I’ve shown Mickey Wright’s golf swing before, and how it’s a great specimen of a Classic Golf Swing, but we can’t leave out perhaps one of the greatest athletes of all time, male or female, who ever played the game – Babe Zaharias.
She mastered just about any sport in which she dabbled, and was actually an Olympic track & field multiple Gold Medalist (2, one in the 80m hurdles with a world record and another in javelin for an Olympic record, and throw in a silver in the high jump, in the ’32 Olympic Games), but sadly died of cancer at the young age of 45.
What many don’t know is that she was a founder of the LPGA and during her time competing, won 14 straight events, which betters even the legendary Byron Nelson’s 11 straight victories on what became the PGA Tour.
In short, she was unstoppable, and when you look at her golf swing, you can see why – take note of the young lad crawling between peoples’ legs to get a good view of Babe’s drive:
I predict one thing is going to happen in modern golf if they ever get around to addressing the ball itself – and that is, you’re going to see an immediate uptick in modern golf injuries as players swing harder and harder, until they finally give up and go back to the Classic Golf Swing action that you see above and below.
Even Tiger Woods is making noises now about the ball going too far (although it’s always curious to see former greats only complaining about the ball after they’ve been passed by younger, longer players, but it makes no difference – if the young guns are hitting it past you with longer balls, they’ll hit it past you with shorter flight balls if you’re both hitting the same), so it’s probably inevitable that something will be done.
They have done things before, such as finally getting around to limiting the size of the driver heads, the trampoline-effect of the faces, and the square grooves in the irons, so unless you want to see golf courses stretching out to 7,500-8,000 yards in length – something will have to give, because it’s the ball right now that is the problem.
You can make all of big-headed drivers you want, but if the ball becomes restricted to take, say 10 % off the distance, you now get drives that were carrying 300 yards down to 270 with the same conditions, and if you make spin a little more, then you bring the fear of missing fairways into the deal as well – just like it was in the days of persimmon and balata!
And if that happens, you’ll see a reversion, pretty quickly, I’m sure, to the Classic Golf Swing, because that is the mechanically-correct way to swing a golf club, and then, you’ll see great ball-strikers back at the top of the game, and the guys who can’t find the center of the club face will struggle to remain relevant.
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: