The Schizophrenia Of Modern Golf Philosophy

instruction-2014-12-inar02-justin-rose-driverIt gets to the point, if you’re looking at and evaluating the Modern Golf Swing proponents and how they train and swing, you begin to wonder if you’ve gone through the looking glass without knowing it.

I find the lack of any concrete and fixed philosophy in modern swinging to be maddening (although some would say it wasn’t the golf, but that’s another story), because there really is no set theory to the modern golf swing except “Keep That Leading Heel Nailed Down!”

Apart from that, there’s nothing there.  It is a swing philosophy rooted in the principles of “That was last week,” or “Yes, I said that last year, but that’s not operative now…”

Meaning, if you’re a modern golf swing proponent, you can say virtually anything and then change whatever you said, turn it on a dime the next week, all without anyone batting an eye.

Take Justin Rose, for example.

He’s the biggest name remaining with Tiger Woods’ former “coach” Sean Foley, and he has recently suffered yet more back issues, but even though he has at times experimented with letting his leading heel detach on the back swing – funny, he had no back issues when I wrote the post about his floating heel venture

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I said at the time that if he would lose the “squatting” aspect of his setup, he’d likely find even more power and speed in his swing, provided of course he continued to let that heel detach to provide a freer hip turn.

But no, that was then, this is now, and Rose didn’t keep that little back-saving piece of classic swinging in his swing, and he is out until the New Year nursing a herniated disc (didn’t that happen to Tiger as well, working with Foley? Just saying…).

I found this wonderful quote from Rose a couple of years ago however that just had me shaking my head when I read it this morning.

In this article by Rose for, Rose declares the following (on how to boost your power and accuracy, no less):

The most important part of my driver swing is generating power from the connection between my feet and the ground

The one-piece takeaway is a thing of the past. I think of it in pieces: the clubhead goes first, then the hands, then the arms. I turn into my right side, loading my right hip and engaging my glutes (above), similar to doing squats or deadlifts. That feeling of loading my right leg is a huge key for me…

I bet it’s huge for that lower back and disc as well, Justin.

Oh, and that comment about one-piece takeaways?

Now you know how you wrecked your back… you’re welcome…

Now, here we have again, this whole baffling insistence on saying that the modern swing generates power from the ground – might I ask, in the absence of the discovery of electromagnetism factoring into the golf swing through one’s shoes, how the hell every other golfer on the face of this earth makes a connection with the ground?

Was Jack Nicklaus floating on a cloud, and tethered to the ground via steel cables?  Was Ben Hogan? Bobby Jones?

Because if they weren’t standing on the ground, exactly what was their connection to it?

With their noses?


Sorry, non sequiturs are down the hall…

Now, that’s not the schizophrenic part.  The following is a picture from the same piece:


And this is what Justin has to say about it:

Here’s a drill I use for building power out of the ground. I drop my left foot back and put 90 percent of my weight on my right foot. Then I bring my arms to the top and practice swinging halfway down.

My weight doesn’t move off my right side, so my right leg is constantly engaged (right). Repeating this motion helps me feel explosive into the ball, just what I want with the driver…

Let me get this straight – you practice swinging with a raised left heel on the takeaway, and a nice big hip turn (which, by the way, is the reason he feels loaded in the right side), and this is a drill for building power of the ground, but then on your real swings, you nail that left heel down and restrict your hip turn?

Do I have that right?

Kind of like another suggestion from another “swing guru” who just recently lost his best pupil, Lydia Ko – because he forced her to use some ridiculous swing model he’d built for hackers?

Like this?

If you don’t believe me, here’s the posting on the exact same stuff Justin is going on about.


You can’t make this up, people.

And let me ask one question – what exactly is Justin’s right foot touching in his raised heel practice swing?


Is it the ground?

Here’s a thought – if you’re lifting the heel for more power on your practice swings – I can’t even finish that sentence, it’s too ridiculous.

No further questions.

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10 thoughts on “The Schizophrenia Of Modern Golf Philosophy

  1. Laser

    According to modern swing theory, another Hall of Fame golfer got it wrong–George Knudson.

    Years ago Golf Channel had a feature with Senior Tour golfer Rocky Thompson talking about Knudson. Rocky said about Knudson, “All he ever said was, ‘Right heel, left TOE.”

    And, it looks like that’s what he did: George Knudson Golf Swing – Compilation 3 (2:39)

    I guess what he should have said was, “Right heel, left heel.”

    1. D Watts Post author

      “All he ever said was, ‘Right heel, left TOE.”

      Sounds about right – if anyone has the “MCS Ultimate Leverage,” that’s virtually exactly what I’m describing with the weight on the feet from address to the back swing, is it not?

      As well as the “Changing Sides” concept in “Kinesiology of the MCS Golf Swing,” or the leg and foot action in “MCS – Perfect Pivot?”

      The only way to do it…properly

  2. targettom

    I recall that at the beginning of 2016 GC was looking at Justin’s swing and noting his experiment with the raised left heel on full game driver swings. He told them it was a change he made to gain more distance.

    Despite good driving for the most part, his 2016 season was not great, lots of poor finishes. Of course he won the Olympics but it was a slimmed down field. So it appears he dropped the floating heel because of concern over finishes but his stats show that might not have been the problem.

    1. D Watts Post author

      I don’t even have to look at the stats, Tom – I would bet with you that he dropped the floating heel for whatever reason, but your comment shows that it wasn’t the problem:

      Despite good driving for the most part, his 2016 season was not great, lots of poor finishes

      If he was driving it well with the floating heel (obviously – he was out-driving McIlroy for a time doing it), then it wouldn’t have been a factor in his poor finishes.

      Something else would have been, but if you’re looking to place the blame on something, I guess it made a convenient scapegoat. I mean, you can’t blame myelin

      Now, if he could figure out what causes a herniated disc…

  3. Harleyweedwhacks

    Damn, out driving Mcilroy? That’s something you don’t hear about often. Justin’s a solid ball striker, so I don’t think he’s very smart going back to the planted front heel, because his ball striking and driving actually improved while floating the heel.

    I think good ball strikers tend to look down on a good short game, so I think maybe that’s why he struggled. His short game wasn’t on point.

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