It seems that every time I turn the TV on to watch a golf broadcast (or have it watch me while I’m working), I hear something mind-boggling regarding golf swing mechanics or otherwise.
I don’t know exactly what the situation was, because I was working on the “MCS – The Kinetic Chain” video in between the craziness of the back-to-school week with the three kids, but it was at about 3:20 EST this afternoon on the Golf Channel telecast of the Dell Technology, when Johnny Miller spilled the beans.
Johnny: The Balls & Springy-Face Clubs Of Today Are Longer!
I had just blogged about Chris Kirk’s ridiculous comments about how the modern balls and clubs aren’t making players longer than in the past, and I believe that Johnny Miller was talking about a hole where hazards guarding the fairway had in the past really intimidated players.
But “with today’s balls and springy-faced clubs, not anymore,” Miller mused, obviously saying that players with today’s equipment are now just blasting their tee shots beyond the danger spot on that hole.
This is what you get when you have a certain meme that the industry is pushing, when it is a false meme – eventually someone will trip up and give the lie away when they are off-guard and thinking about something else, in this case, how a hazard on a golf course affects player tee shot.
And it’s not the first time I’ve caught the meme-busting musings on a telecast – back during the Players Championship telecast, Gary Koch (I believe it was him) gave away the lie of the “Flying Foot Syndrome” meme, where repeated analyses on TV claim it’s a move to “use the ground” or get “vertical lift” as a player’s leading foot is flying around during impact:
NBC showed a slow-motion replay of Lee’s swing, face-on, and I’ll paraphrase Koch’s analysis as it showed Lee’s flying leading foot through impact:
You see the left foot there coming off the ground, he never got to that left foot, never got his weight off his right (trailing) foot and you gotta do that to hit a fade…
Unfortunately however, Miller’s redemption was short-lived as on a Bryson DeChambeau putt on the 8th hole, he ridiculously claimed that DeChambeau’s straight-arm putting style and swing involves “the arms moving the body, not the body moving the arms…”
He also said it was a great way to swing, to let the arms move the body “rather than having the torso do it,” which would lead me to ask the question:
Pardon me, but if the arms are straight (so that the elbows don’t contribute any movement to the putter) and not moving within the shoulder sockets as Bryson “rocks the shoulders…” please tell me what on earth is making the arms swing back and forth, if it isn’t the torso???
Do I have to point out that if the arms are moving and it isn’t the shoulder joints doing it, that the only other source of motion possible is the torso?
I’ve already heard some nonsense on TV that DeChambeau doesn’t have any wrist cock in his single-plane back swing, so this much be a CGI-created image of him:
As you can see, Dechambeau’s club shaft reaches a 90-degree angle to his left forearm at the top of the back swing, and if you’re going to tell me you can do this without cocking the wrists, I’m sure there is a Nobel Prize in Physics awaiting you.
I’m sure I would testify under oath that, yes, it seems DeChambeau has a lot less cock in his right wrist than the usual swinger, but to claim that there is none at all, is just more balderdash.
Sometimes I think the guys on TV are trolling everyone, because they really can’t believe what they’re saying on the air, can they?
PS – On a more positive note, it seems that DeChambeau is about to notch the 4th win of his young career and the 3rd of this season.
After a very rough and non-card-earning 1st season, one of the most successful amateurs in modern history is finally beginning to play as a pro the way he did before turning pro!
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