This Is Cool – Back Injury Researcher Has A Classic Golf Swing Model

There is a university not to far from where I live, by the name of the University of Waterloo, that is home to Dr. Stuart McGill, a professor emeritus there, about whom Welshman has been telling me over the summer.

I haven’t had time to fully investigate him, having been busy with the “E = MCS” video and now the follow-up material, but I went to check him out today at Welshman’s urging, and some of you will love this…

His views on the back and athletic motion support Classic Golf Swing theory over Modern Golf Swing theory, if what I’ve seen researching his work is any indication!

First, a little about Dr. McGill, from his bio as taken from the above link at BackFitPro Inc, to establish his credentials:

Dr. Stuart M. McGill is a professor emeritus, University of Waterloo, where he was a professor for 32 years. His laboratory and experimental research clinic investigated issues related to the causal mechanisms of back pain, how to rehabilitate back-pained people and enhance both injury resilience and performance.

This produced over 240 peer-reviewed scientific journal papers, several textbooks, and many international awards. He mentored over 40 graduate students during this scientific journey.

During this time he taught thousands of clinicians and practitioners in professional development and continuing education courses around the world.

We Were Correct, Brandel!


Now, first of all, I have never been to any of the sites connected to Dr. McGill before today, and those of you who have followed my blogging on the golf swing know fully well that I always point out things that others do with which I agree.

I don’t steal ideas (as shown by my crediting the late Mike Austin with being the model for my MCS golf swing models up until I left his school of thought in 2013 prior to the development of the last MCS model which I based upon Ben Hogan and Jack Nicklaus with some contributions of my own), and keeping that in mind, you saw me introduce the Kettle Bell in the “E = MCS” video:

It was a Kettle Bell, simply because I needed something with weight and already owned a 20 lb Kettle Bell, having purchased it in 2011 or 2012.

And, as those of you who’ve reserved the upcoming “EMCS2 – The Follow Up” video, you’ll know that I will once again feature the Kettle Bell in the “One Exercise,” the only golf swing exercise you will ever need again to groove your swing and maximize your leverage and power.

So, imagine my surprise when I followed a link to BackFitPro’s Facebook page and saw this below!

I followed the link from that image and…

Yup!!! That’s A Kettle Bell!!

I was now intrigued by the coincidence, and so I continued, searching for the golf swing video clip that Welshman had asked me to take a look at.

He wanted me to determine whether or not Dr. McGill’s views on the golf swing would comport with the MCS (as well as any other Classic Golf Swing) methodology.

I am pleased to say that, while I haven’t spoken with Dr. McGill personally (yet, because I would love to), his golf swing model, one Lee Brandon (a former World Long Drive Champion), is swinging in the Classic Golf Swing style in the below clip that I found at the site:

In the below video, you’ll see Lee swinging, and it is a mechanically-correct “floating heel” pivot with the free and full hip turn along the lines of the Classic Golf Swing methodology.

This means, of course, that I am now seeing scientific research proving that the Classic Golf Swing is the proper way to swing, and any research that supports Classic over Modern would of course support MCS Golf Swing theory, as it’s nothing more than my “simplest golf swing model” possible using a proper and mechanically-sound golf swing model.

I have just begun looking into Dr. McGill’s work on the back and athletic motion, but I am really liking what I see.

But there you have it, my friends!

You’ll remember my lament from yesteryear on the nature of kinesiology and biomechanics:

Golf Biomechanics Begins With a False Premise

And which premise is that?

The premise, wherever it arose, that the “perfect” golf swing has a planted leading heel on the back swing, combined with twisting the torso against the restricted hips to create the coil at the top.

And so what they are doing, in fact, is studying the best way to swing with a flawed mechanical action (keeping the leading heel planted).

They’re studying how best to break your back, in essence.

Well, I am delighted to say that, for the first time in my 12 years researching swing mechanics myself, I have found a biomechanics expert who does NOT fall into the classification I provided above!

And that, my friends, is a very good thing to see…

Back Pain or Back Injury Swinging a Golf Club?

Lacking Power, Speed, Distance and or Consistency? 

Need A Swing That Is More Easily Maintained?

If You Answered “Yes” To Any Of The Above Questions, The Answer Is In The Formula For The Golf Swing:

“E = MCS” The Swing Video

2 thoughts on “This Is Cool – Back Injury Researcher Has A Classic Golf Swing Model

  1. Chief Cowpie

    Your swing model appears to me to be a bit more refined from from I see so far from Dr Lee but still digging around. Don’t think anyone will hurt themselves unless the drop the kettle bell on a toe. Hold onto the kettle folks. No early release!

    1. D Watts Post author

      Well, I didn’t really intend to compare Lee’s swing with the MCS swing model, Chief – MCS is the theoretically simplest possible Classic Golf Swing model I can see, but Lee’s is still a Classic Golf Swing action and therefore far more mechanically correct than the Modern Golf Swing.

      It isn’t perfect, but it’s definitely better than any “expert analyst” can point to in the realm of Modern models.

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