When is the first or last time you actually heard a golf analyst or instructor say that a certain pro’s golf swing was problematic or an injury risk?
I mean, people here at WAX Golf who were around in the early 2010’s will confirm that I referred to Tiger Woods’ swing with Sean Foley as “The Back-Breaker,” some time before TW actually went and broke it.
On television however, you heard nothing but praise of the motion.
So, let’s take another walk down Lunacy Lane with the latest broken back, shall we?
A pictorial essay:
“Smart and simple,” you see that.
You’ll remember this gentleman from a few days back, Top 100 Golf Instructor:
Loves Will’s swing. It’s the “poster child” of something-something. “Oozes torque,” because that’s a good thing?
He can’t get enough of it.
So, people obviously have questions for the instructor who was touting the swing:
Here’s the good news:
I’ll repeat that with my own emphasis:
There’s obviously huge thoracic and lumber (sic) spine torque and twist in that athletic motion. As with all players, you hope the back holds up. Some players put less stress on it than others according to technique.
I didn’t see any “obviously huge… spine torque and twist” in that Tweet loving the swing, did you? Sure, a generic reference to “torque,” but torqueing of what??
The only time “torque” is discussed in a golf swing should be when describing shaft flex and performance…
I mean, it was obvious to me, but I wasn’t out there Tweeting how great the swing was, and how it’s a “poster child,” although if I had, it would have been followed by “for how to break your back,” but that’s me…
And as for “as with all players, you hope the back holds up…”
Let me put this very simply and very bluntly for everyone who has any interest in playing golf and thinks of getting an instructor who teaches the Modern Golf Swing methods of twisting and torqueing the lower back to complete a shoulder turn:
- If your golf swing contains huge thoracic and lumbar torque and twist, it’s a bad golf swing and very hazardous to your physical health and well-being,
- If anyone admits (1) to you and then says they hope the back holds up, run from them as fast as you can,
- If anyone answers a question of the possibility of a certain type of golf swing causing a severe back injury with anything beginning with “Obviously,” then they are telling you that they know the risks involved in swinging in this manner and are still pushing and recommending it.
- We all know that in every possible sport you can think of – besides golf – what the result would be if a so-called instructor or trainer showed up at a facility and began to propose a technique that is no more effective, powerful or accurate than a mechanically-sound technique but placed “huge torque and twist” forces on the spine and was very likely to result in severe injury…
“Just Hear Me Out, Guys!”
Jack Nicklaus had a “simple and smart” golf swing, as did Byron Nelson, Sam Snead, Tom Weiskopf, George Knudson and many other Classic Golf Swing era players.
Has anyone noticed that the Classic Golf Swing players played golf all the way into their 70’s and some of them still knocked it around in their 80’s?
Can anyone think, off the top of their head, of one Classic Golf Swing era player who actually injured his back swinging a golf club?
I mean, Bobby Jones ended up in a wheelchair in his later years due to a degenerative back condition, and he had to retire from golf at a fairly young age because of it, but he didn’t hurt his back swinging a club!
Now you have players halfway through their 20’s going down with crippling back injuries… while athletes in other sports are enjoying longer and longer careers due to breakthroughs in training, fitness and nutrition.
I Wonder What The Cause Could Be???