I was watching the highlights yesterday, having missed the live coverage wherein Jason Day re-injured his back on a particularly vigorous cut on the 16th tee.
Earlier in the round against Graham McDowell, he had driven the 370 yard 5th hole with a big bomb, as well.
But when he finished his swing on 16, he immediately dropped his driver and clutched at the worst place you want to see someone grabbing – the lower back.
From ESPN.Go.Com, Jason’s comments were not encouraging:
“It’s really hard to play when there is searing pain in both sides of your back,” Day told The Australian Associated Press as he made his way to the clubhouse.
“I’m really struggling. I need to get treatment right away to see what’s wrong.”
Well, I can tell him what’s wrong – it’s the Modern Golf Swing model he’s using and he’s shredding his lower back with that planted-heel, twisting back swing and quick change of direction from the top.
I’ve been pretty clear that Jason Day is my favorite player on Tour and I hate to see him in the condition he’s currently in.
Hopefully, he can get some swing changes done where the current model is hurting him.
And in one little motion gif. I can show you all, with “Champagne” Tony Lema loosening up before a match in the 1960’s, why I myself can have an injured back and not continue to injure it by swinging a golf club.
It’s because a proper golf swing kinda works like this:
The lower back is not designed to twist in the manner the planted-heel back swing with restricted hips forces the modern swinger to do. It is that simple.
And if you perform unsound athletic movements with speed and power – the damage will be significant, and quick in the coming.
Tiger Woods proved he could win with any swing you gave him, but even he couldn’t skip out on the bill when he ordered a double helping of modern swing and fixings with Sean Foley.
Now, Jason Day is 28 years old and I doubt he’ll last to 30 on Tour – swinging the way he does.
And that would be a great shame to the game, because this young man has the game and physical talent to win a good deal more majors, let alone regular Tour events.
The problem is, his swing is destroying his back.
We’ll see how this story ends, I suppose…