Today’s pros (and anyone swinging in the Modern Golf Swing style, really) suffer from “Little Legs, Big Arms” Syndrome, whereby they are trying to generate power without much leverage by torquing the back and torso to get a full shoulder turn.
The unavoidable fact is that the largest muscles in the body are in the hips and legs, and so the very idea of trying to be powerful without using those muscles to swing is not only paradoxical but harmful to long-term physical well-being.
If you look at Mike Dunaway, the father of modern long drive and the tester for the Callaway Big Bertha driver prototype, you’d see that he doesn’t have what you’d call a “long drive” look to his swing, as it’s pretty compact:
The thing about having 12 years of swing research under my belt, and having made hundreds of thousands of swings myself over those years (some days I’d hit 500-600 balls, mostly driver) is that you start seeing things in other peoples’ swings, and once you have a pretty good knowledge of motion and leverage, things jump out at you when looking at swings.
The above gif. of Dunaway’s “up-the-line” driver swing is no exception – once I isolated the aspect of the “Big Legs, Little Arms” power production and made some swings the same way, I glance at that gif. and his leveraging and speed coming through the ball just leap out of the monitor.
When I watch Dunaway’s down swing above, I see this:
It all has to do with that top position:
And if you work on your Kettle Bell “One Exercise” from the EMCS2 video, especially the transition exercise, you’ll start getting the hang of the “Big Legs, Little Arms” concept before I can fully address it when the season begins anew for me next spring… but I will be sinking my teeth into this in the upcoming eBook…
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