While the byline of this particular crime against humanity is given to Ron Kaspriske, the person giving the tips, I would hold Golf Digest responsible as the magazine carrying this destructive advice to unsuspecting golfers.
What exactly is that? Only a little more Modern Golf Swing insanity, is all…
Just go check out the piece called “Short On Time? Work Out At Your Desk” and make sure not to follow either Tip #1 nor Tip #3.
The first one (and I can’t believe I have to write this), because no athlete on the face of this earth would ever practice rolling one’s ankles over during an athletic motion:
Yes, you read correctly – the very first bit of advice is on how to practice rolling your ankles over (I imagine, so you can look like Jordan Spieth post-impact – has anyone told these people that JS’s foot roll is evidence of a swing flaw and not proper mechanics? Just wondering…) and I heartily advise finding a golf swing that doesn’t require this type of action:
The 2nd tip is a Tiger Woods Special, on how to “fire the glutes,” and I see nothing wrong with what he’s showing, as I like to squeeze and release my lower body muscles as well when on a long flight – it actually feels pretty good, so let’s move on.
I’ve Seen This Before…
Tip 3 – this is the crime against humanity, and let me remind you that this isn’t new – Paige Spirinac is also telling people how to wreck their back doing something she doesn’t do in her own swing (keep the hips frozen on the back swing), just as this Ron Kaspriske character is doing.
Warning – If You Like Your Back – Don’t Do THIS
He says, and I’ll quote the exact words here:
The obliques… they provide the rotation back and through as you make a back swing and through swing…
So try and keep your lower body as still as possible… just rotate your trunk, back and forth – and really don’t let those hips or knees or anything in the lower body move. Just your upper body. You’re sort of ‘waking up’ those obliques, letting them know that hey – it’s their job to move the spine.
From Golf Digest on Ron: Ron Kaspriske is a senior editor at Golf Digest. He covers fitness, instruction, rules and travel.
Methinks he should stick to fitness, rules and travel, and leave the instruction (if it’s on the golf swing) to people who won’t destroy their students’ backs in the process.
I wonder what Ben Hogan would have said about the lower body on the golf swing and whether you use the lower body or the upper body?
Wait! Here he is now:
Ben Hogan Showing How It’s Done…
You may recognize the first part of that blurb from my intro to the “MCS – Perfect Pivot” video based on… Ben Hogan’s lower body action… and before anyone quibbles about Hogan concentrating on the down swing in the clip… watch what he does with his hips and legs on the back swing – what do you think, is he keeping the lower body absolutely still and swinging with his obliques?
Or are Golf Digest and Mr. K. completely and utterly out to lunch on this part?
You tell me…
Get Off That “Restricted Hip Back Swing” Before It Wrecks Your Back, Son…
Or how about Jack Nicklaus?
Did you know that Jack Nicklaus destroyed the Modern Golf Swing’s biggest piece of garbage (swinging with restricted hips) even before it had taken hold, and he did it back in 1974?
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.
That was Jack in 1974 at 34 years of age, after he’d already won 12 majors.
And while Tiger Woods had 14 majors at the same age, Tiger never won another major after 32, and Jack would go on to win 6 more majors swinging the way he swung.
And that was… using the lower body to power his swing…
And seriously, if you have ever given a penny to Mr. K for golf lessons and he’s gotten you to do this stuff, and you’ve injured your lower back swinging – I’d consider researching a good malpractice legal firm.
I don’t know what’s going on here.
These guys are supposed to be helping, not hurting, and twisting the lower back on a golf swing rather than making a full body pivot is the easiest way most people who know better can think of doing to hurt one’s lower back.
But if a Tiger Woods Microdiscectomy is something you really want for Christmas… then full speed ahead with that chair exercise!
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