Here’s A Tight Back Swing (Anthony Kim)

I know most people won’t have heard of Anthony Kim if they are new to the game (new meaning in the last 5 to 8 years), and he’s no longer in the game, but I ran across a clip of him swinging.

All I could think about watching it was, “Now, that is a tight back swing!”

See for yourself:


It’s too bad what happened to him, but he’s simply one of the more high-profile victims of the Modern Golf Swing – I would put his neck and back injury issues down to the fact that he swung with a planted leading heel.

He was a great iron player and putter (if you remember his ’08 Ryder Cup dismantling of Sergio Garcia), and looked to be a sure superstar for years to come, but of course, you can’t play when you’re injured.

When I see his top position, it reaffirms what I told everyone in the last video “MCS – The Kinetic Chain,” although it only applies to A.K. with regards to his arms and club.

In fact, compare his top position to one with a 20 lb Kettle Bell swung using the body to leverage it:


Great position but even here below however, you see the firmly planted leading heel, which leads to the restricted hip back swing, and the big torso twist in the leading back:

Still, a great tight top position, don’t you think?


He’s never going to play pro golf again however, so there’s probably a very low chance of him injuring himself just hitting balls from time to time and playing low-key charity events.

With the Modern Swing, the more you practice, the more you play, the harder you swing (who’s going to swing out of his shoes playing in hit-and-giggles?), the more damage you accrue and the higher the risk of a  significant injury.

For the old-time WAX Nation readers from the Smash Golf and DJ Watts Golf days, sure brings back memories watching A.K. hit it, no?


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4 thoughts on “Here’s A Tight Back Swing (Anthony Kim)

  1. Jason

    Fantastic DJ – I am also fascinated with the story of Anthony Kim – how fast his star rose and fall. Apparently he owns several businesses now. It would make an incredible comeback story if he could ever return….

    1. D Watts Post author

      I was going to make the point that a comeback is unlikely considering A.K. cashed in his insurance policy years ago – now, if it were an annuity coverage paying him incrementally, it’s possible he could cancel the payments and return to play, but that is just guessing on my behalf.

      I don’t know what kind of payout it was, or if he would be able to play again without repaying what he has received… in any event, I see him “playing” out the string in Vegas in comfort and never having to make another 7:00 am tee time 😉

  2. peterallenby2013

    Kim was advised by some savvy people who put in place a disability insurance policy for a pretty fair sum: $10 Million! I am not privy to the details of the policy, but not playing professionally ever again was a condition of the payment. Whether he could rehab enough to play is anyone’s guess. But I certainly would have advised that he take the money!

    I am tightening my backswing and while I ain’t no Kim (and certainly no DJ!!), but my ball striking is far more consistent… !

    1. D Watts Post author

      You beat me to it, P.A. – and how about that, the tighter pivot gives you more consistent ball-striking…as it did for me! 😀

      All you have to do is make that “One Major Move” as tightly as possible, and you’re off to the races. I’m looking forward to getting out there next season and airing it out!

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