Keys To Power Leveraging – The Spine & Shoulder Tilt Are Key

You’ve seen that despite the Modern Golf Swing’s insane mechanical theory (which is dead wrong, by the way) that you best generate power by restricting the hip turn and torquing the lower back, there are still fundamentals that even the MGS proponents can’t eliminate.

While they have successfully convinced people to wreck their bodies over the last thirty years or so with that move, here is something that all powerful swingers do – reach impact with the spine tilting away from the target.

You will also have a tilt to the shoulders (see Ben Hogan & Jack Nicklaus above) – and don’t listen to the TV pundits who talk about “level shoulders,” either at address or through the ball, because they’re full of it.

If you look at Modern Golf Swing legend Tiger Woods, you’ll see that even he comes into impact with a significant tilt to both the spine (away from the target) and the shoulders.

So, you would expect to hear that TW has either level shoulders or a “high right shoulder” through impact, would you?  Looking above, how could you claim such a thing?


Witness the following discussion on Tiger’s shoulders by a certain analyst and you’ll be told that this isn’t so, and that’s it’s actually to be avoided:

The thing that bothers me the most is this sentence near the end of the clip:

“Watch that right shoulder release past his chin, staying level…”

I have a question – what on earth is he talking about?

The right shoulder is vertically below the left shoulder at this point, so what exactly is it level with??

Not to mention, the right shoulder is nowhere past his chin, so that particular sentence is just a string of English words put together.

I’ve pointed out this disconnect between modern golf analysis and what’s actually going on with the swing being discussed before.

Back almost 2 years ago I, wrote:

Want a psychedelic trip? Watch Nick Faldo try to describe the shoulders at impact below, talking about keeping a “high right shoulder” which would mean level or near-level shoulders:

Do yourself a favor and watch the entire clip if you want to see how crazy all of this is.

Sir Nick sure talks a good game about level shoulders and turning through the shot, and Michael Breed is there of course to agree that a low right shoulder is bad, yet look at Faldo’s impact position in ’94, when he’d already won 5 of his eventual 6 total majors, and in his prime:

You can see clearly the tilted spine and shoulders, despite whatever Faldo is saying to do in the studio.

The high leading shoulder is required for proper leading side leverage, and you can’t have a high leading shoulder and a high trailing shoulder at impact – that would make them level, and we can all see that no one is doing this at impact.

So, whatever you’re hearing or reading, the spine must be tilted away from the target at impact, and the shoulders should have a significant tilt to them, high leading shoulder, low trailing shoulder, for effective ball striking, whatever kind of swing model you wish to follow.

If that swing model doesn’t call for these fundamentals however, you’re not getting proper golf swing mechanics in your instruction.

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5 thoughts on “Keys To Power Leveraging – The Spine & Shoulder Tilt Are Key

  1. D. Moriarty

    My mother had a term for this when we were growing up. She used to say people like this were “hablando mierda”…and she was right.
    When the classic swing makes it resurgence and these guys need to recant, it’ll be a blast to watch!

    1. D Watts Post author

      Yes, it’s definitely in the “hablando mierda” category, DL…lol… and don’t hold your breath waiting for them to recant – they will switch over and act as if they never, ever said anything different. Or they’ll say that they’ve discovered something (when it’s been there all along).

      You could bet on that.

  2. Mike Divot

    I don’t have the tech skills, but I would love to see someone take random pro golfers swings and set Kostis’ audio to them.
    My guess is, it would make exactly as much sense as when he talks about the golfer he is looking at.

    (Watching Snead swing) “you can see here he keeps his left heel firmly planted, for power, and his hips have barely moved which gives him great leverage. Now here in the downswing he’s staying back on his right foot and look at way he’s using the ground, for power. He jumps and leaves the ground entirely. He straightens his left leg and actually hyperextends the knee. Then he misses the ball entirely and jams the shaft 6 inches deep, and that’s why he falls over, injuring his coccyx. This is a very very fine golf swing.”

    The group-think in golf instruction is something to marvel at. The emperor truly has no clothes, and you, DJ, are the boy in the crowd calling it. One day the crowd will cotton on.

    1. D Watts Post author

      Thanks, MD – I haven’t always been like this.

      My disdain for TV and magazine analysis began when I discovered in 2014 after years of being told that Hogan was the father of the modern golf swing that he actually swung in the Classic style.

      I had thrown out studying Hogan because I had foolishly listened to what I was seeing and hearing on TV and in magazines about his “restricted hip” pivot and planted heel.

      When I went back and dissected his swing from beginning to end, the light-bulb went off – the pundits were absolutely full of it, beginning with the hip restriction.

      From there, I quickly saw that hardly anything I listened to closely on the swing made any sense at all – it was either mechanically unsound stuff being advocated or just simply, the description of the action didn’t match the action being described.

      This bogus analysis coupled with the obsession/hero worship of a handful of golfers to the exclusion of all else has led me to watching less and less golf every year to barely any now outside of the majors. I’ll watch a bit here and there but I can’t stomach four days of “hablando mierda,” as DL so eloquently stated.

  3. Mr. McJohn

    I watch “Days of Our Lives”, a soap opera, because I can, and at least it gives me something a laugh at as I watch the actors grind out lines and churn out drama from cold. I watch golf on TV for shock value LOL.

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