If you want any proof at all how damaging and dangerous the Modern Golf Swing is, you can probably find it yourself simply be looking at the region where most back injuries appear to be occurring in these modern players.
Tiger Woods, Nick Watney, Jason Day – you can go on and on with the list of golfers suffering from lower back pain and injuries, and yet, how does a guy (like yours truly) get up day after day with an aching lower back (from a deformity – scoliosis – and not an injury) with no problem in swinging a golf club?
Remember the story I have told about tweaking my lower back just before a trip to Arizona last winter, and how, when I was speaking at the Wax Golf Southwest Summit, I had no problem ripping 300 yard drives even though I couldn’t bend over to tie my shoes or tee up the ball…
And so, this is a very short and sweet posting, as I’m pushing through the last of the “MCS – Dropping The Hammer” video – most if not all of the back injuries golfers are suffering today are in the “lower back,” which in layman’s terms means the spinal lumbar region:
We know that Tiger Woods did it in that region (which is ironic, considering swing guru Sean Foley wrote a piece when he landed Tiger as a pupil, entitled “4 Steps To Save Your Back”), we know that Nick Watney did it there, and you can see clearly where Jason Day is hurting:
Do you need more examples?
Just read this piece called “A Glut of Injury On The PGA” by Kirwan Kanwal, on the problems every modern Tour player, it seems, is having with their lower backs, and this is a great paragraph for me:
Also, many tour players are unable to rotate their lead hip area during the downswing, so have to forcefully power through with the trail-side gluteal muscles, which creates a lot of sacro-iliac and lumbar-region stress.
There, you have the whole cause for this:
See Jordan Spieth above?
I would submit that Tour players “are unable to rotate their lead hip area during the downswing” precisely for the reason I’ve been pounding for years:
Because when you restrict your hip turn on the back swing, the problem shows up at impact where the hips have no where to go, having returned to the impact position far ahead of the rest of the body.
I don’t think I can be any clearer on this. The modern swing is what’s causing these back injuries, not the simple fact that they are playing golf.
You can swing without breaking your back, and why these players are convinced that the way that is causing all of this damage is the proper way to do it, just baffles me.
So, the whole premise of the Modern Golf Swing is to restrict the hips on the back swing and to twist that lower back region to create resistance and tension to power the down swing…but let me point out what I think should be “painfully” obvious (excuse the bad pun) to the modern swing gurus:
Does Anyone NOT See That This Is Curved? “Twist” Here?!?!
Think about that for a minute and ask yourself how golf got even this far into the Modern age without people simply saying, “Twist my what?!? Are you insane?!?”
That’s what I would ask anyone telling me to do what the modern pros are being told to do.
I would simply point out the glaring disconnect in the logic of the Modern Golf Swing vs the Classic Golf Swing to begin with:
- You’re supposed to swing modern to create more power, yet today’s players, if they swung persimmon clubs and used balata balls, would struggle to get the distances the classic era players produced day in and day out. So…where’s all the power??
- If the MGS is supposed to produce power and stability, why are all of these players coming down with swinging injuries, and why are they swinging so hard to begin with, with this modern equipment? And why are they all tap-dancing and pirouetting through impact, which I’m pretty sure is the polar opposite of “stable?”
And MY Burning Question: Who let that first MSG guy into the facility rather doing what any other sports’ training facility would have done the minute he opened his mouth, which would have been to provide him with an unceremoniously swift exit, using his head to open the doors?
Burning questions that no one seems to be able to answer.
Save your lower back and turn your hips to power the swing, my friends.
Back to work!
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