I only ask this because a long-time WAX Nation citizen (thanks, KC!) forwarded me a post from Andy Plummer’s (of Stack & Tilt fame) that seems to suggest that Butch Harmon may have begun to have second thoughts about the Modern Golf Swing.
I say “may have” because this is the ultimate in hearsay, but I would imagine that Andy Plummer either heard this directly on a Sky Sports broadcast (Ewen Murray is a broadcast analyst with Sky, as is Butch, for that matter) or someone told him of this.
That said, this is what I saw when I went to the Stack & Tilt Facebook Page:
For those who can’t read the picture, the conversation is quoted thusly:
Ewen Murray, Sky Sports
Ewan (sic) Murray: Butch, how have your teachings of golf swing changed over the last 20/30 years?
Butch Harmon: I’m not a fan of the modern golf swing, restricting the hips and turning the shoulders. Puts too much pressure on the spine. 23/9/17
From this, I would infer that the above exchange took place on Sky Sports’ Saturday coverage of the Tour Championship (PGA Tour event) this past weekend.
And while I heartily agree with Butch’s reported assessment of the Modern Golf Swing, I haven’t seen or heard anything aside from this blurb provided by Plummer to indicate he’s had a change of heart on it.
Still, it would be very interesting to hear that Tiger Woods’ coach from his teen years to his late 20’s (TW switched to Hank Haney in ’04) now doesn’t buy into the Modern Swing philosophy.
Sadly, it would be far too late for one Tiger Woods, whose left knee woes I would attribute directly to his planted-heel and restricted-hip golf swing action, which would also later destroy his back under Sean Foley.
It is also suspicious to me when golf instructors/analysts who have made untold amounts of money pushing the Modern Golf Swing start talking about how they disagree with it.
Peter Kostis comes to mind, who while he stated on Twitter that personally, he hates the restricted-hip swing, can be seen weekly on CBS golf broadcasts praising modern swing model after knee-snappin’, foot twistin’ modern golf swing model.
The only analyst I’ve seen being consistent in his views on the swing, to be honest, is of course Golf Channel analyst and former PGA Tour winner Brandel Chamblee, who has made his opposition to the modern swing philosophy known, both on television, in magazines, and of course in his book on the Classic Golf Swing “Anatomy of Greatness,” which I have heartily recommended since its release last year, and which I will continue to rec.
For those of you who weren’t around last year, I reviewed “Anatomy” on this blog last year and was astounded to read much of the same sentiment that I hold, presented by Chamblee after his research on the golf swing.
I am still waiting for that tide to turn, for that pendulum to swing back from the madness of the Modern Golf Swing back to the proper mechanical action of the Classic Golf Swing.
Is Butch Harmon following Chamblee’s lead?
We’ll have to see, but judging by the comments on the Stack & Tilt page, Harmon’s words were as much a surprise to just about everyone as they were to me!
Word of advice for anyone taking up golf – if you can find an instructor who teaches the swing in the classic style of the way Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson, Arnold Palmer used to swing (and the way modern players Phil Mickelson, Vijay Singh and Bubba Watson became multiple major winners), do your back and body a favor and go with that!
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