Thanks to KidCharlemagne for sending the quote from the book.
Jack Nicklaus is the greatest player of all time on the PGA Tour, although some would claim that title should go to Tiger Woods.
I say, “Hogwash,” and for reasons I’ve outlined before.
The first of which being, if we’re going to look critically at it, and I’ll be as diplomatic as I can be – the greatest player of all time wouldn’t cripple himself swinging a 13 oz golf club, a statement with which I’m sure most would agree.
Every day that passes, in fact, showing that Woods is largely done at 40 years of age, winning his last major at 32, and having won 14 to Nicklaus’ 18 majors won over a 25 year span, reinforces my personal opinion of the fact.
Jack Nicklaus At 40 – “17th Major & Counting”
Tiger Woods At 40 – “Major Payne”
The mark for greatness was always majors won, and the goalposts only began shifting when TW’s major win total became stuck on 14 and some insisted on finding reasons to call someone else the G.O.A.T.
The numbers are 18 and 19.
19 runner-up finishes.
Compare that to 14 and 6.
That, my friends, is the greatest.
I mean, how terrible is it to call TW one of the greatest ever, even 2nd greatest of all time? I consider him to be both.
Now, let’s get down to the title subject: Jack Nicklaus was a Classic Golf Swinger and had no time for the Modern Golf Swing and it’s principles, which apparently were around as far back as 1974.
“That Isn’t The Way To Do It, Son…”
Nicklaus had his answer to the modern golf swing, as far back as then.
In “Golf My Way,” his 1974 book, he has this to say about the concept of a restricted-hip turn to create power:
I understand that there is a theory in golf today that the hips shouldn’t turn on the backswing. The idea seems to be that the less you turn your hips, while still turning your shoulders, the more leverage you’ll generate.
It’s hogwash, and here’s why.
Stand erect with your arms at your sides and keep them there. Now hold your hips still and turn your shoulders.
Impossible, right? Even the slightest shoulder turn forces some hip turn. And the more the shoulders turn, the more the hips are forced to turn, right?
… unless he’s incredibly supple or some kind of contortionist.
Thus you should never try to restrict your hip turn if you want to hit the ball a long way.
And that, my friends, was the case in 1974, as it is the case today.
Nicklaus was an athlete who played college basketball as well as golf.
And he wanted nothing to do with a restricted hip swing.
And he won 18 majors (and came 2nd a staggering 19 times) in a 25 year career on the PGA Tour, twice the span of years in which Tiger Woods won majors.
There is no argument to be made, unless you just want to argue – the Classic Golf Swing is the proper way to swing, the greatest player of all time, in his own words, calls the Modern Golf Swing “Hogwash.”
I’m with Jack.