I know that many people don’t delve into the comments (and I don’t blame you, from what I usually see in the comments sections of other websites), so for those of you who remember my posting on the spine and twisting from last summer (spoiler: don’t do that), here’s a great video from John Vickers, CSCS, of the Golf Swing BMI on that same subject.
By the way, CSCS stands for Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist, and this is the description of such a designation from the NSCA or National Strength & Conditioning Association:
Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialists® (CSCS®) are professionals who apply scientific knowledge to train athletes for the primary goal of improving athletic performance.
They conduct sport-specific testing sessions, design and implement safe and effective strength training and conditioning programs and provide guidance regarding nutrition and injury prevention. Recognizing that their area of expertise is separate and distinct, CSCS® consult with and refer athletes to other professionals when appropriate.
I contacted Mr. Vickers after posting the previous piece on his videos and he responded with appreciation that I’m trying to help make his job easier.
But here, we’re finally getting some science in the realm of proper golf swing mechanics, and of course, it doesn’t have anything to do with the Modern Golf Swing principles from so-called biomechanics or kinesiology “specialists” or “gurus.”
Any science on the golf swing, if it’s actual and proper science, will strongly discourage you from trying to swing in the Modern Golf Swing style and steer you towards principles from the Classic Golf Swing school of thought, and of course, that’s no surprise to anyone who’s been here for any length of time.
For those of you who’ve already downloaded and watched my “E = MCS” video on the optimal mechanically-correct golf swing however, the below clip will be shockingly familiar, considering I’ve never seen any of Mr. Vickers’ videos before this week (thanks again to DKondo for the find).
First, remember my posting on the proper way to get “separation” which I said would be done in the thoracic (or middle of the) spinal region and not in the lumbar (lower back) region, because the lumbar region has very little natural mobility, with a gif. of something from the “E = MCS” video:
Now, if you will, have a look at what someone trained in the “science” of athletic performance and injury prevention has to say about the spine, and how to get proper “separation” without hurting oneself:
You’ll notice how Mr. Vickers hits all of the points of a mechanically-sound action for the golf swing:
- power and most importantly,
- preventing/decreasing risk of injury from improper technique
And you’ll notice as well that he directly disputes the whole modern “X Factor” way of swinging, “It’s not how the body properly works!”
Another quote of his that I love, because I’ve said it (and this applies to Tiger Woods and his apparently “rebuilt” but still back-twisting swing), is that “if you try to do the X-Factor, in rotating this (lower) part of your back, you’re going to be injured – it’s only a matter of time…”
So, the science is out there, folks, and 2018 will consist of my finding that science, or getting it myself if need be, to back up the MCS Golf Swing model which is, you can believe, the optimal mechanical action for swinging a golf club to get maximum speed & power (through proper leveraging), consistency (because of no compensations) and decreased injury risk – all in one bag.
There’s been a lot of junk science causing a good deal of damage to, wreaking havoc, really, upon bodies in the Modern era, and it has to stop.
I’ve given you all the 12 years of empirical research findings in the MCS Golf Swing videos over the years, and now it’s time to put the scientific proof to the pudding!
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: