I like to share uplifting stories, and you’ll remember WAX Nation that I mentioned to Fred Greene during our interview for his “Golfsmarter” podcast that when people tell me that I’ve helped them keep playing or begin playing golf again after back issues or other, it makes it all worth while.
I’ve corresponded for a time with a PGA of America instructor out in Arizona, and earlier in the week he emailed me with a great story about the MCS Golf Swing.
This gentleman’s name is Ron Ferry, PGA, the Head Professional at Oakwood Country Club in the Sun Lakes area, and this is part of what he wrote:
I thought I would share with you a short story which occurred 8 weeks ago. I have been an avid Harley rider since I was 15 years old… I was involved in an accident for the first time in my life 8 weeks ago. I broke 6 ribs and suffered a class 3 concussion.
I was told it may be 12-16 weeks before I could play again. Being a Marine, I was determined to get back as soon as possible. The swing which I have adopted from your videos has allowed me to get back at 8 weeks.
A greater hip pivot takes the stress off the back and ribs allowing a pain free swing. I am also starting to teach this method to my clients. As I work in a 55 and up community, all are seniors and are faced by physical limitations. Once I show them what can be achieved by creating a greater pivot, they are stunned 😳!
Since I first contacted you some months ago… the changes I have made in my own swing, thanks again to your thought processes, has allowed me to get back to business some two months sooner than the medical predictions.
This is the long way of saying a heartfelt THANKS!
I’d like to thank Ron for allowing me to share part of his email, and also for helping his clients continue to keep golfing as they age, because we all know that the Modern Golf Swing gets harder and harder to perform without risk of injury, the older one gets.
It is not even recommended for the younger golfer, although the younger you are, the longer you can get away with it before something bad occurs (and a lucky few might escape injury altogether) because it’s simply not the way to swing a golf club if you want to do it in mechanically-sound fashion.
The mechanically-proper way to swing a golf club, we all know on this blog, is in the Classic Golf Swing method, by allowing the hips & legs to work freely for power production – doing it with the lower back and “torque” is, in one word, unsound.
Let’s look at the evidence:
- Science studies have declared that the Modern Golf Swing destroys the lower back, and that’s not even in dispute by the people teaching it,
- It’s as bad for the body as contact sport, another study has shown,
- A study on the “X-Factor” method of Modern Swinging has found it is injuring golfers’ back at younger ages,
- Jack Nicklaus condemned it in 1974, going so far as to call it “Hogwash,” as has Mickey Wright in comments, and it’s amazing to me that such luminaries in the game would be ignored when it comes to swinging technique.
No one in any other sport would deliberately teach mechanically unsound techniques, because unsound technique is the enemy of optimal performance and longevity.
Unfortunately, because golf is as much a game as it is a sport, people invariably tie a golfer’s performance with the quality of their golf swing when the two have no real relation.
You can have a very iffy golf swing, mechanically, and be a very good golfer, and you can have a very mechanically-sound golf swing and not be very good at all.
However, when it comes to performance, speed and power, not to mention reduced risk of injury, you will not find many if any in the top level Long Drive arena still swinging in the Modern Golf Swing style anymore, simply because it is not the way to produce maximum power and speed.
You do that with the hips & legs and, when you deliberately restrict the hips and twist the lower back to produce speed and power, you are doing it in a very dangerous way,
In a pure sport like Long Drive, you will not last long before your performance decreases or you incur injury, or both.
And the question that always comes to mind for me, with my lifetime of experience in sports of all types is, this:
If you know that there is a mechanically-sound method of doing something, which would give you maximum performance and much lower risk of injury than another technique, why would you ever consider not doing it the proper way?
I’m still searching for the answer to that question in the golf instruction and analysis I see on television and online.
But I see that Ron Ferry’s students are in good hands, as he is dedicated to teaching the game and is also aiding them in swinging more mechanically-correctly, so that they can continue to enjoy the game in their twilight years!
Kudos to him for that.
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