This is the thing that really aggravates me whenever I hear about a kinesiology or biomechanics specialist who is working in the field of golf – they are always looking at golfers’ swings and telling you what the swinger is doing, but they never tell you what the golfer should be doing better or what the optimal mechanical action is or should be.
I would think that, if you are a kinesiologist/biomechanist working in golf, would you not have figured out and built the optimal golf swing model according to human physiology as a 1st, in order to compare/contrast actual swings to the model?
Isn’t that what biomechanics is about? Kinesiology?
Instead, I usually am treated to a discussion on how XYZ Golfer gets X degrees of shoulder turn vs hip turn, or some numbers from a pressure plate as XYZ Golfer swings, telling us what the numbers are, but these are just numbers, not actual technique.
Not to mention, and I’ve said this before – the overwhelming majority of people who have some sort of kinesiology or biomechanics education and who are involved in golf are studying the best way to swing badly and dangerously!
For example, if you look at any study of swing motion from an “expert,” you’ll almost invariably see a Modern Golf Swing motion, with the planted leading heel and torquing of the lower back:
Far be it from me to tell these people how to do their jobs, but the question I would have is, if they have a kinesiology/biomechanics education to begin with, why on earth are they studying the mechanics of the Modern Golf Swing, which is mechanically-unsound and mechanically-incorrect?
Why haven’t they condemned it outright at first glance and told everyone that the Classic Golf Swing method of swinging, using a free hip turn and as much leading heel lift as one needs to complete the shoulder turn using the hips and legs, is the mechanically-proper and mechanically-sound way to swing right off the bat?
Instead, they’re all arguing with each other on how to best swing unsoundly and dangerously…
To me, this is like studying the recipes and baking methods to make cheesecake to then serve to lactose-intolerant people – no matter how well or delicious you bake that cheesecake, serving it to lactose-intolerant people is going to mess.them.up.
And that’s exactly what I see most biomechanists and kinesiologists doing.
In my opinion, if you don’t even know that the Modern Golf Swing method of swinging is mechanically-unsound and dangerous, I have no clue what you were studying when it comes to biomechanics when the 1st order of business would be to declare exactly what is sound vs unsound and sound vs optimal.
So, throwing out the Modern Swing is Step 1.
Then, and only then, could you study the various Classic Golf Swing models (how wide the stance, what spine angle, posture, etc.) to determine an optimal way to swing.
Because, that’s what I did – I first tried both Modern and Classic and, after having thrown Modern theory into the trash where it belongs, I then set about researching the best way to swing using the Classic Golf Swing.
And to the last one, every reason I give for swinging a certain way, from posture, to stance, to grip, to pivot, to down swing and finish – for each and every one, I have an explanation using the human body for why one would want to swing in this manner:
Example: How You Get Full Shoulder Turn Using Hips & Legs
But I don’t have to do that with the Modern Golf Swing – trying to pivot one’s body keeping both feet flat is not mechanically-correct, let alone optimal, and trying therefore to complete a full shoulder turn using un-natural movements such as twisting the lower back is simply unsound and dangerous, which means that these two things have no business being in a discussion of how best to swing a golf club.
Anything else is either optimal, non-optimal or simply a flaw in mechanics, but the Modern Golf principles are nothing more than garbage biomechanics and a ticking time bomb of potential and avoidable injury.
So, where are all of these swing models from the people who claim to bring science to the golf swing?
Stop telling us what any one golfer is doing and tell us what your optimal mechanical model is, please… then we can have a discussion.
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