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).
In fact, I talked about the rubber-band foolishness now passing for golf swing instruction as far back as three years ago during Tiger Woods’ expected return from his first back surgery (seems like a lifetime ago, doesn’t it?), where the student is taught how to create incremental damage to his lower back until something goes.
That is because the upper and lower halves of the body do separate during a golf swing, as I’ve demonstrated in the “E = MCS” swing video, but in the proper manner, from the top of the back swing, and not during the back swing:
Natural “Separation” Of Torso From Hips
Now, one has the whole range of their natural flexibility to “separate” torso and hips in the proper and mechanically-correct fashion seen above, and that is part of swinging with natural leverage, but you don’t do it by exceeding the natural flexibility and forcing more shoulder turn by twisting the lower back!
Simply put, you build the momentum and leverage for impact from the top of the back swing down to impact, not by violently changing direction from the the back swing to the down swing.
The “leverage” part of the down swing comes from what the hips and legs are doing, so if all you’ve done is twist the lower back and torso to get the shoulder turn with restricted hips, what then?
Well, then you’re going to have to rely on brute muscle power to leverage the club down to impact.
Not too hard to figure out what happens next:
You get the Atomic Drop, or the Harpoon, whatever you want to call it. This is Jordan Spieth above having no natural leverage to accelerate the club down from the top due to his restricted-hip back swing, and that familiar head dip to initiate the down swing is the signature of this problem.
Then, you get the snapping leading leg and knee with the twisting foot as you have to both “jump” out of your harpoon dive (watch the head change direction and move back up coming into impact), as well as the lower back compression from being so far out of proper position.
That leading foot twist, by the way, has a dual purpose in Jordan’s swing – first, the right foot isn’t releasing and the hips need to continue turning, plus the hips need to over-rotate through the impact and follow because with a restricted-hip back swing, the hips will have reached “impact position” before the club, and something has to give if the hips are to continue turning, so you get what you see above.
When you are swinging with a full and free hip turn however and you don’t have your right foot glued to the ground, you can generate club and ball speeds that far exceed what you’d otherwise get (and much more safely) – and some of might approach what the top PGA Tour power swingers are generating, all with a very stable leading foot and leg:
Now, Jordan Spieth is of course no “power swinger,” so he is not in what I call the “high risk” category… yet (because swinging improperly will take its toll on the body however hard or “easy” one swings), but particular swing model just makes him much shorter off the tee than a 6’1″ athletic should be (I’m the same height as JS and more than twenty years older at 47, out of shape, and would easily out-distance him, and I’m no “athlete”), and of course, it wreaks havoc on his accuracy and consistency trying to time the impact you see in his swing gif. above mine.
But for the “power swinger,” this type of motion is very hazardous, because the harder and faster your swing, the more damage you’re liable to cause to your body:
Jason Day, “Power Swinger” – Back
Rory McIlroy, “Power Swinger” – Back, Ribs
Tiger Woods, Former “Power Swinger” – Back, Knee, Neck…
So, some careers will be shortened by decades, and just look around – say at your your PGA Tour events’ physical therapy trailers – broken bodies everywhere, held together by sheer will, determination and millions of dollars of bogus instruction from the golf “biomechanics” industry.
And just think – all of this rubber-band BS is a product of one thing – the obsession with making a back swing or pivot without letting the leading heel separate from the ground as it is supposed to, naturally.
All of these broken backs and knees and the injuries, and the weight-lifting, and the stretching and drills, instructional devices, the bogus swing models …
Just to keep the leading heel planted…
That’s it… when you could just let it do what it does in a natural motion.
Kind of a head-scratcher, isn’t it?
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: