I got a tip from targettom about some musings on the swing from Sean Foley on the Golf Channel, and other than the fact that he seems to have suddenly discovered proper spine position at address, I have to say that most of what he was saying was a mish-mash of modern swing gobbledygook.
First, I’ll give him credit for finally joining the party on advocating the proper spinal posture as I’ve been doing since… oh, 2014… below you see a diagram from my video in early 2015, the “MCS – Ultimate Leverage,” where I pointed out the relaxed upper spine position and upright posture (a hallmark of the MCS Golf Swing theory, as anyone with my videos knows already) of the Classic Golf Swing era players:
It’s a shame that he didn’t know then what he knows now… you know, when he took the greatest golfer of the modern age and helped him to break his back (he even makes mention of how most back injuries in golf are in the lumbar area).
Second, he completely derails halfway through the segment I watched, when he begins to compare modern golf swingers with the Classic Golf Swing greats.
There’s nothing of any value to be gained from his words after he addresses the proper spine flex at address.
Foley Discusses The Spine
So, if you watched the section or watch it later, what he’s saying (at long last) about the spine is absolutely correct, as I’ve been saying since the Ben Hogan Project from the summer of 2014, where I pointed out Hogan’s erect posture and relaxed upper spine or “slouched” position, but look at what Foley is doing with his legs and the left or leading foot when he talks later about having to turn the hips:
Trying to turn the hips while keeping the leading heel firmly planted immediately causes him to reverse-pivot with the upper body, and you’ll see the arrows I’ve placed where you will experience twisting injuries swinging this way.
I’ve talked about Tiger Woods’ knee issues stemming from his lifetime of swinging with a planted leading heel, and that he went to Foley for a stack & tilt type of swing that let him get a full shoulder turn after he could no longer do it from a right-biased address position as when he was younger due to the knee damage:
Interestingly, Foley talks about lumbar injuries and yet his own swing demonstration shows that the leading knee and the lumbar area are exactly where you’re going to injure yourself swinging with a planted leading foot.
He and Charlie Rymer even discuss Fred Couples (and Rymer himself has to add “even with his back problems”), who is the last person you would ever point to as doing anything to avoid back injuries, but by then, I was done.
So, if you take anything from this segment, it’s that the proper posture is now being described by Sean Foley himself as the one I describe and advocate in my MCS Golf Swing theory.
But let’s not forget that his own player, one Justin Rose, has his own back issues – as do nearly all of Sean Foley’s former and current students, and it was under his watchful eye that this guy broke his back:
So, I’m fascinated by the continuing evolution of the so-called Modern Golf Swing gurus turning back to the Classic Golf Swing principles that they scoffed at not so long ago.
Foley’s never talked about spine posture before – in fact, look at his stiff spine position in an article from 2013 in Golf Digest, which was the year before Tiger Woods broke his back with him, I might add:
Remember, I predicted that the Modern Golf Swing guys would all end up having to change their way of teaching the swing, and that they’d do it slowly and would never admit to having been wrong in the first place.
Looks like my prediction is coming true.
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