Well, I survived (very pleasantly) a grand Christmas Day get-together hosted by one of our daughter’s friends’ family (surviving meaning I didn’t eat and drink myself to death, though I gave it a shot), and we are now on the other side, with the New Year looming.
A few miscellaneous thoughts today:
Tiger Woods & Chris Como Part Ways
Not the biggest news on earth, but Tiger Woods has officially ended his work with Chris Como – their partnership produced 0 Majors, to go with 0 Tour wins.
The going excuse for this utterly barren portion of his career is, “Well, Tiger was struggling with injuries the whole time working with Como, so…”
To which I would repeat what I wrote back on December 2, 2014, when I had a look at Como’s bio and swing model methodology:
I hear that Chris Como is working on his master’s degree in biomechanics. I hate to say it, and I know nothing of the science technically, but from my experience in sports and because I know how to swing, walk and throw, I would give him a big fat “F,” just for the swing model he proposes.
Jack Nicklaus can sleep easy.
I had nothing personal against Como, had never even heard of him to that point, to be honest, but I saw nothing in his methods that was going to help a former power swinger with an ailing back.
Fast-forward a couple of months to what I had to say in February of 2015, when we’d all had a little more time to digest the work they were doing on TW’s swing, and I’d had the opportunity to see some of Como’s instructional material online, if you’re interested.
If the suspense is killing you, it’s official – Como couldn’t change the laws of physics… and TW’s back paid the price for the effort.
I said in December 2014 that there was very little difference between Sean Foley’s swing model and what TW was doing with Como, as I illustrated in a photo with the declaration that:
… it is as simple as drawing a line, to see how absolutely stunning I find it that people are saying what they are saying about something.
You know, calling a cow a horse does not turn it into a horse.
And conversely, saying that a cow is not a cow does not suddenly make it not a cow. It’ll still be a cow, whatever you want to call it.
So, if this is NOT stacking and tilting, what on earth is it?
You see that golfer behind Tiger there? Yeah, I’d be avoiding looking at that move too..
So, I have to say that the end product of their work together produced exactly what I figured it would – not much better swinging, more injuries and ultimately, a good deal more damage to TW’s back.
The problem, of course, is that this is the second coach with whom he’s worked whose swing methods were not conducive to maintaining lower back health, and once again, leaving the coach comes far too late, after all the damage has been done.
I Still See My Back Swing Being Much Shorter In 2108
I wrote earlier in the month that I was excited to be getting to 2018 because of the personal work I’ve been doing on my swing using the same principles I presented in the “E = MCS” & “EMCS2” videos, with regards to leveraging the down swing.
As I said, nothing ever starts at the point where you’re trying to make a change or adjustment – making my down swing more leveraged and efficient meant changing my back swing, which meant changing my address, and it all came from the fact that I still was “crowding” the ball at address, leading to an early (for my liking) hip turn and trailing heel lift.
I’ve been able to get pretty close to what I feel is my optimal swing motion in the past year:
… and while there’s nothing mechanically wrong or incorrect with the above action, it’s not the 100% optimal that I’m seeking, so we’ll return to the above gif. and others in the coming season to check the change in my back swing and top position.
Hint: You’ll see the difference not only in those two things, but in the action of the trailing foot through impact…
Pop Quiz – What’s Wrong With This Picture?
The above picture is from a Golf.com posting on adjusting tee height and ball position to improve ball flight, but…
We actually just went over this a few days ago, didn’t we?
What’s with the vertical spine and nearly-level shoulders in both of the address pictures?
We all know that the proper impact position goes like this:
So then, how much will that Golf.com swinger have to adjust to achieve the proper impact position? Is it any wonder that modern players are dipping and dropping with the head?
The solution, of course, is to have the setup that is appropriate to produce the proper impact position without having to compensate and manipulate, or as I like to say – do it like Jack did it:
So, just a few random thoughts on this Boxing Day, and we’re less than one week away from the New Year and the upcoming release later in January of the “MCS Golf Swing” eBook!
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