Modern Golf & Tiger Woods Syndrome – The “Drop”

I have talked before about how you get a lot of Modern Golf Swing players diving into the down swing, and I’ve alternately called it the “Harpoon” move (that phrase is not mine, but that of Mike Austin’s).

You also hear it talked about on TV as the “head drop,” and this is the funniest part of what I watch & listen to on television – when Tiger Woods was the best in the world, the same drop kept coming up in a positive way.

Now that he’s had four back surgeries and isn’t shooting 5 under par every round, it’s considered a flaw.

The secret is that it always was, but when you’re athletically gifted, have great hand-eye coordination (usually don’t get one without the other) and are young, you can get away with it.

The problem that Modern Golf Swingers have is that when you don’t pivot with the full body, you lose natural leverage that everyone has when they pivot properly, just as everyone can leverage a judo throw if they learn how to do it.

With the Modern pivot method of separating the shoulders from the hips though, that natural leverage is lost, and now you get swingers who are “stuck” before they’ve even begun the down swing.

Where the natural connection of the “locked at the top” hips & shoulders give you the down swing the second your hips begin to move into the down swing, with a disconnected hip & shoulder position… you’re stuck.

So, you get a “harpooning” action where the swinger is pulling downward with the leading side of the body, like a bell-rope pull, in order to begin the downward momentum of the club:


I’ve highlighted this drop before with TW:

And I’ve shown Jordan Spieth doing the same thing with his “stuck at the top” down swing transition lunge at the ball:

You can actually see the “pull-down” move of both players above, due to the kinetic chain from the feet to the hands being broken at the hips and lower back.

Not the way to do it.

Now contrast it with a player who has a more Classic Golf Swing method, say, Luke List, who has a great back swing pivot with free hip turn.

Watch Luke’s head just float above the hips and legs as they begin the down swing transition, and how there’s no “pull-down” move or downward lunge:

Doesn’t get much better than that, does it? The kinetic chain from the feet to the hands is unbroken with the full-body pivot, and it’s “Go-Time.”

And it all begins and ends with a proper back swing pivot and a proper “locked at the top” position going into transition.

The hands and club do get “pulled” down in the down swing, but it’s because of the hips & legs leveraging the hands down, not from “pulling” downward.

As I’ve said in my EMCS videos, the difference between a proper pulling down of the hands and club versus the “harpoon” or “bell-rope” is the head remaining stable.

So, if it’s dropping like the first two swingers, you’ll be harpooning, and likely hit fat if you don’t jump back up with the leading side through impact, both impairing your coordination and stressing the lower back and leading joints.

There’s a proper way to “pull” the swing down from the top, and it’s with the hips & legs, not with the head!

This can all be practiced with the drills and exercises I’ve given everyone in the “E = MCS” & “EMCS2” videos – the first video being the actual swing video (in which you’ll find the “One Major Move” & “Wall Drill” for the pivot action) and the second being the supplemental trouble-shooting guide with the Kettle Bell “One Exercise.”

To the “MCS Golf Swing” eBook readers, you have the two drills from the “E = MCS” video in there for you, as well.

It’s all there, just follow the steps and do the exercises to harness that leverage power!

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4 thoughts on “Modern Golf & Tiger Woods Syndrome – The “Drop”

    1. D Watts Post author

      Well, we’ve seen enough of that. I don’t hope for anything different though, because if we were going to, I imagine we would have by now… unfortunately…

      1. Mike Divot

        A few weeks back when Tiger was showing up on social media taking gentle swings, getting ready for his comeback, it did look like he was looking after his back. More hip turn, no violent lunge.

        I guess you can’t teach an old tiger new tricks. He sure can’t teach himself. Now all the expert Tiger watchers are back to wondering why he looks so glorious on the practice range but reverts to violent lunges on the course. It’s what he’s always done.

        I predict his scores (as a trend) will gradually get worse and worse until we see another old Tiger trick, walking off the course WD.

        1. D Watts Post author

          I thought the swings he was posting online before the return at Hero were laughably easy swings:

          Even with that easy a pass, he was still dropping quite a bit into the down swing.

          No one was going to play pro golf swinging that way, and I think I said so at the time…

          A swing like that isn’t going to play on the PGA Tour, unless TW plans on hitting mid and long irons to every green, and the interesting part will be when he begins to ramp it up to 115-120 mph impact velocity for a possible return.

          So… yes, I agree with MD. The WD thing I won’t predict, because when it comes to that, it’s all over except for the gnashing of teeth and rending of clothes in Golf-Media-Land.

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