Nick Watney – Out For ’16 (Herniated Disc)

nickwatneyOn the sports injury front, news of another casualty in the War On Common Sense otherwise known as the Modern Golf Swing.

Nick Watney has announced that he will be sitting out the rest of the 2016 PGA Tour season to recover from an rehab a herniated disc in his back.

Thanks to Ken Joersz, PGA for forwarding me the article from GolfDigest.

Watney WD’d from the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am earlier in the season and now he’s shutting it down for the rest of the year.

And the article Ken linked me to has me thinking that Nick may not just be out for the season – when you’re dealing with a bad back, the following excerpt does not inspire confidence:

I just don’t want it to turn into a chronic thing and have it every few years,” Watney said to the AP. “I’m rehabbing.

But I don’t want to have surgery, and that’s part of the reason I’m going to take the year off. I just want to rehab and get everything sorted out.

“I’ve never had to sit out this long, so it stinks.”

Yes, I bet it does, but here is the source of my concern – how does a 34 year old guy who is a natural and impressive athlete (6’2″ or 188cm and 180 lbs or 82 kg) come down with a herniated disk simply from swinging a golf club?



Oh, wait – this is what you’ll read on another GolfDigest intro to a photo sequence of his golf swing:

Nick Watney has the prototype modern swing for a big, strong young man. See a frame-by-frame look at his swing with analysis by Butch Harmon.

Will the modern swing people ever realize how to end the epidemic of Modern Golf Swing players and back/neck/hip/knee injuries?

Contrast that to Yours Truly, who hurt my lower back 3 days before hosting a swing clinic in Goodyear, AZ a couple of weeks ago (I have scoliosis so lower back issues are always present) and yet was pounding the ball over 300 yards during that same clinic:

DJ Swings With A Bad Back


You know, it’s very difficult to hurt your back swinging a golf club – when you’re doing it properly, that is…

Why are players and gurus addressing everything but the cause of these injuries?

Namely, the manner in which they swing?

Because, look, here’s Nick Watney taking the year off again – this time, the 15′-’16 season because of – you guessed it – that herniated disk:

Nick Watney has declared himself out for the remainder of the 2015-16 PGA TOUR season, providing ample time to rest a herniated disc in his lower back.

And so, nothing in that first article says anything Watney changing the way he swings, which is the major suspect in the cause of his back injury to begin with.

And look, it seems that this back thing goes back even further, as he was looking to get back on track from a bad back as early as March of 2014:

One month into the new year, Nick Watney already is putting last year out of his mind.

Watney was hampered early by a back injury that forced him out of the final round at Doral, and the birth of his first child the following week.

So, more than two years after incurring this back injury, Watney is still swinging modern style and talking about how he doesn’t want it to become chronic.

Well, unless they’ve changed the meaning of “chronic,” I think we’re there, Nick…

Welcome To Your Future



Tiger Woods is in the same boat, but further down the river and close to the falls drop-off – if you don’t change the technique that led to your injuries to begin with, you’re only repeating the same insanity that put you out of commission!

So, rehab all you want, Nick and Tiger – but if you’re swinging the same way the led to your injuries when you get back to competition, you’re not going to last very long before the back goes again.

I remember a Three’s Company sitcom episode where Ralph Furley swings his arm in an awkward way and says to a doctor, “It hurts when I do this…”

And the doctor’s response, simply, is “Well, then stop doing that…”

“Wow! Great Advice, Doc!”

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And that, my friends, is the answer to dealing with Modern Golf Swing players and the injuries they’re incurring swinging that way.

It’s not rocket science.

And it has nothing to do with myelin…


Wanna learn the MCS methodology and swing like the greats did in the classic era?

You can start with the “Secrets of the MCS”video shorts series or jump right in to the whole thing with the “Kinesiology of the MCS Golf Swing” video.

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9 thoughts on “Nick Watney – Out For ’16 (Herniated Disc)

    1. D Watts Post author

      I haven’t been watching the Match-Play, BT – something going on with Day’s back, you say?

  1. Laser

    Yeah, breaking news…i just turned it on, and Day was holding his lowers back, looked like he was in pain.

    (You’ve got a lot of talents: golf…golf photography…golf teaching…web design…writing…and now, prophecy.)

    1. D Watts Post author


      “My fav’rite player

      Won’t last ’til 30 on Tour

      With that swing. A shame…”


  2. bigtoilet

    The MODERN swing just may, have something to do with the back of Jason Day. With MCS he’d pass the test, and separate from all the rest. Fowler, Mcilroy, Spieth?…..Day would be wearing the winners wreathe.

  3. Laser

    Here’s more of Day’s story:
    …Laboring noticeably as he held a 3-up lead, the world’s second-ranked player grimaced after hitting a wild tee shot at the par-5 16th. Gingerly negotiating the grassy slope to get into a bunker and play his second shot, Day showed more pain as he got onto the green with his third and lagged a putt, his fourth shot…Declining a request to speak with the media, Day immediately went to the fitness trailer for treatment…

    (It almost calls for more Haiku:

    The classic golf swing;

    Sadly it’s rare in pro golf.

    Injury comes next.)

  4. Chief Cowpie

    Would like to see consumer advocate Ralph Nadar expose the dangers of the modern swing. Could name the book the same as the expose’ he did on the Corvair, “Unsafe At Any Speed”

  5. Chief Cowpie

    Night has come toDay. Day’s sun is setting. Pray all you can for his back to comeback as every swing he takes further strains the vertebrae. Look not to the skies for supernatural wonder to change the course. Look to MCS for salvation.

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