I got an email from a WAX Golf reader who has experience in long driving and is very knowledgeable on biomechanics and the golf swing.
No surprise, he told me he has enjoyed my posts on the false biomechanics memes plaguing Modern Golf (such as “using the ground,” “vertical lift,” etc.) and congratulated me on cutting through the tripe.
On False Memes In Golf
This ties into last night’s Volvik World Long Drive Championship won by Maurice Allen, and this is the second year in a row that I’ve missed out on the event.
Last year, I think I simply overlooked it, but this year, I deliberately didn’t watch it, although I might watch the highlights sometime to check out the swings.
My reader’s email to me after Tuesday night’s preliminary rounds, which I had actually forgotten about due to work on the video project, but he had this to say:
If you’ve been watching the world Long Drive competition, you’re now hearing and likely seething at the new buzz phrase, “vertical thrust” along with “using the ground.” I guess “vertical thrust” is supposed to sound more technical than “jumping” for power.
After reading that, there was no way I was going to watch and listen to that stuff – here’s a swing of Maurice Allen’s by the way:
You’ll notice the MCS-style setup & bias, along with the “shock absorber” knee action on the finish, as well as the releasing right foot.
The toe grabs slightly but you do see it move and that’s all he needs.
Not to mention, watch his hip & leg action and that “stepping into it” move on the down swing, which I’ve covered in the upcoming “MCS – The Kinetic Chain” video.
The twisting leading foot on the toes is only due to the fact that he’s got it so squared it actually looks turned-in a little at impact, and you can’t get to the finish with it in that position without breaking your ankle or snapping your knee ligaments.
Hence, Allen turns on the outside edge of his leading foot to avoid injury, so while the heel does come up, it’s not a “flying foot” in any way shape or form.
It must have disappointed the analysts covering the event to not be able to proclaim that Maurice was “using the ground” or getting “vertical lift” or “vertical thrust” in that swing.
If they did, they were full of it, because he never leaves the ground and his leading foot doesn’t fly up at impact:
Guess what else?
Maurice Allen is 5’8″ tall!
And the new World Champion in Long Driving, so what does that tell you about the “using the ground” stuff?
So… Today’s Clubs Aren’t Longer?
If you read this short piece on Golf.com by the editors (not named), you’ll see that any claims about the equipment not giving today’s players more and more advantages are complete bunk.
The title says it all, actually:
Ask an Equipment Expert: Why should I replace my old driver with a new one?
Because, if your old driver still works, why would you buy another one?
Brian Bazzel from TaylorMade Golf provides the answer:
Players who are okay with outdated performance don’t need new clubs. If that’s you, fine, but you’ll always be lagging behind the players who do invest in new gear, which is vastly superior to older equipment…
… In a new model, like our M3 or M4, you get significant advantages like much larger sweet zones, improved aerodynamics, greater forgiveness on low-heel and high-toe hits…
That’s quite a shopping list of reasons to buy new drivers, and it’s true, but the question I have is:
Why do the best players in the world on the highest level Tours need larger sweet zones and greater forgiveness?
They are using clubs designed to help hackers play better golf with terrible swings – if you’re so good, why do you need a larger sweet spot and more forgiveness on low-heel and high-toe hits?
Today’s pros are using hackers’ clubs, and you wonder why they’re hitting it longer and longer, especially with modern balls designed to spin less, increasing carry distances even more.
In my opinion, I think pros should be using clubs and balls that identify the purest and most accurate swings and ball-striking.
Tiger – My Juno Putter Is
Better Than Not As Good As My Scotty
If you’ve been getting whiplash following the ins and outs of Tiger Woods and his putting woes, you’re not alone.
Last week, Tiger (I can’t find the quote but you’ll have heard this) said that the new TM Juno putter was better than his old 14 major-winning Scotty Cameron putter.
Fast-forward to his horrid putting performance using that putter, and he’s now back to the Scotty Cameron for this week’s BMW.
Multiple observers spotted Tiger with a different putter than he used Monday in the final round of the BMW Championship. Reports suggest that the “new” club is not new at all, but his trusty old Scotty Cameron Newport 2 putter.
That clunk you heard was every TM ad executive falling out of his chair – either that or orders of the Juno putter plummeting into the cellar.
Back to work I go, have a great 1st Round Thursday, everyone!
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