If I told you that the percentage of players on the PGA Tour who use the Classic Golf Swing principle of performing a free hip turn by allowing the leading heel to release on the back swing pivot is pretty low, you’d likely agree with me.
I like to use the term “release” or “floating” rather than “lifting,” because those two terms compared to the latter connote a passive action rather than a deliberate one.
As I’ve said, it’s not how high you lift the heel on the pivot (you don’t have to be Jack Nicklaus or Bubba Watson), but that you release the leading pressure (rather than deliberately trying to keep it down) to allow a free hip turn.
So, if I then told you that the percentage of Classic Golf Swing type players is on the rise and winning a higher percentage of Tour events than Modern Golf Swing players in comparison, you’d likely be surprised.
But let’s look at the numbers, shall we?
This season, we’ve seen at least 7 victories, including the first major, from players who pivot with a free hip action and a releasing leading heel:
- Jon Rahm,
- Bubba Watson ( 2 wins this season),
- Phil Mickelson,
- Rory McIlroy
- Ian Poulter
- Patrick Reed
I have seen Justin Rose and Rory McIlroy releasing the heel at various times in their careers, but neither of them does it enough for it to be a consistent part of their swing model, whereas the swingers above one their events this season swinging with a releasing leading heel.
However, if you see Rory on the weekend where he won the Arnold Palmer Invitational, he definitely was releasing his heel on the driver swing:
That makes at minimum 7 events won out of the 22 events (I didn’t include the 2 opposite field events to the WGC because, really, they’re opposite field to the main PGA Tour schedule events), and that is 31% of the events so far this season, when we know that nowhere near that percentage of players release the heel on their back swing pivots.
Heck, if you want to be a stickler and add the 2 OF events, it’s still 7 of 24 or 29% of the events played this season.
So, it’s not the the Classic Golf Swing is going to one day make a comeback on the Tour, it already has, and the players who swing with free hip turn and a releasing heel are dominating the winning percentage of Tour wins right now.
The Classic Golf Swing has also won the 1st major of the year.
This is incredible, when you think that I’m the one bringing this up and that you won’t hear a whisper of it in the actual industry that is making millions off of Modern Golf Swing lessons and methodology, to the point where analysts on TV will tell you a player isn’t swinging that way when he is…
If you’re still swinging in the Modern style, you’re not only risking injury unnecessarily, but if you’re a pro, you’re decreasing your chances of winning a Tour event, since 30% of them this season have been won by players who are freeing their hips and releasing that leading heel.
Simply, because this way of swinging is the natural way to swing, and so you’re going to get more consistent performance, all else being equal, than if you’re swinging in a way that isn’t natural for the body to move, such as using the twisting of the back to turn the shoulders rather than hip rotation.
You’ll also be likely to incur injuries simply from swinging a club, or experience chronic pain or soreness, all of which lessen practice time if not the number of events in which you play throughout the course of the season.
Something to chew on while you read magazines in your doctor’s or physio’s office waiting for treatment on that aching back or knee!
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