Originally posted December 21, 2015. Re-posting in time for Tiger Woods’ announced return… so he says…
Thanks to Jerry “Big Toilet” Crowell for alerting me to this article on the modern swing mechanics.
I have blogged for years on the evils of the so-called “Modern Golf Swing” theory, saying that it is harmful to both the golfer and his game, by creating stress and strain injuries where none should be.
Tiger Woods will end his career with the 2nd most majors won in a PGA Tour career, and it’s the things he did in his swing over that career that cut it short.
I don’t have to say that a healthy Tiger Woods would have obliterated the 18 major mark, but he refused to make changes to a swing that wrecked his left knee and then broke his back.
And I’ve talked about the back-breaking “rubber-band” twisting of the torso against restricted hips being the most evil concept ever introduced to the game, so I was pleased to see that there are some in the sport science community finally addressing this.
The title of the article speaks for itself, as written by Mike Boyle, a strength and training specialist at StrengthTraining.com:
Is ‘Rotation Training’ Hurting Your Performance? aka “Is Rotation Even A Good Idea?”
I will only give you a couple of tidbits from this blog, I would advise reading it in its entirety if you are still unsure about the harmful effects of the modern swing concepts.
On the subject of torso-twisting or rubber-banding:
Like many performance coaches, I fell victim to this same flawed concept. I was one of the lemmings that I dislike so much, blindly following the recommendations of others and using exercises that I would now consider questionable or dangerous.
Now, that is integrity, ladies and gentlemen – Mr. Boyle was once part of the problem, and now has reversed course and is telling you why the modern swing torso-twist doesn’t work:
A large percentage of low back problems occur because the abdominal muscles are not maintaining tight control over the rotation between the pelvis and the spine at the L5- S1 level. ” (2002 p.71)
The lumbar range of motion that many personal trainers and coaches have attempted to create may not even be desirable and is probably potentially injurious.
You read that above paragraph? In the bold (emphasis mine)?
Seriously, go read the rest of it, and here is what I’ve been predicting for years, out in the wilderness:
I think the future will see coaches working on core stability and hip mobility instead of working against themselves by simultaneously trying to develop core range of motion and core stability.
That bolded part above – do the words “full body swing” ring a bell? Like, keeping the hips and torso stable together and swinging using the hip rotation?
That’s exactly what the above passage is saying – there will be some separation, as I’ve said and demonstrated, but that occurs on the down swing, and it doesn’t occur during the back swing.
This article made my day – now, if only this was the way golf fitness and strength training were done all around.