I don’t know if you remember, but I posted on Sergio Garcia’s swing model a couple of months back, when he won the Dubai Desert Classic in February.
Therein, I compared Sergio at 37 to Tiger Woods at 38 (the age TW was when he broke his back working with Sean Foley), surprise, surprise!! Sergio just won his maiden major tournament, at the old age of 37…
Again, you will see golfers play longer and win at older ages, when they are swinging with a mechanically-sound model, and Sergio has proved it once more.
I posted a swing gif. of his driver motion, and this is a great angle to view the full and free hip turn on the back swing pivot, complete with “floating heel” action:
While Sergio made a couple of clutch putts on the back nine (one to save par on 13, and that spectacular eagle roll on 15), it was his ball-striking that stood out as he brought home the Green Jacket.
I hadn’t thought I’d be rooting for any player yesterday when the final round began, but as soon as Sergio took the lead on the front 9, I realized I was hoping for a Sergio win.
Interestingly, the man who nearly beat him to win his 2nd major was Justin Rose, who has been plagued by back issues working with (who could have guessed) Sean Foley, except for a brief time a while back when he was experimenting with a “floating heel” pivot swing:
Justin Rose Floats The Heel
Look at how vigorously Rose was able to go after the ball with that floating heel pivot.
At the time, he was actually out-driving Rory McIlroy on at least one occasion (I recall reading an article about Rory tinkering with his equipment and wondering why Rose was hitting it past him, I’ll see if I can dig it up).
Watching Rose swing yesterday however, he has still not made the connection between his long-hitting prowess of a year ago and the fact that the back issues flared up again as soon as he stopped doing that little “floating heel” thing…
I’m sure you saw his wince and grimace after one drive on the back nine.
So, in the modern golf swing era, we have yet another “floating heel” swinger who has won a major in his 30’s to 40’s, to join Bubba Watson (2 majors over 30), Phil Mickelson (3 majors in his 30’s, 2 in his 40’s) and Vijay Singh (2 majors over 30, 1 over 40, and the most Tour wins over 40 all-time).
Compare those to the greatest modern golf swing player of all time, Tiger Woods, who hasn’t won a major since he was 32, and who isn’t even playing in his 40’s due to little pesky issue of having required 3 spinal surgeries.
I’ll say it again – you can play golf and win with any swing you choose, but if you want to be around for a while, then you’d better figure out how to swing with mechanical-correctness, because even the greatest modern player of all time couldn’t fool Mother Nature – swing incorrectly and you will pay a price for it, either now, or later.
Congrats on your 1st major victory, Sergio!
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