I read a very interesting comment by Gary Player yesterday from the GeoffShackelford blog, and I think it illustrates perfectly the dilemma faced by Modern Golf Swing advocates – they have to admit that players are breaking down swinging this way.
I didn’t hear the original comments by either Brandel Chamblee or Frank Nobilo, but I can assume that Player was responding to the implication that players are over the hill after 30, whomever did so.
Well, in the modern golf swing world, that may very well be true. The greatest player with modern swing, Tiger Woods, is done at 40.
And due to nothing more than the way he swung, from his amateur years to when he broke his back working with Sean Foley.
The current #1 ranked player, Jason Day, has a bad back and I fear he’s on the same track as TW before him – the story is that he’s got a disc issue in the lower lumbar, and we have heard that before, recently.
So the #1 player may not make it to 30, and it’s nothing more than the way he swings.
I’m listening to Brandel, and I’m listening to ‑‑ what’s his name from New Zealand, Frank Nobilo, talking about all the guys, you’ve got to win in your early 20s, and as you get into your 30s, you’re starting to deteriorate.
Have they no idea what is transpiring with the human being? Have they have no idea what’s taking place in the world today? They’re so oblivious to what’s around them.
So I’ve always said that a man at 50 would win the Masters and I was ridiculed. Raymond Floyd needed to birdie No. 17 with a 9‑iron, and he would have won the Masters at 49, nearly 50. But be that as it may.
I win the Masters at 42, which I thought was quite impressive. He (Jack) comes along and wins it at 46. But don’t forget, Julius Boros, won the PGA at 48. People forget about these things.
And there it is in a nutshell – we’ve already established that the “competition” today isn’t any harder to beat than the competition was in Jack Nicklaus‘ era, and yet you had all of these over-30 and even over-40 guys winning tournaments and majors.
And no, it was not easier for Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player and others to win their majors in the Nicklaus era… they just lasted longer and competed older.
Of course, the players named above swung in the Classic Golf Swing style…
By the way, did anyone catch 80-yr old Gary Player, who would likely out-drive Tiger Woods right now, swinging in that gorgeous Classic style and with those oh-so-MCS setup & swing mechanics?
Vijay Singh won a major in his 40’s, swinging in the classic golf swing style.
Phil Mickelson – the same.
So Mickelson, a guy with the most majors after Tiger Woods (who would have won with any swing, he proved – but would be still playing if it was the classic swing he’d gone with), swings classic style and is still competitive at 45.
Oh, and he has an arthritic condition…
The guy with the most wins over 40 (Singh) ever on the Tour – swings in the classic style, and is still playing in regular Tour events in his early 50’s…
Seeing a pattern here?
You can play golf with the Modern Golf Swing. Golf is a game and involves more than just the full swing. You can even win tournaments swinging that way.
But it is much harder work to maintain than swinging the way you’re designed to move, and you likely will incur injuries that are completely avoidable with a better swing model, and if you swing hard enough – the Modern Golf Swing will literally break your back.
The choice is yours.