It’s not like this is an earth-shattering revelation to me, but it’s nice to see it laid out plainly and simply from a Major League Baseball swing coach, and one for a team that has made the playoffs with big hitting the past two seasons.
I’m talking about Toronto Blue Jays hitting coach Brook Jacoby, talking about a struggling Blue Jay batter – Justin Smoak – trying to get his bat to catch fire.
And of course, you know exactly what’s going to happen – you always hear the modern golf swing gurus likening the baseball swing to the golf swing action, and yet, once again, they are either completely missing this, or deliberately ignoring the major component of a proper swing – using the hips and legs to power the motion.
Toronto Blue Jay Justin Smoak
(ADAM HUNGER / USA TODAY SPORTS FILE PHOTO)
Of course, they’ll tell you that the modern swinger is using his hips and legs – on the down swing – however if you aren’t using the hips and legs on the back swing as well (and we all know that their motto is, the less leg and hip action on the back swing, the more power you generate, which is completely bogus), then you really aren’t using the hips and legs to power the swing.
You’re using the torso and lower back, and that is just wrong. You can do it, but it’s the wrong way to do it.
This from the Toronto Star and Rosie DiManno:
Hitting coach Brook Jacoby provides a more detailed schematic of the Smoak reboot undertaken here to shrink those strikeouts…
… Stripped of mechanics jargon, that means shortening his swing, which buys a fraction of time to make contact.
“A shorter, smaller move” to put the ball in play, says Jacoby, insisting the modification won’t cost Smoak power. “He gets his power from his legs and his hips. For him, big strong guy, it’s gonna go.”
Hmm – oh, by the way the bold and underline are my emphasis, but… hmm…
Why is it that the modern golf swing gurus are always telling us how to generate power, but that way isn’t the way that the most powerful swingers in golf swing, because those swingers do it like this:
That’s using the hips and legs to power the swing.
So, the modern golf swing guys don’t believe in having a big hip turn, or letting the leading heel detach, which is how the classic golf swing works, and how the most powerful swingers in golf do it.
They also neglect, many times, to cover the distinct and crucial difference between the golf swing and the baseball swing, as we know…
Now, we know (or knew already) that a proper baseball swing, if you’re going to listen to the authority on the baseball swing, which would be a hitting coach, is one that uses the hips and legs, and you are definitely going to get a big hip turn and non-planted leading foot on the back swing:
The only thing I’m wondering at this time, really, is why anyone is still listening to these modern golf swing guys.
It’s very discouraging, having competed in sports my entire youth, and having experienced very competent coaching in technique from hockey to basketball to track and field, to see what’s going on in golf.
It’s eventually going to go away, but until it does, I’m just wondering how many golfers are going to suffer needless injuries from simply swinging a golf club improperly.
I’m waiting for that day.