I made a point in a comment about Justin Thomas having very low Angle of Attack despite his “flying foot” which is supposed to add “vertical lift” or to be “using the ground,” and I said that I’d check to make sure.
I had checked before, and I went to check another couple of very well-known “flying foot” club members, Patrick Rodgers and Jordan Spieth, to see what their launch numbers were saying.
I want to make a point as well that this isn’t an attack on any player, all of whom are among the best golfers in the universe if they are on the PGA Tour.
This is about the rubbish proffered daily to the viewing/reading public about things that just aren’t true – like the “flying foot.”
So again, great golfers, both of whom have the “flying foot” going on, and it has nothing to do with “using the ground,” it’s a compensation for an anchored trailing foot while swinging at high speed with a wider stance than will allow full hip rotation without the “flying foot” compensation.
Spieth, Thomas & Rodgers
Here are the current average Launch Angles for the 3 players (last year for Rodgers b/c that’s the latest driver info I could find) with the latest available driver lofts:
Jordan Spieth – T96th with an average of 10.01 degrees Launch Angle. Driver 9.5 Degrees
Justin Thomas – 131st with an average of 9.28 degrees Launch Angle. Driver 9.5 degrees
Patrick Rodgers – 149th with an average of 10.09 degrees Launch Angle for 2018 season. Driver 8.5 degrees (2018)
That’s some “vertical lift” there, friends – Spieth with a half-degree of LA higher than his driver loft, Thomas with a negative LA to driver loft of nearly a quarter degree, and Rodgers with a towering 1.59 degrees of LA to driver loft.
And for Rodgers, it gets much worse, as he’s currently 153rd in rankings, averaging 8.76 degrees Launch Angle for the 2019 season. I just don’t have his current driver loft to compare but unless he has dropped it to 7 degrees, his Attack Angle is even lower this season and is likely barely above 0-1 degrees.
Meanwhile, you can always see that I’m producing as high a Launch Angle and Attack Angle as the highest ranked guys on Tour, and I have nothing of the sort going on with my feet:
There’s nothing else to say. You cannot make a serious suggestion that the “flying foot” is creating higher Attack or Launch Angle when the 3 most egregious flying footers are hovering between negative and +1-2 degrees Attack Angle and they are at the bottom of the rankings for Launch Angle.
Unless you’re trying to gloss over either the compensations themselves or the fact that you have no clue why they’re doing it and therefore have to make stuff up out of whole cloth.
I don’t see any other option.