Don’t Tell Me What’s Happening, Tell Me HOW TO DO IT

If you were watching the CBS coverage from the Canadian Open today, you’ll have seen a swing breakdown on Rory McIlroy with Driver and how he gets positive (upward attack angle).

There was nothing technically wrong with saying to swing like Rory, but it was the whole thing once again on someone just telling you what they’re seeing, which you can see for yourself, and not a thing on how actually to swing like Rory.

First of all, the mention of Rory’s huger shoulder turn – big no-no, as Rory is twisting the lower back quite a bit. He does get some heel lift in the leading foot at times, but there is no way the average person is going to get the same lower back twist, nor should you even be trying to do that.

You get more than adequate shoulder turn with a proper hip & leg pivot:

Second, Rory does not do the “vertical lift” or the “using the ground” nonsense that you’re constantly hearing about, but that will never stop the guys on TV from picking a theme and hammering it into the ground, whether it’s correct or not.

Rory does have some extension of the leading leg into impact but if you were watching, his left foot was flat on the ground at impact, and he doesn’t do the “flying foot” thing.

Third, it is not his leg extension that causes the upward Driver impact, it is simply that he catches the ball at or near the swing bottom, when the leading shoulder is going up and back – now, if your left arm isn’t going to stretch, there is only one direction the hands and club are going to be going at that point, and it’s UP.

Look At Left Shoulder At Impact

As you can see above, I’m not hyper-extending my leading leg into impact and yet I’m creating upwards of 12 degrees launch angle with an 8 degree Driver as you can verify in the data plate at the bottom of this posting.

I’ve even demonstrated how you can create an upward Driver impact with a forward-leaning shaft, and how to create shallow swing bottoms with irons using the proper mechanics and ball position for the club in question:

Fourth, none of this pointing out of Rory’s shoulder turn, extending leg at impact nor his positive attack angle is telling you HOW to swing like Rory, it’s merely telling you what you can see for yourself.  Worse, the suggestion was made to put a water bottle a little ways ahead of the ball to ensure you’re getting the club head up at impact.

That’s nonsense. All you’re going to do is break a lot of water bottles and perhaps strain your wrists, and if you miss the bottle, you’re just making compensations for that drill that will completely disappear once you make a real swing on the course.  Been there, done that with stuff like this, so save yourself the trouble.

Fifth, the absolute bogus claim was offered that getting the club up into the ball at impact will increase your speed and power and give you longer drives.  Absolute rubbish. It might give you longer drives with an upward attack angle based on what we know are optimal impact numbers (positive attack angle, low spin), but in no way will changing your attack angle increase speed and power:

3.9 Upward Attack Angle & 2233 RPM Spin = Long Carry

The only way to increase speed and power is to improve your mechanics, and changing your attack angle is improving impact, not your mechanics.

In fact, manipulating the same swing to change your numbers will likely decrease your speed and power if that’s all you’re doing.

No, the way to swing with great speed and power and to get positive attack angle with the Driver is with the proper setup and mechanics.


And nothing I heard in that demonstration offered an iota to the viewer on how to do that.

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14 thoughts on “Don’t Tell Me What’s Happening, Tell Me HOW TO DO IT

  1. Walter

    LOL, once again Peter K gives us his BS. You are 100% bang on, I watched that clip and thought the same things. I just don’t understand why no one is the golfing world doesn’t put a stop to his BS analysis on public TV. He’s just another idiot who made a name for himself by claiming he knew all about the golf swing, no different than Hank or most of the other idiots who teach bad swing mechanics.

    Speaking about teachers, I came across Larry Cheung’s youtubes, what is take on his teachings? I don’t believe I’ve ever read any of your comments on him, then again I don’t know if you have ever commented on his teachings.

    1. D Watts Post author

      Here’s my take on it, having tangled on Twitter with P.K. a few years back, Walter – it’s not idiocy that takes P.K. down this road but rather toeing the corporate line. He has learned from a hard lesson with Tiger Woods (when TW first turned pro, he refused post-round interviews with PK for years because PK had the nerve to critique his swing on-air) that players don’t like their swings being critiqued.

      So, he will never say anything negative about a player’s mechanics, only offer up a little flaw in a particular swing that had a bad result, or he will rave about a swing that had a good result, as per targettom’s assessment below. Good result, good swing. Bad result, some little mistake here or there that caused it. The exact same swing action will be pronounced great or flawed based on the result.

      That said, P.K. has bills to pay and he wouldn’t last very long in the gig if he started breaking things down, say, the way I do. In order to not offend, or to be relevant, he will at times offer horrific swing advice (twist your back like Rory!) or completely incorrect analysis (calling Luke List a Modern Swinger when he is Classic) or nonsensical tripe (“using the ground,” “vertical lift”).

      I would say however not to be fooled, this is exactly what he’s being paid to do.

      1. Walter

        Maybe calling him an idiot was a little harsh, like you say he’s towing the corp line and that’s what they want him to say without offending the player. Yes you’re right he doesn’t want to rock the boat and end up jobless. The problem is he spreading this to all the golfers watching his broadcast analysis. I guess that’s my point, does he believe everything he says or is he twisting it a bit to make his bosses happy.

        1. D Watts Post author

          Correct on all points, Walter. PK actually admitted as much in our previous Twitter exchange:

          I therefore no longer try to change what he’s saying, but focus rather on trying to mitigate the damage he & others are doing to unsuspecting and trusting viewers.

          As I said in my last statement in that exchange, giving people harmful information is unacceptable, even if it is to earn your wages & that’s why I am so unforgiving about this stuff.

          P.S. – I hope everyone will forgive the grammar in those Tweets, as they were made before Twitter doubled the character allowance, making the making of a point extremely difficult without shortcuts.

    1. D Watts Post author

      I’m not puzzled at all, TT – he’s doing exactly what he’s being paid to do, which is to spout Modern Golf Swing garbage whether he believes it or not, and therefore to keep all the players in their highly-paid Modern teaching instructors’ stables. That’s my take on it.

  2. targettom

    there are plenty of people on TV who are promoted as being “experts” who really know very little about what they’re talking about. I think PK actually believes he is providing value-added content, whatever his motives. And many people are sucked in as Walter suggests, the proof is in many threads over at GolfWRX, lol.

    1. D Watts Post author

      What really astounds me is the number of people teaching or advocating Modern Golf Swing technique who have Biomechanics or Kinesiology degrees.

      Considering that twisting the lumbar region (lower back) is a definite no-no in a mechanically-correct swinging or pulling motion, I have serious reservations about the worth of such degrees if they were earned in any way shape or form studying or writing about the Golf Swing, just as I would question someone who earned a degree in astrophysics with a thesis that the sun circles the earth.

  3. targettom

    oh dear – PK just “analyzed” Rory’s swing again and he said “the torque (from twisting his spine) … is one of the reasons he hits it so far”. Back surgeons across the continent may see an increase in business

  4. Mr. McJohn

    Amazing. And I was just thinking about a better way to throw a fastball: jump off my front foot and fall backward all while making sure my head explodes. Effective, no?

    1. D Watts Post author

      And I was just thinking about a better way to throw a fastball: jump off my front foot and fall backward…

      Sounds great to me, MMJ – said no baseball pitching coach, ever! 😉

  5. Terry

    Dominant win for Rory. Utter BS from Kostis, Great job on the podcast DJ.

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