The problem I’ve seen most commonly displayed by various skill levels of swingers with regards the golf swing originates, of course, in the hips and legs.
This would be natural, I assume, because most golfers below a certain age never learned or were shown how to make a proper golf swing pivot using the hips and legs.
When you start out with golf and your instruction (either through lessons or following the television/magazine “tips” on proper swinging) consists of restricting the movement of those hips & legs, it is difficult to overcome that feeling of “looseness” in the lower body as you try to start to pivot with the lower body.
Thanks to everyone who emailed on Tiger Woods’ Instagram post of his driver swing – nothing like the sound of cicadas in the background to bring back childhood memories of hot and hazy summer dog-days!
So, since you asked for my thoughts…
As far as the swing itself goes, I don’t have much to say about it other than I hope he was swinging to produce a big left-to-right fade, because that takeaway was way outside and that ball seemed to be left going left (unless, as I said, it was a big cut he was hitting).
You are always hearing Modern Golf Swing advocates compare the golf swing to various types of throwing, and the PGA Tour showed on their Instagram how the Modern swing principles are bogus, with (of course) a clip of someone showing great form throwing.
Grayson Murray must have had a bad hole on Friday (I wasn’t following this week’s Tour event on television), because what he did after holing out wasn’t exactly a celebration.
I’ve been quiet on the progress of “EMCS2 – The Follow Up” video because I’m focused on the process and it’s also not actually a swing video per se, rather the study guide to the already-completed “E = MCS” swing video which I released in July, and which is The.Simplest.Golf.Swing.Model.Ever.
When I say simplest, I mean of course with the requirement that it be a mechanically-correct swing model, so you could get simpler, I guess, by freezing the hips and legs on the back swing pivot and twisting the lower back – good luck with that, but put in a call to Tiger Woods and various other PGA Tourplayers like Rory Mack and Jason Day (and all of the journeyman Tour players getting treatment in the therapy trailers before and after their rounds) to ask them how that’s going.
The “curse of the rubber band” is the legacy of the Modern Golf Swing theory that you can somehow create elastic power by separating the torso from the hips instead of swinging with the entire body.
I want to show you the dramatic difference between what a properly leveraged golf swing looks like versus one that relies on muscular explosion to generate impact velocity, as if we are made of rubber (which we certainly are not).
I got an awesome email from a Wax Golf reader on the weekend, and Tom From Chicago had some things to say about my views on the Classic vs Modern Golf Swing debate.
I love it when people figure this out for themselves the TomFC did, and if you think you can’t play golf anymore because you’re too old or not flexible enough – if you’re swinging in the Modern Golf Swing way… that’s likely the problem.
It’s a little long, even with some parts edited out, but if you read every word, taking special note of the parts I’ve bold emphasized, you’ll find it worth the time.
I could swear we’ve been here before 3 or 4 times, but O.K., let’s do it again…
Everyone has by now seen, I’m sure, the Instagram swing Tiger Woods posted on social media yesterday, and as most people have noticed, not much has changed for the better.
Albert Einstein has been quoted (and I say “has been” because it’s not really clear who first said this) as saying that “insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results…”
You don’t have to be very perceptive to realize that something is wrong with the so-called “Modern Golf Swing,” and if you are even a little perceptive, you’ll know something is really wrong with it.
You have pseudo-experts in the athletic field advancing a theory of producing power (by restricting the largest muscles in the hips and legs on the back swing and replacing that with a twisting of the lower back to produce the shoulder turn) that would cripple people in other sports (imagine trying that to throw a javelin or shot-put, or to swing a baseball or cricket bat).