Why is that?
Because you should not be using your back to swing a golf club, since the power source is the hips/legs or lower body.
I have swung the Momentus Heavy Driver (which comes in at 500 grams or over 1 lb, twice the mass of a standard modern driver) and produced ball speeds of 160+ mph, when the Tour average ball speed is in the 160s – and here below, you can see me doing that, and I don’t ever worry about hurting myself doing so:
Swinging The Momentus Heavy Driver
And as I’ve said before, the swing mechanics for producing speed would be the same for power, so it should be the same when swinging either a heavy or lighter driver – see below my swing with a modern TaylorMade RBZ driver last spring beside the Momentus driver swing, adjusted so they sync up:
Momentus vs TaylorMade RBZ
So, it is interesting that the man who has been a topic of discussion here more than once for the unsound swing analysis he provides… has a prize pupil named Paul Casey… who is sitting out this week’s Players Championship with a back injury.
From the GolfDigest article by Joel Beall:
Paul Casey informed officials on Wednesday that he has withdrawn from the 2018 Players Championship. Casey, ranked 12th in the world and 10th in the FedEx Cup, has bowed out due to a back injury. He received treatment on Wednesday morning at the course, but was advised by medical staff to sit the tournament out rather than risk further ailment.
Hmm… I find that odd – “sit the tournament out rather than risk further ailment…”
That would seem to suggest that it was an injury that was caused by swinging, and that further swinging would further injure the back.
What makes it even more interesting is the fact that, two years ago, I made a trip to Arizona to visit DKondo and the Southwest WAX Golf Chapter, and I had hurt my own back turning awkwardly a couple of days before the trip.
I could barely find a suitable position in which to sit during the nearly five hour flight, but guess what?
Even with a back injury that made it nearly impossible for me to tie my own shoes or even tee up a ball, I was hitting drives of well over 300 yards that week when I gave a demo of the MCS Golf Swing methodology:
DJ In AZ With An Injured Back – Driver
So I’m just wondering how the star pupil of the man who gives golf swing analysis on CBS injured his back and why his golf swing would further aggravate the problem.
Well, I don’t have to wonder, because this is the kind of analysis you’ll get from his swing coach:
Like I said in the posting on this swing clip, this was what Peter Kostis had to say about Patrick Rodgers’ swing:
“This is the proto-typical golf swing of the future… doesn’t turn his hips very much during the back swing...he really thrives by working the legs, clearing the hips hard through the ball on the forward swing…this is a player who really uses his legs, very very effectively.“
So, if your swing instruction comes from a man who thinks that not turning the hips on the back swing then driving hard with the legs on the down swing is something to be emulated and “very very effective…”
… then don’t be surprised when you come down with a back injury, and not for the first time, knowing Mr. Casey’s history.
A fine golfer, but with a Modern Golf Swing – that means time off for injuries.
And if you ever wonder why I’m so hard on Modern Golf Swing proponents on this blog, it’s because the Modern Golf Swing is a fallacious theory, not grounded in sound biomechanics, and it is harming golfers the world over.
If that is not worthy of condemning, then nothing in the world of golf is.
Wishing Paul a speedy recovery.
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