While the title actually says, “X-Factor Golf Swing Linked To Back Pain,” you can’t have pain without damage, and if you’re damaging your back doing something repeatedly over a period of years – you’re going to destroy it.
In short, there is a way to turn the body and shoulders when throwing or swinging, and that is to do it using active hip & leg action.
An illustration in the article:
Anything else that involves limiting the hip turn, is not the way to do it, as the article from BBC News written by Michelle Roberts, Health Editor, says below:
An X-factor golf swing tries to get maximum rotation of the player’s shoulders relative to their hips at the top of the backswing.
This big rotation creates wound-up potential energy – the X-factor – but Dr Corey Walker, Dr Juan Uribe and Dr Randall Porter, from Barrow, say it may come at a cost, twisting the lumbar spine.
Of course, critics of the Modern Golf Swing have been saying this for years, yours truly included, and now it seems the medical industry is finally stepping up to state the same.
It’s not just the back swing pivot with restricted hips that puts you at risk of damage, either – that violent “change of direction” they love to talk about to torque the down swing, is just as deadly:
But it’s not just the backswing that might injure the lower spine.
During an explosive downswing, lateral flexion can result in a ‘crunch” of the side of the spine, putting strain on the disc and facet joints on one side of the spine, they say.
Nothing I haven’t said a million times. I have only one beef with the article, as it might tempt those looking for performance even if at the risk of damage, just as many athletes knowingly used PED’s fully aware of the medical risks involved.
The following is NOT true with regards to hitting it harder and further:
The modern “X-factor” swing favoured by many professionals may hit balls harder and further but it can also put extra strain on the spine, the Barrow Neurological Institute experts say.
I’ve said before, that is a fallacy advanced by proponents of the modern, back-torquing swing models, and the proof is in the posting I wrote a while back:
If the torquing, modern planted-heel back swing provided more power, then the world’s long drivers would be swinging that way, but they don’t.
They swing in the Classic Golf Swing style with the hips & legs providing the turning action for the shoulders, and providing the leverage for speed and power.
There are some long drivers who swing with planted heels, but they are the exceptions that prove the rule.
In fact, if you look at last year’s Volvik World Long Drive Champion Maurice Allen, who is very small in stature (5’8″) compared to the average long driver:
… you’ll see the Classic Golf Swing action which is the same type of swing action used by the players of the bygone Classic era pre-Modern Madness.
Jack Nicklaus & The Rest Swung The Same Way
The hips & legs are what provide natural speed and power through leverage and connected hip/torso unit, not twisting the back like a pretzel.
Science is finally catching up to what should be painfully clear by now – the Modern Golf Swing principles and their proponents belong in the dustbin of history, and the quicker the better.
Back Pain or Back Injury Swinging a Golf Club?
Lacking Power, Speed, Distance and or Consistency?
Need A Swing That Is More Easily Maintained?
If You Answered “Yes” To Any Of The Above Questions, The Answer Is In The Formula For The Golf Swing: