When it comes to the Classic Golf Swing, I’ve always used Jack Nicklaus as an example of a near-optimal motion, but there’s someone else who has been overlooked, even though I mention him quite a bit.
That person is Greg Norman, who is considered to be the best ever driver using a persimmon club when you take into account driving distance and accuracy.
I actually have probably not overlooked him as much as I just stated, to be fair, because I have previously mentioned this about the Shark – not to mention, when I did discuss the releasing trailing foot during a swing, I said that Norman’s was likely the optimal way to do it.
Greg Norman’s Foot Slide
Granted, Norman’s swing itself wasn’t perfect, as you can see he had quite a bit of leading foot instability even with the short-stop slide:
… which I would put down to a flaw in his setup, most likely his ball position at address.
Many people who follow my work are unlikely to love this statement (of a Normanesqe foot-slide being optimal) because they view a sliding trailing foot as a swing flaw of some sort.
Funny enough, the same people would see nothing wrong with this kind of footwork:
Fortunately for myself, I go where the research and results take me, so I don’t care what my golf swing actually looks like as long as I know that I’m swinging properly with mechanical-soundness, and especially if I consider a move to be optimal.
To me, proper and correct is the most beautiful athletic motion to observe, so I love Norman’s foot release because I know why it occurs, whereas I loathe the footwork of the flying leading foot precisely because I know why it occurs.
In this regard, once I came to a conclusion about a month ago that there is no way to swing correctly in the Classic Golf Swing model without a trailing foot release of some kind through the swing bottom, I began to just swing and see what happened the harder I swung.
Now, I’m of the opinion that the closer I came to a solid double-foot planted impact this past season, the further from the simple truth I was getting because it didn’t take long for me, once I accepted that the foot will release if swinging properly, to arrive at Norman’s particular action.
Interesting as well, that Norman was essentially self-taught, just as Sam Snead was.