I am currently fighting the flu and got out of bed to post this piece that I had written earlier for just this type of day…
One of the reasons I barely watch any televised golf, in addition to the execrable swing analysis regularly dished out, is the hype machine that exists to pump the modern players up as so strong, and so long, and so incredible when they are hitting 330 yard drives.
When I watch golf on television and see the “analysis” on swings, I really wonder if anyone in the “Modern Golf Swing” school knows what a compensation is.
If you asked me what a compensation is, when it relates to the golf swing, to me it’s a motion that is made to overcome either a faulty stance, to make proper contact with the ball from an improper position at some point in the swing (“3 To 9” position or at the top, etc.), or simply to avoid injury that would or could occur if that certain motion is not made.
If you are still fighting the feel of the optimal and mechanically-correct address stance, you really need to look at the address stance of the greatest major champion of all time (and 3rd all time in total Tour wins), one Jack Nicklaus.
I have spoken before as well that you should be careful when looking at Jack’s swing because, likely due to the fact that he spent so little time practicing and playing (he did bear, after the nickname of “Legend In His Spare Time” and the reason for the post thumbnail above), he got away from his most solid fundamentals from time to time before getting back to basics.
I saw a swing gif. of Seve Ballesteros yesterday and it reminded me that he was yet another great and gifted player from the Classic Golf Swing era.
Seve was a bit of a hybrid in that he didn’t show much or any lifting heel, but still got the full hip turn that separates the Classic from the Modern swing, and I can show you two things about his swing that made him powerful and long…and wild…
I know that many people don’t delve into the comments (and I don’t blame you, from what I usually see in the comments sections of other websites), so for those of you who remember my posting on the spine and twisting from last summer (spoiler: don’t do that), here’s a great video from John Vickers, CSCS, of the Golf Swing BMI on that same subject.
All you have to do is watch the “down move” or what most people call the transition at the top from back swing to down swing, to see how the Modern Golf Swing has lost the natural leverage that the Classic Golf Swing models contain(ed).
I got an excellent couple of links from DKondo yesterday when we spoke on Skype for about an hour on the swing, to some Youtube videos.
They show Trackman in the process of proving the MCS Golf Swing theory, and what we’ve been talking about for years here – that the proper impact spine angle is rightward tilting rather than the left-biased or vertical spine junk that began with the Modern Golf Swing madness.