I have said for years and years that what wrecked Tiger Woods’ left knee (he’s had at least four surgeries on it, beginning back even before he turned pro) was the planted-heel pivot method of the Modern Golf Swing.
To be honest, TW would have had a perfect swing when he was the world’s best amateur, if he had only not nailed that leading foot to the ground and had allowed proper hip and knee action on his pivot.
Ironically enough, I saw one of WAX Nation’s citizens yesterday at the golf facility where I practice, and part of our discussion was on the “Junk Science” in golf that you don’t find in any other sports.
So, once again – I have said that Tiger’s knee problems were the result of the stress he put on it for years and years as a youth, with that planted-heel pivot, and the reason is that pivoting this way is possible when you’re young and supple, but you’re placing a lot of torque force on that leading knee, and will pay the price for it later:
If you look at the picture above, which I posted all the way back in 2014, I showed that the planted-heel would put stress on the leading knee and the lower back, making an otherwise perfect swing action flawed and physically-harmful.
Now, you can watch this short (1 minute) clip illustrating exactly what I meant by that, from GMB Fitness, who are personal training and bodybuilding experts, one of the 3 founders having a Masters Degree in Physical Therapy (MPT) and who is also an American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS):
If you didn’t watch the video, it was a simple demonstration of how turning the hips while keeping the leading foot planted twists the knee in a way that the knee is not designed to do – the knee is a “hinge” joint and not a “ball joint” like the shoulder or hip:
Wrong (Modern Pivot) Way vs Mechanically-Correct (Classic Pivot) Way
Before I continue – do you see anything striking about the two images above?
How about the first one having the weight and hips over the leading leg (like the “Stack & Tilt” and other modern swing models) versus the weight and body being over the right foot in the second (like the Classic Golf Swing with a right-biased position)?
You see my point about now how, if you want to know proper motion, you have to leave the “biomechanics” and “kinesiology” so-called “specialists” in the golf field and turn to other sports for the proper way to move?
These gentlemen don’t even talk about the golf swing, they are simply telling people they train how to and how not to turn!
Therefore, you don’t want to be putting twisting forces on the knee, and the Classic Golf Swing is then obviously the only way in which to perform a proper golf swing pivot, whereas the Modern Golf Swing methodology is fatally flawed, not only because of the stress and damage it inflicts on the lower back, but also the leading knee.
Tiger Woods has denied this fact for years, insisting that the left knee issues were caused by anything from falling off skateboards as a kid to Navy S.E.A.L. training, but he has finally admitted that it was the Modern swing method that ruined his knee:
Tiger Woods plays down impending comeback after TRASHING his knee
“People ask me, ‘Why don’t you go back to your 2000 swing?’ I can’t, because my knee is trashed from all those years of playing that way,” Woods said on a podcast with Geno Auriemma.
“I’ve had four operations on my knee. Forget when my back was bad, pre-surgeries and pre-back problems, people were saying the same thing. ‘Why don’t you go back to 2000?’
“I can’t do that anymore. I have to look for a different way.”
So, you can chalk this up to another conclusion I reached years ago regarding the perils of the Modern Golf Swing, shown above by actual motion specialists, who would condemn the modern method as surely as they are demonstrating what look like golf pivots in the video above.
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