Now, I know this likely strikes some as telling people that the sun rises in the East, but to the Modern Golf Swing industry, this may shock you – if your swing model is leaving players with herniated disks – you’re doing it wrong…
Very wrong(ly), if you need to be told this.
Olympic champion Justin Rose announced Wednesday that he will be sitting out at least the remainder of the 2016 European Tour season while he recovers from a nagging back injury.
Rose suffered a herniated disc in his back during the Players Championship in May. Despite working his way back to the U.S. Open and winning gold in golf’s return to the Olympics, Rose’s discomfort was persistent through the end of the PGA Tour season.
Justin Rose, as you may know, is the best player remaining in swing guru Sean “Myelin” Foley’s diminishing stable since the departure of Tiger Woods for less painful pastures.
Not that anyone is counting, but with Justin Rose, that makes the top two players ever to have worked with Foley – players who have suffered herniated disks, Tiger Woods of course being the other – both while working with Foley.
Yeah, I know, I know… big surprise…
“Dude… Is My Back Supposed To Feel Like This?”
“Hey Man – You Wanna Be Like Tiger Or Not?”
I don’t know what remains to be said about this, so I will simply say, “Guys…you’re doing it wrong…
And to think, Rose was actually on the way to preserving his back when he briefly dabbled in the “floating heel” mechanics:
Not a big fan of the “squat” address, but you’ll notice the uplifting left heel on the back swing and the free and full hip turn going back, as well as the free follow-through to the finish.
That posting of mine linked above was from March. Notice how quickly Rose suffered the initial herniation (May) once he went away from that move.
Fact: A swing shouldn’t involve twisting forces being exerted on the back. You’re supposed to swing with the entire body, not just the torso.
Tony Lema: “No Pain Here!”
In fact, the swing is powered by the legs and hips, the strongest parts and muscles of the body contained therein, and trying to do so with just the back and core muscles will end… badly…
You will not find the separation of the torso from the lower body to “wind up” for a swing or throw anywhere else on this earth, but for the Modern Golf Swingers.
And that means, if everyone else is not doing it… the modern swing guys are either geniuses, or they’re doing it wrong.
The likelihood of the first option being the correct one, we all know, is proportional to the likelihood of our finding intelligent life on the planet Saturn.