Let Me Ask You A Question

Would you want to actually swing in the manner I will show you below?

I don’t even want to name the instructor, because I’m not out to attack individual instructors, and this is a statement on the Modern Golf Swing.

I can give you the link to the Golf Digest online article, where you can see this stackish and tiltish type of golf swing, all of whose problems arise from the main instruction in the Modern Golf Swing models – do not let your leading heel lift to allow hip turn, at all costs.

I don’t know where this all came from, either.  The only reason given that has ever made half-sense is that it’s supposed to make the swing more stable.

Now, before I even show you the swing in question, ask yourself, what is less stable – a little or more lifting of the leading heel to allow a proper, natural pivot or a leading foot that is flying all over the place as seen below with one particular modern swing?

All of that funky lower body action because Modern Golf has inverted the rule of proper athletic motion – “turning with the fully body using the hips and legs, which means the leading heel will lift on the back pivot” has been changed to, “keep that leading heel flat, anchor that trailing foot, don’t let it release, and good luck with the leading foot through impact.”

OK, I’m finished with that particular rant.  Now, let me show you the swing in question.

“How To Make A Powerful Backswing Turn”

How to make a powerful backswing turn? What does that even mean?

You aren’t hitting anything with the backswing pivot, so how does power have anything to do with it?

It could be that the use of the word “powerful” is put into the backswing turn part because there’s absolutely no power in the actual down swing.

If that were the only problem, no big deal.

However, this is what happens when you swing a golf club keeping your weight on the leading side when you swing back:

Downswing From the Top To Finish

There’s more lower body movement in the post-impact than from the top down, and look at that leading foot – real “stability” in this modern swing.

Take a look also at the leading knee action and answer my question from the title – would you want to swing in this manner, making hundreds if not thousands of swings per week practicing and then playing, all while desperately trying to keep your balance post-impact for a lovely posed finish?

And let me ask you as well, how that leading knee is going to feel after a few months of swinging this way?

Even better, what do you think is going to happen when, as usually happens, one takes a model so lacking in power and tries to add some?

I believe the answer would be found in a popular rice crisp cereal’s signature sound – “Snap, Crackle, Pop.”

All because some genius in the 70’s or 80’s decided that the proper way to swing a golf club wasn’t quite hard or complicated enough, and the instruction money has been pouring into the instruction profession’s coffers like Niagara Falls, all while handicaps have remained stagnant.

A word of advice – if you swing badly with the Classic Golf Swing, stick with it and get some help from someone, because you’ll only be swinging badly.  And with help, you’ll get better.

Trust me on that.

If you swing badly with a Modern Golf Swing model however, you’ll be adding the impossibility of ever mastering a mechanically-unsound golf swing as well as risking and likely eventually incurring injuries in the back and/or lower body, if you practice and play a lot or even if you’re a power swinger, however much you practice and play.

Trust me on that as well.

2 thoughts on “Let Me Ask You A Question

  1. Walter Sexsmith

    Yes but don’t they call that “using the ground for power” or some BS like that, lol?

    1. DJ Watts Post author

      If you’re referring to the Flying Foot Syndrome, Walter – yes, they do. Absolute rubbish, you can’t use the ground if you’re not touching it.

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