Even now, I realized, he still didn’t get it (although he is swinging with more hip action, but it’s still not what you’d call “free”), and he and most PGA Tour players are still trying to swing using their core and back, which is the death move of modern golf swing theory.
Here, again, is what he’d said:
I was in the gym with [Rose], and he’s in there doing the same thing. He’s 36 now, and it takes him an hour, hour and a half, just to be able to go and hit balls.
“You have to activate the muscles. . . . We miss the days going to the first tee and hitting a drive 300 yards with a balata ball and a persimmon driver. You can’t do that anymore.”
Exactly who can’t do that anymore, and why is that? It can’t be due to age, because I’m 46 years old and it doesn’t take me anywhere near that long to warm up.
Let me remind everyone, more for the benefit of those who haven’t been around as long or who may have missed the discussions in the past year – that I have a back deformity (scoliosis) and when I get up in the morning, it’s a chore to even put on pants or tie my shoes, so stiff and sore is my lower back.
Setting: I was working with David D., it was a few minutes into our session, and not only had I not hit a ball, I hadn’t even made any warm-up swings to get loose.
Still, I got over a ball while discussing the swing action, and hit a gorgeous 6 iron down the pipe – how did I do that without throwing out my back or even feeling any discomfort, let alone pain?
The answer is in the clip, actually…
DJ Hits 6 Iron – 1st Swing Of The Day
So, how is it that pro players who don’t have this congenital defect and who get to swing every day (which is great for my back – the more I swing, the looser and stronger my back is, and it regresses when I don’t exercise it for extended periods), can’t swing a club without a whole to-do and warming up?
And how is it that I can do what you see above?
It’s because, if you swing properly, you really don’t need much of a warm-up at all, just to swing a golf club.
You’ve already been walking and standing and, unless you’re coming from having sat for hours and need to loosen up the legs, they should be ready to go.
So, if you find that you need a half-bucket to get to where you feel “warmed up” to hit decent shots – you’re doing something wrong, because there should be no extensive warm-up needed.
I have to warm up before I can bend over or do anything with my back, sure – but I’m not hitting balls with my back, I’m using my hips and legs to do that, and that’s how they did it in the classic golf swing era.