I have made an issue of how modern technology has made ball-striking much easier, especially with the metal woods and getting the ball in play off the tee with the shoe-box-sized driver heads and lower-spinning, longer flight balls.
One thing that has happened is that you’ll hear Modern Golf Swing proponents saying that “the lighter equipment has changed the way you swing” a golf club, which makes no sense at all.
You have modern pro golfers spending half of their time in the gym building muscles, and then you hear that the proliferation of lower-back and hip/leg injuries is due to the golfers being more athletic and explosive, but no one seems to have asked the question:
Why are golfers requiring so much more muscle and explosive power to swing lighter golf clubs than the steel-shafted persimmon wood drivers of yesteryear?
Doesn’t it strike you as odd that golfers are hurting themselves swinging lighter clubs that give you more forgiveness and distance, especially when you’re using the modern balls?
If you are able to get more out of less with the modern equipment, why all the injuries to young, athletic men who are in the prime of their physical lives?
Well, the answer may be that to produce club speed, you still require leverage, and if you’re not using leverage, the slight difference in weight of modern vs older clubs won’t really matter – you’re going to need something to get that club head moving quickly, and there you get the modern “explosive” manner of twisting the lower torso against restricted hips and then changing direction violently to produce that club speed.
This whole idea of using “explosive” force is what is killing backs and bodies – why does the motion have to be “explosive,” so long as you’re generating the club velocity you want, and why do it in a way that’s going to shorten your playing years when you just have to do it the way the body is designed to swing an object?
So, if you want a simple solution to the problem, think of it this way – you need to swing a slightly lighter club with the same motion and technique that you’d use for the slightly heavier club.
I conducted my own little experiment when I got into the high 180’s in mph ball speed earlier in the spring using a “modern” driver – I got out the Momentus Heavy Driver, which is about twice the mass of a regular club, to see what my technique looked like when I was producing high 150’s to low 160’s mph ball speed with it – then I compared the two swing motions:
DJ Swings Momentus Heavy Driver & TaylorMade RBZ Driver
The only difference was that my swing was slower with the Momentus Heavy Driver than with the RBZ, but when I synchronized the speeds to compare the actual motion – as you can see, the two swing actions with heavy vs light clubs are virtually the same.
And this, my friends, is why I’ve never hurt myself swinging a Momentus Heavy Driver at close to the average ball speed of PGA Tour players, which is 165 mph, nor have I ever hurt myself swinging the much lighter modern driver at ball speeds that would have me in the top tier of power swingers on Tour.
It’s because I swing the same, whether it’s a heavy or light club, and I use a mechanically-correct swing model along the Classic Golf Swing line, more specifically the MCS Golf Swing model I’ve developed studying swings for 12 years.
So, just as you’d use the exact same technique to throw a Nerf football as a regular one, or swing an aluminium bat compared to a wooden one… you want to swing your golf club, even if it’s a super-light modern material club, the same way you would have swung the tree-branch heavier ones.
Something to keep in mind… and it’ll save you a lot of grief down the road.
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