Modern Golf Now Using The Shot Put As Their “Swing” Model?

I asked a rhetorical question the other day if a baseball swing is “using the ground” in the same manner the Modern Golf Swing proponents say you get power by leaving the ground.

I also used a javelin throw – but silly me, it seems the the way you’re supposed to get power is by emulating the track & field event known as the shot put!

I kid you not, my friends – I just read an article that tells you, for more power and longer drives, to “squat, twist & jump.”

It’s in Golf.com online, entitled, How To Coil Like A Tour Pro (Even With Limited Flexibility) and offers such wisdom as the following, in part:

Set up as normal, but with your feet closer together and your left foot flared. Congrats! You have full range of motion,

– As you take the club back, think “squat” instead of “lift” … it should feel like a squat.

Flex & Jump. Now you can spring up from the ground at impact, clearing space for your arms to fire through impact with increased velocity and power.


I guess they want you to do something like this with your golf swing:


I’m sure that will work out just fine, don’t you?

And this is all because, to this day, analysts and apparently instructors are not able to comprehend why a golf swinger’s leading foot leaves the ground at impact, which is due to one or both of the following reasons:

  • No significant hip turn on the back pivot, which leaves the swinger with no natural leverage to swing back down, forcing a leading leg or knee “snap” to manufacture leverage and/or
  • A failure to release the trailing foot as the hips turn through from the top of the back swing to the finish – just as you can’t walk with both feet on the ground, you can’t perform a full hip turn, especially at high speed, with both feet on the ground.  So, if on isn’t going to move the trailing foot as the hips turn, the leading foot will jump and twist so that the swinger doesn’t come apart at the seams.


Note: And it’s not a “Power Move,” as I’ve said, because even swingers who are not very long (say, Jordan Speith, who at 6’1″ and with an athletic physique, is far shorter than Justin Thomas) do it as well:


And guess what?

It’s not even a new thing – watch Jimmy Thomson, legendary long driver from the 1930’s and ’40’s doing the same thing with his leading foot because his right foot is anchored throughout the entire down swing:


Again, it wasn’t this move that made him long – look at his full hip turn and wind-up on the back pivot, which was what gave him his power – it was simply a move to preserve his leading knee and hip with the speed and force of his hip turn through impact.

The difference is that 80 years ago, they weren’t telling people to do this deliberately, nor were they saying it would give you more power or lift in your swing.

So, let’s take another look at the swing most closely associated with a golf swing, that of a baseball swing, and let’s see what that swinger is doing with his feet:

Giancarlo Stanton’s “Home Run” Swing


Yup – leading foot firmly planted on the forward swing after the transfer of weight, and the trailing foot releases or slides to allow the full hip turn through impact to the finish.

Now, imagine what Giancarlo would feel in his leading knee and his hip joints if you suddenly nailed that right foot to the ground as he swung through?

That’s the reason for the “flying foot,” and it has nothing to do with generating power.

But the Modern Golf Swing crowd isn’t going to let proper biomechanics get in the way of a great meme to further harm their swingers – and you wonder why golf injuries are increasing even as sports science is supposed to be reducing injuries through improved technique!


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7 thoughts on “Modern Golf Now Using The Shot Put As Their “Swing” Model?

  1. Walter

    Well of course that’s the way you’re supposed to do it, squat/twist, jump! Weren’t you listening to the golf instructor expert “Peter(I’m an idiot) Kostis” on the weekend explain all of that exactly that way. When I watched that I thought for sure DJ would be taking notes, lol. Some one needs to have a talk with good ole Peter and explain to him the ways of a proper golf swing. I see Sean is finally catching on.

    1. D Watts Post author

      I don’t watch as much TV golf as I did, Walter – and the analysis/commentary is the main reason. Jason said it best:

      … the whole point of talking, nay communication, is to say something that you think has value. If he can’t say what he teaches and believes in, Is there any value to what he’s saying on air at all?

      That about sums it up for me. So, whenever that analysis machine revs up during the broadcasts, you can find me putting the TV on mute or simply rolling my eyes…

  2. Walter

    So, whenever that analysis machine revs up during the broadcasts, you can find me putting the TV on mute or simply rolling my eyes…My point exactly.

  3. Jim

    And yet, peter also praised Francesco’s swing as the way to swing a club for both power and accuracy? All depends on who he is talking about what he states is the best swing.

    1. D Watts Post author

      I get emails from targettom on this stuff as he watches everything golf on TV, Jim – so, while I didn’t see his bit on FM’s swing, I heard about it – and I told TT that the next swing analysis, if it was a planted-heel and flying-foot swinger, PK would be praising that swing.

      Sure enough, he emailed me the next day and said, “Yup, that’s what he did!” 😉

  4. Jason

    Thanks for the mention DJ.

    Great analysis – this site is consistently and profoundly in advance of anything in contemporary golf instruction (and, to my mind, what’s historically been written on the subject as well) – it’s a shame to see irrational methods of swinging drowning out the ones based on sound biokinetic theory.

    That being said, I still have the volume on – I still have hope that the swing theorists on tv can change/do better. I just have to suffer listening through all the unsubstantiated hokum, but that’s the price of faith.

    1. D Watts Post author

      I can listen to so much, then I have to take measures to protect my blood pressure! ;-

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