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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