I was watching the CBS broadcast of the Honda Classic yesterday and two separate WAX Golfers emailed me on something that I had also noticed – you can not put anything past my sharp-eyed readers!
First, I will hedge my suspicion that television viewers are being deliberately misled when analysts talk about the golf swing, because I don’t know the motivation behind such terrible analyses
The only other logical explanation isn’t any more complimentary – it’s either deliberate or they have no clue what they’re talking about regarding golf swing analysis… take your pick.
The culprit is a regular feature on this blog over the years, Mr. Peter Kostis, who has delivered among the worst analysis you’ll hear on television regarding golf swings, from Jordan Spieth’s swing mechanics to Patrick Rodgers’ flying foot move.
This time, it’s not praising something that we all know to be incorrect technique (as in Rodgers’ restricted hip back swing when Kostis claims to object to restricted hips in other conversations), it’s Kostis saying something that is simply not true, and expecting you to believe him and not your lying eyes.
Let me show you – keep an eye on Luke List’s leading foot action during the back swing, bearing in mind what Kostis has to say about it:
00:07 – He’ll stay flat-footed, but he’s gonna turn his knee… look at the hip turn in the mid-section…
Luke List – “Flat-Footed” Swing?
Just in case the clip above is removed and the PGA Tour doesn’t put the same clip up themselves, I have made a gif. of the relevant part of the back swing:
That’s right, friends – Kostis would have you believe that this is a “Modern” golf swing with no leading heel lift, and if I remember correctly in the telecast, after the point the clip cuts out above, he actually says “modern.”
First of all, you can see with your own eyes that Luke List has a leading heel lift in his swing, and there is no way on earth you’re going to get this much hip turn and the leading thigh that far past vertical without letting the leading heel come up:
Big Hip Turn + Thigh Past Vertical = Leading Heel Lift
And if you need another angle, I found this clip on Youtube this morning showing another angle and a very clear leading heel lift on the back swing:
I mean, there’s not much you can say except, “How do you miss that, especially if you’re making a point of saying he’s flat-footed?!?”
For a closer look, here’s the gif. of that swing:
So, you will have to decide for yourself if a man who is paid to analyse swings on television doesn’t see that heel lift on his super-duper high-resolution monitor (and in person, since he is looking at these players live on the course), or is deliberately saying something that isn’t true.
***Note: Bear in mind – it’s not like I enjoy finding this stuff, but it’s serious business.
Swinging with restricted hip turn and a twisting back is dangerous and harmful.
So, I don’t let these things go, when someone could hurt themselves swinging how they are told someone is swinging when it’s not in fact the case.
After all, Luke List is out there swinging every week, and if you can’t see that he’s swinging in the Classic Golf Swing style with the full and free hip turn and a leading heel lift, then shoddy analysis may be the least of your concerns.
Thanks DKondo and targettom for letting me know you saw it as well!
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