want to see more of Justin Rose!
And there is a week until Brandel’s book “The Anatomy of Greatness” is out officially – pre-order your copy now and see what the past and future of golf entail – mechanically sound swing principles!
What’s old is new, my friends – and it’s never too late to go back to proper swing principles.
Your back and scorecard will thank you.