Well, I had just told Mr. McJohn in a comment yesterday not to hold his breath on any major golf publications or channels discussing the results of the so-called “X-Factor” study we read about in the BBC…
And lookie here, friends – Golf Digest through GolfWorld courtesy of Joe Beall has just published a piece online doing exactly that:
I’m not going to call it the start of the sea-change, but we could be headed in that direction if the likes of corporate biggie Golf Digest is bringing it to the fore and not trying to ignore the findings.
Quoting the article:
“We believe Tiger Wood’s experience with spinal disease highlights a real and under-recognized issue amongst modern era golfers,” writes Dr. Corey T. Walker. “RTD results from years of degenerative ‘hits’ or strains on the spine resulting in early onset breakdown, instability, and pain.
We hope medical practitioners, and surgeons in particular, will be able to diagnose and treat golfers with RTD in a specialized fashion going forward.”
The first order of business, before we even talk about diagnosing and treating these conditions, in my opinion, would be to wrap that Modern Golf Swing theory up, tie a pretty little bow around it, and transport it to the nearest landfill with a canister of flammable liquid and a lighter.
That aside, the piece incredibly references the same golf instructor from the 1950s about whom I told Mr. McJohn, one Ernest Jones who was told by the then-future President of the PGA of America in 1950 that his teaching model was too simple and wouldn’t sell enough lessons:
This line of thinking is not new, as Phil Mickelson has long been a proponent of these findings.
“You can play golf for a lifetime and injury-free if you swing the club like Bobby Jones did, like Ernest Jones used to teach—where it’s a swinging motion rather than a violent movement,” Mickelson said at the 2016 Masters.
“A lot of the young guys get hurt as they create this violent, connected movement, and I don’t believe that’s the proper way to swing the golf club.”
All I can say is, it’s about time, and this is a good thing.
The only negative is the hundreds or thousands of golfers who will still incur damage to their bodies swinging in the Modern Golf Swing style before that sea-change occurs, not to mention the countless golfers who have already wrecked themselves swing Modern-style.
But it’s at least a start!
I’ve said for years that, had Tiger Woods learned a more mechanically-sound golf swing at some point in his career before the years-long struggle from 2009 to 2018 (half of most careers by far), he would have smashed Jack Nicklaus’ record of 18 majors years ago.
Sadly, we can at least hope that the next greatest-ever caliber player will hit the ground running with a proper mechanically-correct golf swing model that won’t derail his own quest for the record of 19 or more majors.
For TW however, too little, too late.
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