John Daly Hits The Champions Tour

john daly planeI don’t know about you, but I will definitely be catching “Long John” Daly’s debut on the Champions Tour next Friday.

I unfortunately didn’t get into watching TV golf until after I caught the bug in the mid-late 90’s, so I didn’t get to enjoy either of JD’s major victories, and by the time I started watching, he was already spiraling, so most of what I’ve seen of JD has been… not his best.

However, as a fresh-faced (hey, I try…) rookie on the Champions Tour, I’ll get to see one of his milestones.

By the way, have you checked out Daly’s pivot action in the lower body on the back swing?

JD’s Awesome Pivot


As a matter of fact, if not for the down swing angle, he’s got a near-perfect pivot himself – but the back swing definitely is, by itself.

JD’s Awesome Pivot II

Of course, JD uses the Classic Golf Swing technique, not the horrid Modern Golf Swing, and he has a great floating pivot, though not as pure as Ben Hogan’s.



16 thoughts on “John Daly Hits The Champions Tour

    1. D Watts Post author

      Where did I say “bad?” I said “near-perfect,” where do you get “bad?”

      You can see in the transition down to impact that he’s not on the perfect angle, that’s why he gets wild when he’s not on. Near-perfect, a little down swing angle issue, but I never called it “bad…”

    1. D Watts Post author

      Self-taught swings are the best. Natural talent, and no one to muck things up with silly advice.

      Sam Snead comes to mind as well…

  1. Ken Joersz

    The desperate Champions Tour will try to promote him to increase ratings but the sponsors and his fellow touring professionals will barely tolerate him.

    I’ll be watching Seinfeld reruns myself.

    1. D Watts Post author

      I just talked with Stan The Caddie, KJ – he says to put some balm on it, and make Daly try on the glove…

      Not even the debut?

      1. Ken Joersz

        No thanks. I tired of his act decades ago.

        But if he can pull himself together and start winning, that would draw some back in. However, his history doesn’t support that outcome.

        Make no doubt about it, the Champions Tour players are good! Some can absolutely bomb it. Plus they have the discipline to prepare and score. That is something Daly is sorely lacking.

        I wouldn’t be surprised if Daly never wins on that tour. Most of the successful Champions Tour players had success late into their career on the PGA Tour. Daly hasn’t.

        Having spent a lot of time around Champions Tour players, I have heard a few John Daly stories. None of them are positive.

        Finally, shouldn’t Daly be beyond just “natural talent” by now? For heaven’s sake, he’s 50 and still being coddled. He won’t be coddled by other players though. They’ll look forward to the opportunity to kick his behind. Just saying.

        1. D Watts Post author

          Hey, he’s a big boy now – I’m not particularly a fan of his, just love that swing action. I’ll be watching because it’s a while since I’ve seen it. He should get lots of attention, and I should get some good looks.

          But yeah, he’s likely not going to thrive against the grey-haired assassins. Then again, he’ll be driving it 300 and there’s no rough – he could fall into another major if he puts the beer down long enough! 😉

        2. major tom

          if they’re not blinded by his pants! seriously though, not exactly thrifty in finance or playing style (grip n’ rip, gotta love it), but a generous man and fallible as we all are.

  2. bigtoilet

    Well ok, you said “wrong swing angle.” Do you think he is too steep coming into impact? Not under enough? Just clarifying.

    1. D Watts Post author

      “…if not for the down swing angle…near-perfect…”

      Again, I didnt say “wrong” either. Just not perfectly on the optimal.

      Still very good and better than most, but not perfect and his time to time injuries come from that – that’s a lot of energy coming into the ball.

      Not something I would try to change, either – he’s so close it would mess up that feel he’s developed over his career… it’s so subtle, I don’t know that I can even articulate it, other than I look at the down swing and say, “Nearly perfect…”

      The reason for the “nearly” is what I’m seeing.

  3. Laser

    “Self-taught swings are the best…Not something I would try to change.”

    –Now, that is wisdom. Applied to walking down stairs, it would work like this. Forget side-on views, forget DTL or up-the-line, forget leg plane, forget machine analysis…all of those would be counter productive.

    Just put the a certain part of the bottom of one foot on the next step down. The unconscious part of the brain will take care of the rest (and takes care of the other part too). Especially if we begin learning early in life.

  4. Ken Joersz

    I didn’t watch the tournament but stats don’t lie. Daly averaged 315 with his drives. And straight! I’m not a fan of his but his swing has undeniably withstood the test of time. Classic swing. Now can he get it together to win? He just might. Even I might have to tune in. Maybe.

    1. D Watts Post author

      I didn’t see anything more than a couple of putts that they showed. At one point, watching the recorded coverage, I wondered if he was even playing in that event or if I had the wrong one… regardless I didn’t watch anything more.

      But I’m sure I’ll catch Big John at some point. That swing…classic!

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